Paxil, the home (and office) dog, sporting a Food Rescue Columbus t-shirt during one of the weekly events.
Every week, for 2-3 days a week, we've been volunteering for an organization called Food Rescue Columbus. Since the summer of 2019, we've been helping them take food that would ordinarily be thrown away, find its way to food pantries throughout Columbus. We, along with many other intrepid souls helping Food Rescue Columbus, have been focusing on two major initiatives:
- Every Friday, helping unload a semi (or two or three) of boxed food, load it in our cars and UHauls, and deliver it to food pantries and community centers around Columbus, and
- Twice a week, we pick up food from numerous restaurants and catering halls and take what would be thrown away, to food pantries and community centers. (There are hundreds of food pick-ups every month, so lots of folks are involved in this valiant effort!)
The Friday events started in 2019 when the pandemic closed restaurants in Columbus and throughout the country. All of a sudden, there's was – literally – tons of food that was no longer being bought by restaurants. Because of that, the USDA contracted with companies around the country to curate millions of boxes of food. From those warehouses, trucking companies take them to drop points around the country to be distributed by Food Rescue US. We've been volunteering with the Food Rescue Columbus contingency, headed by fearless leaders Susan Swinson and Emily Rials: two individuals who never seem to tire of making our little corner of the world a better place.
Volunteering with Food Rescue Columbus has given us the opportunity to visit parts of Columbus we'd have never had known:
- The Crossroads World Outreach Ministries food pantry in Franklinton
- The Community Immigration and Refugee Center of Ohio
- The Bhutanese Community Center of Central Ohio
- African, Hispanic and Mexican Communities throughout Columbus, and
- Lots of individuals and communities who distribute food out of their individual homes and community centers
Below are the videos we've help create for Food Rescue Columbus along with videographer Todd Yarrington Studios with the theme "Food for Thought. Thought for Food."
Crossroads World Outreach Ministries a ministry that seeks to lift men and women out of the darkness and in to his light.
OSU StarHouse provides local youth experiencing homelessness with a safe respite & the crucial connections to stabilizing resources—all in one .
Friends of the Homeless who provides support to homeless men and women through emergency shelter, transitional and supportive housing.
Interview with a Food Rescuer
Farmers to Families Program
Food donations from Dublin Methodist Hospital
Food Rescue to Promise House, who leads the way in providing youth in our community access to the most basic needs – shelter, nourishment and access to healthcare.