Nearly 40% of the food produced in America goes to waste and in New Jersey, where 1 in 5 children are hungry, this is a big problem.
In 1999 a company called Table to Table figured out a way to alleviate both of these problems and they continue to do their part to help people all over the Garden State.
Table to Table is a not-for-profit company that picks up edible food from grocery stores and restaurants, which is usually thrown out, and delivers it to 80 different recipient agencies. This includes: soup kitchens, safe houses with women and children, drug rehab centers, homeless shelters, programs helping veterans, HIV day centers and elder care programs.
For hours, Table to Table truck drivers make their stops collecting perfectly good food. The heartwarming part then happens during the second part of the day when the drop-offs begin.
Chef Jeff Cale with the Good Will Rescue Mission discussed how he’s able to make healthy hearty meals for people who otherwise would go without.
“He lets me know what he has and what I can use so that’s how we do that,” he said.
Emily Force works with Table to table and she said that people really rely on their service.
“Hunger doesn’t take a day off. We are out there in the snow, rain or shine. We are out there working our tails off to try and find as much food as we can, perishable food, nutritious food,” she explained.
Table to Table doesn’t charge for their service, but they are continuing to look for more donors so that they can keep expanding and help more people who are in need.
Last year alone this charity helped feed 11 million people without any government funding.Watch Chasing New Jersey weeknights at 10pm on My9 and don’t forget to like us on Facebook!