St Francis Soup Kitchen feeds over 600 people on average per week. Our servings include full plate dinners and soup and sandwiches which we alternate. For many years back into the 1990's the Soup Kitchen has benefitted from its association with Waste Not Want Not.Each week we receive dozens of loaves of bread, baked goods, occasionally drinks, frozen soups and fried chicken. We use all that we receive. The fact is that the Soup kitchen could not serve the community's neediest and destitute with out Waste Not Want Not's support and contribution. We are dependent on them and they are completely dependable. As a Plus, the people we deal with are very nice, professional and responsible; the best!
Waste Not Want Not is made up of an incredible group of volunteers, donating their time and treasure to help Waste Not Want Not and the groups they support, eliminate waste and at the same time, help reduce hunger and poverty in Northeast Florida.
My journey with Waste Not began in 2007 when Waste Not was looking for a Realtor to help find them a new home. In 2008 they moved in to a new location with room to grow, and grow they have. I soon began to volunteer to pick up food from a local store of a large grocery chain. I remember the feeling I had that first time, driving back to Waste Not, my SUV smelling like a bakery, knowing that I was helping them keep food out of the land fill and getting it into the hands of local groups that would be feeding the hungry that same evening. In 2016, these groups will save over $3 million by not have to go out and purchase the food that is provided to them by Waste Not. $3 million that they can use for other needs of their mission.
I am very proud to be associated with Waste Not Want Not and to be a part of what they have accomplished in the past 27 years.
My son began volunteering over a year ago to get community service hours for Bright Futures Scholarship efforts. He continued beyond his 100 hours minimum requirement.
As I learned more from the Exec. Director and the then Volunteer Coordinator (the only two paid personnel) about operations and while helping with last years hosting of the annual Community Yard Sale, I wanted to help more. I was recruited to Chair the 2016 Community Yard Sale (WNWN's biggest fundraising event) and am amazed at how many ways there are to help this great entity help folks in 10 counties in northeast Florida.
100% donated funding and volunteer work force is what keeps it working. 363 days a year they are picking up, lableing, sorting, boxing, moving, stacking, sweating, phoning, planning, selling, speaking, donating, visiting and all because they know it is worth it. "Rescuing" food from being wasted by distribution centers, stores, restaurants, farms, gardens and area events to help feed those in our local communities in need and who are struggling. I am so proud to be part of this great group of people helping people!
Every week my husband and I pick up five to nine overflowing shopping carts of food that will expire shortly if not used. This food is donated by the large grocery stores in the area. It's taken to a holding area to be distributed to the needy. We feel like we are doing a valuable service by getting this food to people that need it rather than filling a dumpster. When we think of the many other volunteers that are picking up food from the other grocery stores at the same time, it is mind boggling. We're happy to be be serving our community in this small way.
Having worked with Sandra and some of the wonderful volunteers involved with Waste Not Want Not, I can truly say that Sandra runs a fantastic organization that benefits so many of our neighbors. With 100% of the funding coming from donations, there is a huge amount of faith and sweat equity in this organization.
Waste Not is a truly valuable entity that I'm grateful to be a part of. With all of the negative news about the darkness within humanity day after day, it is incredibly refreshing to volunteer some time with Waste Not and see nothing but the goodness of humanity to boost the spirit. People volunteering their time, day after day, in tight conditions, even without the full motivation of seeing the incredible end result of their hard work, because they know how important their work is to so many people.
Hunger reflects something that is wrong with our country, as their is plenty of food for everyone. Waste Not reflects what is right...the desire and dedication of so many to help people with such an important necessity of life. Waste Not's operational model is intelligent, bringing donors and receivers together to benefit so many year-round (not just Thanksgiving and Christmas) and to reduce food waste. With very few paid salaries to operate it, a dedicated board, and many partners in the community, Waste Not is what I view a "great nonprofit" being.
I'm a volunteer, who otherwise works elsewhere full-time for a 6-figure salary. I truly get more satisfaction and motivation offering my time for free at Waste Not, then in my salaried job. I'm grateful to be part of a non-profit that uses its donations to actually help people in need...day after day.
We can only agree wholeheartedly with all the positive comments about this wide-reaching organization. We have been aware of Waste Not Want Not's huge positive impact on our communities for over 15 years. We first became aware of this local non-profit and their imposing volunteer force when our church's outreach program needed food to feed the homeless in our county. Waste Not Want Not was the first to offer food on an ongoing basis. Years later we began volunteering for them and learned how they rescue food from a wide variety of donors. We saw our neighbors and friends benefiting from the combined efforts of our fellow volunteers. We saw charity after charity identify their needs in order to help their own communities and we realized we were part of an organization providing foods for hundreds! Over the years we watched with pride, as Waste Not Want Not rescued more and more food items, preventing waste, protecting our environment, and most important , providing food to those most hungry. They provide for hungry children, families and seniors across ten counties in North Florida. Their volunteers are by far some of the most dedicated people we know. The countless benefits of being part of such a group are multiplied tenfold when you realize you are a small part of an organization that affects 10's of thousands of lives each week and makes them better! Now that is GREAT!
This "charity" has NO compassion for anyone! I was doing community service there and all of them said how much of a hard, good worker I was!! Then my husband had throat cancer and had to have throat surgery! He has to do proton radiation everyday and chemotherapy 1 time a week! Then I had to go back and forth to the hospital for my medical issues! They said it's ok that they would work with me! Ha! That was a lie! Now they won't let me go back and finish my community service because I had to take care of my family and they said it was ok to do that and when everything was a little better I could come back and finish my hours!! Well now I can't! Becky told me that I can not come back just because I was taking care of my family and I took their word for it that I can come back! They are liars and does not care about anyone!! They are a bad "charity!!"
I have been volunteering with WNWN for 2 years now and plan to continue. The fact that there are only two employees but hundreds of volunteers tells me the organization is frugal and dedicated to their mission. I volunteer on the 'collection' side of things rather than the distribution side so I don't deal with the recipients on a regular basis. However, it is worth noting that the donors often express their thanks for our taking the time to collect food to provide for the less fortunate.
Volunteering for Waste Not Want Not is a very rewarding experience. It is wonderful to know that my efforts and that of the other volunteers is providing so much help to the community. I interact with a couple different large providers of the food stuffs. They thank us for taking our time and energy to assist them in donating to a great, nonprofit, volunteer based organization.
Thank you, George, for all your help and your willingness to drive our truck even for last minute opportunities. Without volunteers like you, Waste Not Want Not would not exist.
My husband and I have been volunteering for about 4 1/2 yrs now. It is exciting to know that I have the privilege of helping people receive food when they would otherwise go without . I had never heard of a food rescue group, but now I am a part of it. Just think, the small bit that I add is multiplied hundreds of times over and over again. But it takes money to keep the electricity on and gas for the truck that is used to pick up items at the warehouses that are kind enough to donate to us. SO, we also donate money. Won't you give a little to make someone else's life better? You will be glad you did. PM
I have been a volunteer for 4 years & am constantly amazed at the amount of food that is donated to WNWN - considering that much of that would be thrown away. The operation of collection, sorting, distribution is quiet the process to follow. Volunteers come together to make this the great organization it is & the services it provides.