created at: 2013-12-31Family Table is proud to work with several vendors that are dedicated to food rescue. Food rescue organizations help mitigate waste of food that either cannot be sold from grocers or cannot be harvested in farmers’ fields. It has been estimated that more than 96 billion pounds of wholesome and delicious food is wasted each day (source: USDA). This equates to as much as 40% of the available food supply in the United States (source: Nation Resource Defense Council). 

Grocery stores may dispose of perfectly good items because they are near the end of their shelf life or due to a change in packaging. In the fields, farmers are sometimes unable to harvest an entire crop on a timely basis. In such situations food rescue organizations step in to connect the unwanted product to grateful food pantries and soup kitchens.

Since 2010, Family Table has been working with Lovin’ Spoonfuls, which channels unsalable supermarket products to organizations such as ours. On the flipside, we also occasionally have produce leftover from one of our distributions and we are able to give that to Lovin’ Spoonfuls to bring to another food pantry or soup kitchen that can put it to use right away.

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