Welcome to Day Three of Leftovers’ year-end journey into food rescue from the food’s perspective! (Missed Day Two? Check it out here!) Today our tenacious tater will continue his journey into the hands and hearts of one of our service agency partners…
Now back to our story, where Russell the Russet is astonished to be treated well…
When we arrived at our destination, the driver carried my box into a room filled with voices and light. Kind faces peered into the box, and someone picked me up. “This all looks great,” she said, and I couldn’t believe she meant me, sprouts and all. “It will be perfect for the hampers we’ll be bringing to people tonight.”
Gentle hands picked me up and put me in a new box, with all kinds of different foods. No one seemed to care that I had a few bruises. Even though I wasn’t perfect, everyone was still treating me like good food.
Was I really going to be part of a meal, after all?
Meal or mulch?? There may be light at the end of the tunnel! Let’s find out in our next encouraging installment!
Leftovers’ service agency partners work hard supporting community members facing barriers, and we want to reduce as many obstacles to that work as we can. Rescue Food’s volunteer delivery model ensures that service agencies don’t have to spend their staff and volunteers’ time picking up food for their programs. Through our app and large-scale food redirection from our warehouses in Calgary and Winnipeg, Leftovers currently supports more than 150(!!) service agencies in Alberta and Manitoba.
Our service agency partners make sure good food gets to people who need it. They serve a variety of vulnerable communities with programming that includes school meals and snacks, community fridges, food hampers, hot meals in emergency shelters and group homes, community kitchens, food banks, and emergency food distribution to community members experiencing homelessness.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, demand for food access programming has increased across Canada, with agencies unable to support all of the community members who have been pushed to the margins with rapidly rising housing, fuel, and food costs. In 2022, Rescue Food supported more than 75,000 meals per month for Albertans and Manitobans experiencing crisis and chronic hunger.
Help Leftovers support our service agency partners to increase food access for vulnerable community members. Donate now to rescue good food and get it to the people who need it most.