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Feed Your Mind

Food Waste?  Is it really waste? Truck-to-Table collaborative dinner suggests not.

Greenville, SC – Loaves & Fishes and Project Host sought to answer the question what happens to perfectly edible food that would otherwise be wasted? The two organizations answered the question with their celebrated, successful and longstanding collaboration during the Truck to Table Community Dinner this month. 60 invited guests enjoyed a delicious meal prepared by Project Host’s culinary students using only ingredients included in that day’s food donations received from Loaves & Fishes. Students who participate in the free culinary job-skills program are typically unemployed or underemployed, often due to barriers such as lack of education or homelessness. The students more than met the Iron Chef style challenge by creating tasty dishes from beef bourgeoisie to homemade ice cream covering a delectable cinnamon bun! “It was amazing to have...

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One month, 29,216 pounds of food

Canned food collected for Loaves & Fishes helps stock agencies’ shelves for the New Year. GREENVILLE, SC (December 5, 2018) — Over 29,000 pounds of canned goods and boxed foods were collected during the month of November for Loaves & Fishes’ Feed the Thousands campaign. Twenty-two local businesses, churches and schools collected the much-needed items for the food rescue agency. The results of their combined efforts yielded an impressive 29,216 pounds of non-perishable food. Primrose Academy at Five Forks collected the most of all the donors with 2,000 pounds. “At Primrose, we pride ourselves on helping children become active members in their community and our world. Each day we teach generosity and how to be kind to one another, without expectation or reward.” Green Cloud Technologies was a close second this year...

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Loaves & Fishes Receives Food & Funds from DHG

Loaves & Fishes Receives Food & Funds from Dixon Hughes Goodman LLC GREENVILLE, SC (July 26, 2018) – Dixon Hughes Goodman has made a tremendous impact on the food rescue scene in Greenville County. The local Certified Public Accountants and Advisors have donated more than $11,000 and 1,000 pounds of non-perishable food to Loaves & Fishes as part of their corporate Count the Cans campaign. They were joined in their efforts by Dixon Hughes Goodman offices across twelve states. Unlike most food drives that take place during the holiday season, DHG holds its annual campaign at the beginning of the summer in response to an increased need among children in our community. Kids who rely on school breakfasts and lunches face going without during summer break, forcing parents to seek alternative sources for food. "Almost half of...

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Greenville Community Helps Fund Food Rescue Truck

GREENVILLE, SC (September 17, 2018) – Loaves & Fishes is Greenville’s food rescue organization that is solely responsible for rescuing 2.3 million pounds of food in 2017 and delivering it to nearly 100 agencies feeding the hungry in our Greenville community. They do all of this with a fleet of three trucks and have recently replaced their aging produce truck thanks to generous community partners. In May, Loaves & Fishes was awarded $50,000 by Greenville Women Giving, which contributed to the fleet replacement project, but they still needed $20,000 to cover the remainder of the replacement truck. That was exactly how much Loaves & Fishes received from The SPINX Company as a beneficiary of the 2018 SPINX Golf Charity Classic. "Greenville Women Giving and SPINX are true partners to the nonprofit...

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A Sold-Out Brunch that Fed Thousands

GREENVILLE, SC (May 2, 2019) — Loaves & Fishes' mission is to take what’s available and multiply it among those in need in Greenville County, so it is no surprise that their most recent fundraising event did just that. Taste of the Upstate has become a staple event in downtown Greenville as it showcases some of the best restaurants in town including Husk, The Lazy Goat, Moe’s Original Bar-B-Que, Northampton Wine + Dine, Nose Dive, Passerelle Bistro, Roost, Smoke on the Water and Buttermilk Sky Pie. Live music from The Greenville Jazz Collective and St. Anthony of Padua Male Choir brought a wonderful touch of New Orleans inspired jazz and gospel to the brunch.  A new contributor to the event, Open Arts Studio displayed seven local artists who auctioned off...

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A Sweet Gift, a Changed Life

GREENVILLE, SC -  Mast General Store in Greenville is partnering with Loaves & Fishes this Valentine’s to restock their community food pantries. The annual Be a Sweetheart, Feed the Hungry campaign, February 9 & 10, matches each pound of candy purchased at Mast Store with a $1 donation that our partners then stretch to: Supply foods to encourage healthy eating - over 68% of the food distributed in 2016 is recognized by Feeding America as foods that focus on good health, like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, etc., Rescue foods that would otherwise be discarded from restaurants and other businesses, Feed seniors who may never have had to worry about food until their spouse passed away, and Nourish hungry veterans who are struggling to put enough food on their tables. With your...

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Save the Date! CROP Hunger Walk!

Mark your calendars and plan to join us for the annual Upstate Crop Hunger Walk on Sunday, March 24, 2019!  (Greenville Technical College/Barton Campus; 2:30 pm walk start/1:30 pm pre-walk activities & sign-in) This 5 K family walk event supports the local hunger fighting efforts of Loaves and Fishes in Greenville, and the world hunger programs of Church World Service.  CROP Hunger Walks are interfaith community events which engage over 1,000 communities in the U.S. each year to fight hunger in their communities and around the world. Please reply to this email if your faith group or organization would like to participate in this year’s walk.  There is no fee to participate, but participants are encouraged to raise money to help fight hunger – every dollar makes a difference! Individuals and teams are...

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The Impact Food Rescue Makes on Other Nonprofits

You’re probably aware by now of the effect food rescue has on fighting hunger and reducing waste. What you may not realize, however, is the impact food rescue has on other nonprofit organizations. In 2017, we distributed more than 2.2 million pounds of food to the 90+ nonprofit agencies we partner with across the Upstate. What kind of impact does food rescue have on these organizations? Reduces their operating costs One of the most significant ways food rescue impacts nonprofit organizations is by reducing their operating costs. Some organizations, such as homeless or women’s shelters, need to serve meals to those they assist. In those instances, the food that comes from rescue organizations significantly reduces how much these nonprofits need to spend on food costs. Other nonprofits that require food for their...

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How to Get Involved with Food Rescue

Maybe you know someone who’s been personally affected by hunger. Maybe you’ve been following Loaves & Fishes on Twitter and have become passionate about our work. Maybe you see the need but aren’t sure how to make a difference. No matter who you are or what skills you possess, there’s a way for you to get involved with food rescue. 1. Raising awareness One of the most important ways you can help your community is by sharing what you have learned about food rescue. Most are unaware of how prevalent hunger is throughout the country and even in their own backyards. Sharing statistics about local hunger can have a major impact on your friends and colleagues and can spur them to action. Reducing hunger is possible if we all work together. In addition,...

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How to Reduce Personal Food Waste — and Feed the Hungry

Each American wastes about one pound of food each day — enough to feed 2 billion people each year, according to the Department of Agriculture. When food waste accounts for 19 percent of landfills yet over 41 million Americans struggle with hunger, something doesn’t add up. Reducing food waste has become a necessity not only for our environment but also for our hungry citizens. At Loaves & Fishes, we fight food waste by rescuing food from donors, like grocery stores or restaurants, and delivering it to those in need, via shelters or community centers.  But it takes all of us working together to make a significant dent in our food waste problem — and that starts at home. Read on for ways you can personally help to reduce food waste in...

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