Turning Surplus Food Into Feasts
Our Daily Bread's (ODB) soup kitchen serves between 350 and 450 meals, five days a week, totaling 98,649 meals in 2015. This impressive feat seems incomprehensible when you consider that 100% of the food for these meals is donated. While some of ODB’s food comes via different community efforts, such as local schools holding canned food drives or church groups making and donating sandwiches, the crux of the daily feast is surplus food that may have been thrown away by the food industry. Whether due to a promotion ending, packaging flaws, or even due to over ordering, these businesses sometimes produce excess food and, recognizing that we feed hungry people, they donate to support our cause.
At the heart of it, instead of disposing excess food into our landfills, this food is given back in the form of in-kind donations to ODB, as well as other area food pantries and soup kitchens in order to feed people in need.
Companies that contribute regularly to our cause include: Findlay Market Vendors, JTM Food Group, Queen City Sausage, Kroger, Costco, Club Chef, Avril-Bleh & Sons Meat Market, Brēzel, Busken Bakery, and Edible Arrangements. This rescued food becomes our feast.
For more information about our daily needs and most needed items contact Kathy Schickel, Director of Operations (513) 621-6364 ext. 15, firstname.lastname@example.org