Man Collects Food Restaurants Would Throw Out And Gives It To The Homeless
Robert Lee never meant to spend his days in the cold and heat, lugging an unwieldy cart and giving pop quiz-style trivia questions to timid volunteers. The 24-year-old New Yorker, a child of Korean immigrants, graduated from New York University with a well-paying position at JPMorgan Chase & Co. He could've gone on to lead a high profile career in the finance industry. Once you find your passion, however, it takes precedence over the plans you once made. Read more: http://elitedaily.com/news/world/millennial-ending-hunger-in-nyc-one-restaurant-at-a-time/981006/ Follow us on Instagram | Elite Daily on Facebook
RESCUING LEFTOVER CUISINE | GUEST POST
The holiday season puts everyone in a glorious mood. It’s truly a time to celebrate the joyous wonders that captivate our everyday lives. However, not everyone this holiday season will be able to cozy up in a fluffy sweater and sit down to eat at a delicious home-cooked meal with their loved ones. The United States has an incredibly high population of poverty-stricken individuals, especially for a developed nation. Many of these human beings are hungry, or are unable to know for sure when their next meal will be.
One grocery chain is dealing with unsold food in an amazing way.
Here's how it works: 1. Stores set aside food that would ordinarily be thrown out. This includes foods that have reached their "sell by" date, as well as misshapen fruit and vegetables. Instead of tossing the food out, they keep it in a bin in the back, ready for someone from a local charity to come pick it up.
FOOD WASTE AND THE HOLIDAYS: A RESPONSIBLE MAN’S PRIMER
Holidays are a time to see family, veg out, watch football, and most of all, to eat until we’re stuffed…then eat more once the food coma wears off. For those of us who are fortunate, the holiday menu often reads like nothing short of a feast: 20 lb turkey? Check. Candied yams? Check. Roasted brussel sprouts? C’mon, of course! Mashed potatoes? As sure as Magnum PI has a mustache. Two kinds of stuffing? Check. Apple pie? This is America after all.
Non-Profit ‘Rescuing Leftover Cuisine’ Tackles The Problem Of Food Waste During The Holidays
It’s easy for us to get lost in the fast-paced society that we live in. We often take significant parts of our lives for granted, especially during the holidays when consumerism and emphasis on luxury. For a lot of people, food is a luxury. Chipotle, McDonald’s, and Starbucks have become regular staples in many Westerner’s lives. We hardly think of hunger and food insecurity as a pressing issue here in the States.
Rescuing Leftover Cuisine
Every Monday, Frankie Chan and Liang Yang can be found walking on their own from Betty Pendler New York League Program C to arrive at Black Seed Bagel in the Lower East Side by 4pm. When they arrive, they exchange greetings with the servers who proceed to hand them bags of uneaten bagels that would otherwise have been thrown away. Next, they stop at Baz Bagel & Restaurant a couple blocks away to make their second pick up. Finally, they haul their cargo to The Bowery Mission, where they drop off the food to get weighed and distributed to the area’s homeless population. Frankie and Liang are volunteers for Rescuing Leftover Cuisine, an organization that brings uneaten food from restaurants to homeless shelters and soup kitchens around New York City.
Rescuing Leftover Cuisine Saves Leftovers To Feed The Homeless
Despite the fact that millions of people in the United States do not have the adequate financial resources to fulfill their basic dietary needs, 40 percent of our food is thrown out and wasted. That’s $162 billion trashed each year. Restaurants contribute to this statistic, as most of them just dispose of any excess food they cannot sell. Some groups taking action to change this, and one of them is the Rescuing Leftover Cuisine organization.
Rescuing Leftover Cuisine Looks to Solve Miami's Food Waste Problem
For the most part, Miami is a wasteful place. What goes into the garbage bins of South Beach restaurants in one night could probably feed the city's entire homeless population for a week. This problem hasn't gone unnoticed, however, and Rescuing Leftover Cuisine is setting up shop in the Magic City to help reduce, reuse and recycle.
Rescuing Leftover Cuisine Branches Out To Boston
Chris Wolfington and Lori Allen pull up to St. Francis House on Boylston Avenue. It’s just after 9 p.m. Chris’s black BMW is small but more than able to haul the two three-foot-by-four-foot tubs of leftover food to the doors of the homeless shelter. This is the first of two runs the couple will make tonight; they make these deliveries four or five times a week.