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FOOD RESCUE PROGRAM

The largest and longest-running program at TC Food Justice is our Food Rescue Program. This program is the core of our work. We find donors with excess produce that they wish to donate instead of discard; partner with nearby hunger relief organizations to plan weekly produce drop-offs; and coordinate our volunteers to collect, sort, and deliver the food by bike or by car. We are proud to serve smaller grocers and hunger relief organizations that have been excluded from traditional, larger-scale food rescue programs. We deliver food the same or next day, maximizing its quality and likelihood of being consumed. All our deliveries operate free of cost to donor and recipient organizations.

Photo: Selena Salfen

BICYCLE FOOD RESCUES

We currently have one pedal-powered rescue. For bike rescues, the volunteer picks up the TCFJ trailer and attaches it to his/her bike, and tows produce from donor to recipient locations.

We are always looking to become more eco-friendly, so let us know if you would like to pick up food with your bike! It’s a great way to volunteer and exercise all in one!

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PRICELESS PRODUCE PROGRAM

We are finalizing a partnership with the Third Avenue Towers in Minneapolis, one of the locations previously served by The Food Group's Mobile Food Shelf. They have a team of passionate resident volunteers who really want to continue a food shelf program. The Third Avenue Tower location has 199 residential units, and the food shelf had consistently garnered participation by 50-65 residents. This location was chosen because TFG said the residents at this site are particularly enthusiastic about produce and fresh food since we don't do any nonperishable donations.

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RAMSEY COUNTY PARTNERSHIP

We partner with the Ramsey County Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Team to provide produce and bread directly to to clients enrolled in the program. The ACT team serves adults living with severe and persistent mental illness who often face multiple obstacles preventing them from visiting food shelves. By delivering food directly to weekly support groups, we can by-pass the bureaucratic processes that often prevent people from getting the food they need (e.g. limits on shelf visits, difficulty transporting food).