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Waste Not Want Not Inc

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Causes: Food, Food Programs

Mission: Food belongs in bellies - not landfills: Waste Not Want Not exists to prevent the discarding of items that can be used to fight hunger and poverty in our community. Our volunteers rescue food daily from stores, restaurants, vendors, farmers’ fields and neighbors’ gardens. We distribute this perishable food promptly to people fighting hunger in Clay and surrounding counties. These men, women, and children, our neighbors, enjoyed two million pounds of wholesome food last year - food that, but for our volunteers’ efforts would have gone to waste. What happens to the heart-shaped cakes on February 15, the unbroken eggs in a carton with two that are cracked, the unsold food at your favorite restaurant at closing time, or the unpicked oranges on neighbor’s trees? All these are wasted; thrown away. In a country where one resident in six is food-insecure, one-quarter of all food produced is discarded before it reaches a consumer. But not here in North Florida where Waste Not intercepts food that may be unmarketable or "imperfect" but is perfectly wholesome and safe to consume. Not here in North Florida where Waste Not fights hunger by distributing that rescued food to 2,000 people struggling to put food on the table every day. No one should go hungry while good food goes to waste: Learn more at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUMgyebt3H4

Results: Fighting hunger by rescuing food creates unique challenges and opportunities. Our challenge is responding to an unpredictable supply of semi-perishable food: we never know exactly what we will receive, and unlike shelf-stable food at food pantries, rescued food is perishable and must be distributed promptly. Because rescues vary from baked goods, produce, dairy, to prepared foods, drinks, and meat, we have a unique opportunity to help all kinds by sorting the food based on their needs. Children taking weekend backpacks home find them filled with small, easy-to-prepare items; struggling families receive groceries; students at afterschool programs receive pizza and drinks; diners in soup kitchens, group homes, or churches with full kitchens enjoy prepared foods such as soup, vegetables, lasagna, and chicken; and homeless served in the woods find individually packaged sandwiches, drinks, desserts, and fruit in their bags. By matching food to our recipients’ needs, Waste Not volunteers ensure that whatever we rescue is put to good use. Every week last year, at least 14,000 people ate food rescued by Waste Not Want Not volunteers. Waste Not Want Not rescues food, helps people, and increases financial donors’ impact. Every dollar donated to Waste Not, magnified by the efforts of our volunteers, provides 14 pounds of food to people in 10 counties struggling to put food on the table. Receiving food from Waste Not for free allows our recipient groups to do more; to feed more people or to spend more of their limited funds on non-food services. Every financial gift to Waste Not results in benefits to our community that are much greater in value than the value of the donation.

Target demographics: those suffering from hunger

Direct beneficiaries per year: 14,000 people each week

Geographic areas served: North Florida

Programs: Food Rescue and Distribution. In 2016, we distributed two million pounds of food to local charities serving those in need. This food, which would otherwise have been discarded, instead was provided to men, women and children, seniors and homeless people.

Community Stories

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

For more than 10 years Waste Not Want Not has been a driving force for rescuing food in Clay County. They do an incredible job, with only a handful of extremely dedicated volunteers. This organization works tirelessly to make sure donations of food and drinks go to those in need.

Being a nonprofit organization, Waste Not Want Not understands the value of every donation. It is of the utmost importance that we be good stewards of the gifts the community shares with us.

Each year our organization sponsors 20 college students, who come from all over the country, to participate in a one week home construction build. Every year, Waste Not Want Not provides breakfast meals, drinks and snacks for these students. Let me tell you this is a significant savings for our organization and the students are always so grateful. I am sure many of you can remember what it was like to be in college with very little money. Good meals are hard to come by. The students love these meals!

That's just one of the many things Waste Not Want Not does for this community and Clay County Habitat for Humanity is proud to be a partner with this wonderful organization. We wholeheartedly commend them for the wonderful good they do.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I work for a nonprofit, Pie in the Sky, we feed fruits and vegetables to seniors living below the poverty line in St John's County and Waste Not Want Not contacted our Director and asked if we could use bread and sweets for our seniors. We said yes and the rest as they say is history. We have been able to provide high quality bread and baked goods to our seniors every other week. Goods that would be out of their price range at the supermarket. Waste Not Want Not is an organization that is run professionally and with a great caring heart. We appreciate want they provide and our seniors are thrilled.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

From the moment I had contact with this organization, I was impressed beyond words. What they do, what they are able to accomplish and how many lives they affect on a daily basis is nothing short of phenomenal. If there was such a group in every county of every state, imagine the food that could be rescued and the impact on hunger it would have.
Thank you Waste Not Want Not for the diligence you show every day and the compassion and care you exemplify in feeding the hungry. You are a role model for all of us and an example of how we can all do more and do better.
Keep up the great work.
Malea Guiriba, Director
Pie in the Sky

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wastenot 10/31/2014

Thank you, Malea! It is a pleasure working with you and others from Pie in the Sky. I also admire your work creating Farm to Family which brings farm fresh produce to food desserts in St. Johns County. When will you be replicating that in Clay and Duval?