not this year! Based on our preliminary numbers for the month, our hard-working volunteers have rescued close to 161,ooo pounds of food so far this year. In addition to the usual baked items and restaurant foods, we also rescued two pallet-loads of frozen mango smoothie mix, 160 cases of Brussel sprouts, and 8,000 pounds of potatoes refused by stores for various reasons and several hundred pounds of meat that another charity failed to pick up as scheduled. Waste Not Want Not putting food where it belongs – on plates, not in landfills.
Volunteers gleaning with the Society of Saint Andrew delivered 3300 pounds of broccoli today.
Would we like 32 dozen eggs from free-range chickens? Of course! But since the eggs were in far-away Palatka, instead of rescuing them, we suggested they be donated to one of our recipient groups located in Palatka. Bread of Life, a group that cooks lunch for 100 or so every day of the year, was delighted to get this wonderful, protein-rich food. Best of all, the farmer indicated that she would be donating eggs regularly.
the Time-Union published a wonderful article about Food Rescue and Waste Not Want Not! http://jacksonville.com/entertainment/food-and-dining/2012-01-19/story/nonprofit-volunteers-help-rescue-food-needy.
The students from Ridgeview High School Spanish Honor Society and National Honor Society spent the early morning picking oranges, grapefruit, and tangerines.
They brought over 2550 pounds of gorgeous fruit gleaned from homeowners in Mandarin to Waste Not Want Not much to the delight of our recipients. This is the 5th year that Spanish Honor Society students from two different high schools have donated time to glean citrus trees and fields (cabbage and broccoli). We were excited to learn that Ridgeview students will be gleaning citrus again on February 4th, helping put even more surplus food to good use.