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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

Working collaboratively with the residents of a 199- unit public housing high-rise building in Minneapolis, we created and launched a new pilot program in Spring 2019, the Priceless Produce Program (PPP). The idea behind PPP is simple; PPP reduces barriers to accessing high quality, fresh foods for those who need them most. With this in mind, we worked with the residents to create a free, weekly pop-up market in their building featuring fresh produce and nutrient rich breads. The weekly food distribution event has helped to eliminate the cost and travel concerns many of the residents used to face when trying to access fresh foods for their households. It has also provided a weekly social opportunity for residents volunteering to help with the event and for those coming to select their own fresh food. Residents have expressed how grateful they are to have something like this in their building. Several have also shared that this is the first time in their lives they've had regular, weekly access to high quality, fresh produce.

Photo: Selena Salfen

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).