On Tuesday, part of the Freshspire team visited the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle for a Lunch & Learn, where we got to hear about various programs offered through the food shuttle to alleviate food insecurity and hunger in our community. IFFS offers free food through neighborhood mobile markets, senior grocery bag delivery service, backpack buddies programs for students, school pantries, and their mobile tastiness machine.
The IFFS states that “putting food on a plate is not enough to end hunger” so in addition to providing free food they also teach job culinary skills, how to shop/cook on a budget through their Cooking Matters Program, and how to grow fruits and vegetables. We were excited to learn that the IFFS takes the extra step to not only encourage members of the community to eat healthier but also teach ways in which participants can cook the produce they are given.
During the lunch and learn we received a tour of their warehouse and got to see where all of the food is prepared, sorted and organized. The IFFS reports that "40% of food that is grown, processed and transported will never be consumed". Similar to Freshspire's mission, the food shuttle is passionate about redirecting this food to fight hunger in the company. Food shuttle drivers and volunteers help recover excess food and donations from retailers, markets, wholesalers and farmers which is then distributed to partner pantries, soup kitchens and other human service agencies. We were delighted to share this common goal of reducing excess food waste with the IFFS and to hear about the programs being implemented in the community.
If you would like to learn more about the IFFS we recommend attending a lunch and learn which is held on the second Tuesday of every month! Visit their event page on the IFFS website for more information on how to register.