Feed Spokane Contributor and Board Member Since 2011
I’ve been in the restaurant business for 50 years and one of the most exasperating aspects was the amount of food that would need to be disposed of at the end of the day.
About 12 years ago, the Spokane Regional Health District allowed properly refrigerated food waste to be “rescued” due to the Good Samaritan Act of 1998. To make such an impact on hunger and food waste – well, it’s simply the right thing to do.
I pick-up our four restaurants’ rescued food each week which is upwards of 200 pounds of chicken filets and strips and deliver to the 1114 N Fancher site where on an average of 20 coalition members participate. These “outreach” non-profits share in the 5000 pound average of accumulated food products. It’s heartwarming to watch these nonprofits glean as they take back what they need and produce meals with it.
To know that this venture produces 20,000 meals per week in our community for the less fortunate is why I support Feed Spokane’s mission to safely rescue quality food providing our community’s food insecure.