Growing Amounts of "Rescued Food" Used to Make Meals for Families in Need

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Aug 14, 2019

Growing Amounts of "Rescued Food" Used to Make Meals for Families in Need

Fox 9 News 

Summary: Every day usable food ends up getting thrown out, but Minnesota nonprofit Loaves & Fishes is rescuing more of that food than ever before.

At the Loaves & Fishes dining site at Salvation Army Temple Corps, nearly everything on the plate served today is “rescued.” Every day, Loaves & Fishes Site Coordinator Katelynn Strawmatt prepares food donated by suppliers and restaurants.

Strawmatt said, “We value people. We want to give them fresh, healthy food, and they deserve it.”

Loaves & Fishes Executive Director Cathy Maes said the nonprofit rescued 223,000 pounds of food in July, triple the amount rescued in the same month last year. The rescued food is being served to people in need at Loaves & Fishes dining sites and outlets.

One in eleven Minnesotans struggle with hunger, according to statistics from Feeding America.

Maes said, “It could be your neighbor who is a senior citizen and doesn’t make meals for themselves. And they’re hungry.”  

Loaves & Fishes served more than one million meals to people in need in 2018 and is on track to serve 1.3 million meals in 2019.