CNN recently featured a video about a non-profit in New York City called City Harvest that collects food donations from restaurants to give to those in need. For over 25 years this food rescue organization has been feeding New York’s hungry. Watching this video makes me wonder: why don’t we have a similar program here in Berkeley?
As an organization we do a little to “rescue” food for our clients to eat. For example, every Tuesday one of our clinic coordinators from General Clinic walks over to Noah’s to pick up the weekly bagel donation. Instead of going to waste, these bagels are put to good use: feeding those who walk the streets of Berkeley on empty stomachs. However, I doubt that Noah’s is the only food vendor that is willing to donate left-over food. If there was an organization dedicated to collecting food that is doomed for the dumpster from restaurants in Berkeley, there would be more free meals available to those in need. We love serving dinner at our General Clinic, but due to budget constraints we cannot serve meals as often as we would like. Perhaps some day a food rescue program will come to fruition in Berkeley that would help local clinics serve the underserved with much-needed meals on a more frequent basis.