By Sarah Bello
Vann Lovett, Nutrition Services Manager, saw leftover food from the cafeteria being thrown out for a long time. Last year, she made her concerns a PI Project, and through several Planetree committees, she connected with Riverfolk, a local organization serving area homeless people. Lovett and Nutrition Services have worked with Riverfolk since last May to donate usable leftovers to the community.
Mary Docherty, founder of Riverfolk, has used the food to run a Sunday homeless brunch, feed residents of low-income apartments and make meals for needy children who visit the Astoria Armory. She has also distributed some food to the Astoria Rescue Mission and Filling Empty Bellies, which provide lunches and dinners for the homeless.
Lovett says whatever food they can save gets donated to Riverfolk or Filling Empty Bellies, and a representative comes to CMH to pick it up. It’s a way to benefit the community and decrease waste, she says.
“There isn’t anything we can’t use,” Docherty says. “I cannot begin to tell you how much Riverfolk appreciates CMH. Without your help, so many kids would go without a hot and healthy meal. It takes a village.”
CMH also signed a letter of support for Filling Empty Bellies, which recently requested a grant from the Oregon Community Foundation. Since the donations began last year, Nutrition Services has saved more than $4,400 worth of food from going to waste.
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