In the past year, 42 percent of the food we distributed was obtained through rescue operations.
This food would have been thrown away from local grocery stores due to overstocking or an upcoming “sell date.”
To collect fresh fruits and vegetables for our clients, volunteers visit local farmers’ markets to collect donations of unsold produce for the food bank. Also, Food for Others staff and volunteers make weekly trips to local farms to recover produce that has fallen on the ground, is on broken branches, or would not sell in stores due to unrealistic standards of beauty.
Food for Others joined forces with Burke Pediatrics, several county offices and the Capital Area Food Bank in early 2017 to start the Rx for Food program after The American Academy of Pediatrics recommended that pediatricians screen families for food insecurity using the Hunger Vital Sign toolkit. Through the Rx for Food program, doctors screen their patients for food insecurity and refer them to Food for Others with a prescription for food.
Families with a prescription for food may fill the prescription at our warehouse. Since this program began in 2017, Food for Others has filled a total of 579 prescriptions for 2,515 individuals.