Minimizing Food Waste with Direct Agency Pickup
June 17, 2019
Grocery partners such as Kroger, Walmart, Aldi and others have long been the most generous food donors to food banks. With a 21-county service area, the number of stores with food available is vast.
Thanks to a program called Direct Agency Pickup (DAP), food from local grocery stores is able to be collected by approved local agencies and brought directly to their location for inspection, sorting and distribution. This minimizes travel costs for the Gleaners fleet, keeps locally donated food in the community, and more quickly makes it available to hungry Hoosiers.
Walmart has been a supporter of DAP, helping local agencies purchase freezer blankets, scales and other supplies needed to directly collect surplus food from local grocers. Currently, about 70 local agencies are using DAP, with 15 new ones signing on this year.
Vineyard Community Church in Hancock County started DAP recently. Their site coordinator said they had prayed for this for so long. “This is the best thing that could have happened for us and our pantry.”