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 the opportunity to experience firsthand the magic Project Host creates daily with the foods we are able to deliver free of charge,” commented Loaves & Fishes Executive Director, Paulette Dunn. The event was a chance for both organizations to show supporters how Project Host utilizes the fresh food delivered to them by Loaves & Fishes weekly to feed food insecure people who visit the soup kitchen daily.
“Without these two to three weekly donations, Project Host would have to spend a great deal more money to feed the 125-150 people who walk through our doors daily,” explained Savannah Porter, Project Host’s Associate Director. Loaves & Fishes delivered 63,458 pounds of fresh produce, prepared foods and canned goods to Project Host last year. The food rescued by the organization doesn’t just make an impact on food insecurity in Greenville. The daily donations from local grocery stores, restaurants and caterers also means perfectly good food is kept out of our community’s landfills. In 2018, Loaves & Fishes rescued over 2.2 million pounds of food and delivered it to 98 agencies that help to feed the over 57,000 food insecure people in in Greenville County.
About Loaves & Fishes
Loaves & Fishes is a nonprofit organization that reduces hunger in Greenville County by rescuing food that would otherwise be wasted and delivering it to nearly 100 partner organizations for distribution to those in need. Founded in 1991, we serve as a vital conduit through which businesses can contribute to the community in a meaningful way and surplus food can be maximized. Our goal is to eliminate food insecurity among our neighbors by working to ensure no good food goes to waste. For more information, please call 864-232-3595 or visit www.loavesandfishesgreenville.org.
About Project Host
Project Host uses food as a tool to nourish the hungry and train the unemployed through the following programs: The Soup Kitchen, the CC Pearce Community Culinary School, Cooking for Kids, and Gardening for Good. Project Host aims to provide nourishment for our community’s least fortunate neighbors, to build job and life skills for chronically unemployed or underemployed people, and to offer employment opportunities to Culinary School graduates through the bakery and food truck. For more information, please visit our website at www.projecthost.org or call 864-235-3403.