There were a number of reasons why we were drawn to form a partnership with the Boulder Food Rescue, “ says Ryan Haney, team lead, Whole Foods Market Baseline store. “As a company, our team members are passionate about reducing the amount of waste we generate and while we make sure to compost all of our food waste that we are unable to donate, it was difficult to find an organization that could put our highly perishable items to use in a timely manner. In addition, their unique practice of bicycle pick up and deliveries demonstrates their commitment to find multiple ways to benefit both the community and the environment – values that we as a company hold dearly.–Ryan Haney, Store Team Leader
Q: How has Boulder Food Rescue [food] impacted your organization?
The Boulder Shelter for the Homeless serves over 300 meals a day during the winter season. Boulder Food Rescue has made it possible to offer healthy and fresh food for our clients. Additionally, Boulder Food Rescue serves as an invaluable liaison, strengthening the relationship between the Homeless Shelter and the community that supports our services.–Sarah Haas, Kitchen Manager, Boulder Shelter for the HomelessWhen BFR showed up, unannounced and unplanned for, at the 1st Pres Thanksgiving outreach meal last November, the man in charge thought they were, literally, angels. He had just realized they had bought nowhere near enough salad materials to feed the expected crowd of homeless and marginalized people. Suddenly, in came a couple of folks carrying enormous amounts of lettuce and other produce! They handed it over and left, while the cooks praised the Lord! We too, at our Lamb’s Ministry Saturday meals for Boulder’s homeless population, feel that the fresh produce is a gift from God. Thank you all so much for supporting our ministry!
–Elsi Dodge, Lamb’s Lunch at First Presbyterian Church
Food donated by Boulder Food Rescue has positively impacted Chrysalis Co-op by providing us with the healthy food that is so central to our fostering of intentional community and sustainability.Chrysalis is incredibly grateful to Boulder Food Rescue for the important work that it does to nurture these values in our co-op, as well as in the wider Boulder community.
- Ashley Basta, Chrysalis Housing Co-op
Getting food from Boulder Food Rescue has allowed our household to enjoy an abundance of fresh tomatoes and peppers in the middle of winter, as well as organic orange and grapefruit juice, none of which we would have been able to afford on our budget of $5/person/day. We’ve also enjoyed having the opportunity to cook ingredients we wouldn’t have usually bought on our own, like parsnips and artichokes. It’s a little bit like subscribing to a CSA that delivers all winter long. Planning our meals around whatever we’ve gotten is a fun challenge. We’ve been inspired to prepare and preserve the food quickly when it arrives in a variety of ways, including juicing citrus en masse, canning a large batch of marinara made from cherry tomatoes, fire-roasting and freezing chiles for later use, and making ripe melons and bananas into fresh sorbet! The fact that the food is delivered right to our door makes it a reliable and convenient part of our kitchen supplies. And I love running into the BFR riders on the bike paths and lanes around town. Seeing them (and their trailers locked up at the grocery stores) makes me want to smile and wave.
-Zane Selvans, Masala Co-Op
Boulder Food Rescue has allowed us to provide our homeless youth with fruits and vegetables making ahuge impact on their health. They also come by with yummy meals that have helped us on many nights when we were short on hot food. They have a great team of caring individuals and we are so glad to have them as our partners in helping us provide much needed resources to the homeless community.
- Anna Maria Pirone, Executive Director, StandUp For Kids – Boulder