In 1992, Great Plains Food Bank created a food recovery program called Daily Bread, which collects surplus food from local grocery stores, food manufacturers, restaurants and institutional kitchens. Last year alone, these outlets donated 2.9 million pounds of surplus food, which valued at $22.2 million.
The surplus food is collected via the food bank’s fleet of trucks and then delivered to homeless shelters and soup kitchens or turned into food baskets for the needy. Great Plains is currently working on raising money to add a semi to its fleet to help with produce deliveries.
The Bismarck Tribune has the details:
The Daily Bread trucks rumbling through Fargo-Moorhead last year collected enough food to provide 2.45 million meals that fed the equivalent of one of every 10 metro residents.
Not all that many years ago, all of those leftovers would have been dumped in landfills instead of being delivered to homeless shelters and soup kitchens, or turned into more than 165,000 food baskets for the needy.