January 25, 2023
NONPROFIT FOOD CONNECTION HITS HALF A MILLION MEALS DELIVERED TO WESTERN CAROLINA NEIGHBORS IN NEED
(Keeping 205 TONS of fresh meals out of the Buncombe County Landfill)
Asheville, North Carolina, January 25, 2023 Since launching in 2015, Food Connection has provided over 500,000 meals to people in need by rescuing and redistributing freshly prepared food that otherwise would have been thrown away. This surplus food is donated for redistribution by restaurants, caterers, universities and retirement homes in Buncombe County.
“We continue to believe that no fresh food should end up in the landfill while our neighbors go hungry,” says Marisha MacMorran, Executive Director: “Food Connection connects the dots between those with too much food, to those without enough.”
Food Donors, including UNC Asheville, Ridgecrest Conference Center, and Givens Highland Farms, schedule weekly pickups from Food Connection. “Our team is grateful that there is an alternative to throwing out perfectly good food. Food Connection is the catalyst to get it where it’s needed most,” said Chef Melissa McKnight from the Omni Grove Park Inn.
Much of this food is repacked into individual meals and served through the new Food Connection Mobile Meals truck that goes directly into neighborhoods and to organizations such as Verner Center for Early Learning and In Real Life at Asheville Middle School, offering families a menu of selections from which to order, free of charge.
Emma Maney describes her family's experience with the Mobile Meals Swannanoa Curbside Drive-Thru which happens every Saturday at 11am. Not only do these meals help her family, they are able to take a few extra to their Swannanoa neighbors in need!
Here is a 60 second glimpse of food rescue in Downtown Asheville!To date we have kept over 170 TONS of freshly prepared meals out of the Buncombe County landfill and we could not do this without the commitment of our food donor partners. This video just show three of our dozens of food donor partners. Stay tuned for more videos to come!
• operates as a food rescue vehicle to pick up surplus leftover prepared food from restaurants, caterers and institutions
• has just what we need to repack large hotel pans of food into individual heat and serve meals perfect for individuals and families.
• reaches rural communities in Buncombe and beyond with onboard cold storage to safely transport meals
• provides a complimentary food truck experience offering our neighbors their choice of menu items for free of charge, no questions asked. ALL are welcome!
Food Connection was recently in Washington D.C. to fight food waste and insecurity through advocating for the Food Donation Improvement Act! This bill will clarify and expand protections in the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act of 1996 and incentivize even more businesses/farmers/institutions to donate, instead of discard, their perfectly good food. This bill currently has 34+ co-sponsors and bi-partisan support. (Pictured with Danielle Nierenberg co-founder of FoodTank!)
Food Connection eases hunger, reduces waste and supports our local food industry by redistributing surplus prepared food and purchasing meals from chefs to serve our neighbors in need. Food Connection is currently operating in North Carolina in Buncombe and Madison Counties.
We are incredibly grateful to ALL of our Food Donor Partners who go the extra mile to pack up their leftovers and call Food Connection. We've started quite the revolution in and around the Asheville area. We're ready to take this show on the road and expand. Please consider going on this journey with us by making a contribution.
Food Connection distributes complimentary heat and serve meals every Saturday at 11am. ALL are welcome. No questions asked. Meals include a meat, vegetable and starch. This distribution has been made possible through grants from The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, the Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministries Hunger Walk, The WNC Bridge Foundation, The Black Mountain Swannanoa Valley Endowment Fund and an anonymous donor.