Monday, September 12, 2011

Purchased food sometimes supplements donations

Foodshare seeks to meet the needs of hungry people in greater Hartford in a variety of ways.  One way that we supplement the donated food is with a buying cooperative that allows area food pantries and community kitchens to purchase food at a lower price than they would get on their own.

A key source for purchasing food in recent years has been Project Preserve®, a project of the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee.  This food bank has invested in equipment to process food in their own building. It's a one-of-a-kind food rescue program that turns perishable food donations into shelf-stable product. The first canning was made possible in 1992, using all donated ingredients, materials and labor.  While Project Preserve® began as a program to take bulk food donations and put them into a stable form, Project Preserve®, evolved to a Co-op/Purchase program that was offered nationally in 2001.

The newest items available is this 4-day pack for a family of 4 - all for only $7.95.  Foodshare has purchased some of these for our local food pantries and will see how well it works for those programs.

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