IndyFoodDrop.org launches with help from four of the city’s largest food hunger-relief agencies in an effort to save food and help feed hungry Hoosiers
Indianapolis – Four of Indianapolis’ largest food hunger-relief agencies collaborated on the launch of a new website, IndyFoodDrop.org
, designed to help the trucking industry redirect any rejected food by local grocers and distributors from going into dumpsters and landfills, into the hands of people in need. By harnessing the power, people and resources of Gleaners Food Bank, Midwest Food Bank, Second Helpings and St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry, truck drivers and brokers now have an easy way to get any rejected food items unloaded so they can get their trucks back on the road quickly – all while helping hundreds of families in need. The agencies partnered with the Indiana Motor Truck Association on this new initiative.
John Whitaker, executive director of Midwest Food Bank in Indianapolis, acknowledged the food is still fit for human consumption, just not for sale.
“We know there are times when food is rejected by the food distribution channel due to improper food temperature of the truck, shifted or damaged boxes during transport, or bruising and browning of produce, yet it is still edible and nutritious,” said Whitaker. “When that happens it’s easier to head to the dumpster, throw away the food and get back on the road. Our goal is to mobilize the resources within the four partnering organizations to quickly and efficiently transfer food that may have otherwise been thrown away into the food recovery system.”
IndyFoodDrop.org clearly and succinctly provides drivers with access and information to change their food disposal process. Rather than dumping rejected food, drivers can now head to one of the four food hunger-relief agencies where they will receive help unloading their truck, a tax-deductible receipt and the benefit of knowing they are helping the hungry through a coordinated food recovery effort.
“This is a natural partnership for us to help get the word out about this website to our industry, and a great opportunity for the Indiana Motor Truck Association (IMTA) to make a difference in the fight against hunger,” said Barb Hunt, vice president, IMTA. “To know nutritious food that might otherwise get thrown away is in turn helping feed the hungry is truly rewarding.”