Increasing Access, Reducing Waste
We received boxes of these beautiful berries from Trader Joe’s. As overstock items, they couldn’t be sold in the store. Unfortunately, many businesses throw away perfectly good food such as this.
Fresh fruits and vegetables are vital to a healthy diet. However, a diet rich in fresh produce is more expensive than one high in processed foods, making it cost-prohibitive for many people. In addition, fresh foods (which spoil relatively easily) are more difficult for food shelves and soup kitchens to carry.
Percent of our food is wasted
Billion pounds of food goes into the landfill annually
Million Americans Face Hunger
Meanwhile, food waste is a huge problem in the US. It is estimated that between 30 to 40 percent of our food ends up in a landfill, or about 133 billion pounds annually (source). With 41 million Americans facing hunger (source), this is an unconscionable misuse of resources.
Every week, we pick up surplus food from grocery stores and distribution centers across the Twin Cities. All of this food would otherwise be thrown away, either because it’s overstocked or visually imperfect. Much of it is fresh produce, which is often less available to those in need. Food donors in 2019 include Trader Joe’s, United Noodle, St. Vincent de Paul, Urban Organics, and more.
For a full list of recent food donors, see our partners page.
Days a week, we deliver food to charities that serve people in need
Thousand pounds of food saved every week
Organizations served in the Twin cities metro area
In order to serve communities that are the most disadvantaged, we partner with local nonprofit organizations such as soup kitchens, homeless shelters, and food shelves. Our work provides them with reliable access to fresh foods. 2019 food recipients include Keystone Community Food Shelf, Community Emergency Service, VEAP, and Groveland Food Shelf.
For a full list of recent recipients, see our partners page.