Why “Direct-Transfer” Food Rescue Is Such A Good Idea

We all know that it’s not always a straight line that connects where something is to where it needs to be, but when we plan out our days we still try to integrate as many “straight-lines” as possible.  You can get from Alabama to New Jersey through Nevada, but it’s not the ideal path right?

Community Plates started based on the idea that rescued foods would be best utilized by those who serve America’s food-insecure population (food-pantries and soup kitchens) if they received it as directly as possible.  This is why the one of three pillars of this food-rescue movement is “direct-transfer.”  Quite simply this means that rescued-food need not travel to any secondary location before it arrives at that place where hungry people get fed.  One year into this “Food-For-All” revolution this idea is showing real promise and may eventually prove lethal to American hunger.

Here’s just two reasons why direct-transfer food-rescue is such a good idea:

1.  Since food is not brought back to a warehouse to be sorted and stored,  Community Plates eliminates the overhead normally attached to physical locations and the employees it takes to staff those locations.  This supports our goal of building a sustainable, scalable platform.

2.  Since food eligible for rescue is often “ready to eat right now”, direct-transfer means that more of it will actually be eaten.  This is especially the case with fresh foods including produce which may only have 48 hours of life left when they’re rescued (just as an example.)  Point A to B transfer means an apple or mango (or bag of lettuce, etc.) might be providing nourishment within hours of it’s rescue rather than taking the chance for increased spoilage and waste by being sorted and warehoused.

Technology and passionate generous people make this kind of process possible.  American hunger better start looking for a new job!

What are other reasons why direct-transfer makes sense?