Ithaca Food Hubs Rescue Extra Produce
September 24, 2013
ITHACA -- (WENY) If you see a random cooler on a front lawn in Ithaca it's not an invitation to a barbeque, but it is an invitation for something else to donate some fresh foods
Art Pearce, Treasurer at the Friendship Donations Network said, "we never had a way for an individual gardner to do something with a box of tomatoes or pile of spinach."
Friendship Donations Network has been rescuing extra food from supermarkets and organizations for over 25 years. This summer they tried something a little different, bringing the cooler to the community.
"Nobody likes wasting fresh produce and this is a way of rescuing it," added Pearce.
It's a way to get fresh food into food pantries and get people involved right in their own community.
Anisa Mendizabal, who helped with the committee that started the Neighborhood Food Hubs, said, "having a place that's easily known about that
you can just drop off you don't even have to call ahead you just put it there and you know that it's going to be going somewhere good."
Carol Ann Brust ives on the busy north Cayuga street. And says her cooler has drawn some attention.
"The out pouring from the community Who have dropped off kale, and tomatoes and zucchini and squash and lettuce it's just been amazing," said Brust, a volunteer.
Carol Ann gives up her front lawn every Sunday from eight in the morning to eight at night, ever since the program started on July 15th. And told us what makes it worth it.
"Their smiles along. When you bring the truckload of food and you can say to somebody you can take as much as you want and they're like really? And I'm like yes and it's free. That is worth a million bucks," added Brust.
The food hubs are open Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at these locations. You still have one week left to donate, they're open until October 1st.