We distribute food to schools mainly via two methods: Food Share Tables and our Backpack program.. Food Share Tables are simple: students leave excess or unwanted food at a specified location in the school cafeteria (packaged food, cartons of milk, or whole fruits). Other students who may be hungry can take an item from the Food Share Table. At the end of the day, surplus food could be used to support after-school activities.
Through our Backpack Food program, we currently provide weekend food to students at 15 local schools. This food currently helps to support nearly 500 families.
Food Banks and Food Pantries
Our most common distribution partners are food banks and food pantries. Traditional food banks are open at regular business hours several days per week and serve those in the area who need food assistance. Food pantries allow access to those for a few hours on certain days of the week. Pantries can be found in a standalone buildings, in churches, on college campuses, and in sharing space with a community non-profit.
Mobile Home Parks and Housing Communities
Work obligations, transportation issues, and other barriers can make it tough to get to food banks or pantries on a regular basis. By working with the staff at housing communities, we are able to provide rescued food to residents who need food assistance right where they live.