The Re-food movement generates significant impact in each local community and on many levels, meeting a variety of needs: people in need of nourishment are fed, other people who feel the need to help can do so in a viable, efficient and agreeable way, people who feel the need to contribute materially to their community’s wellbeing can do so in a direct and rewarding way.
Re-food helps people struggling with food insecurity in local communities. Priority is given to the most vulnerable members of the community: children, elderly, disabled - but anyone and everyone who needs food is welcome to receive Re-food's support.
Who receives Re-food's food?
Our grandmothers and grandfathers, uncles and aunts, mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters - our children, our family, our community.
In early 2011, one volunteer on a bicycle harvested 30 restaurants a day - rescuing enough food to feed around 50 people in need, 5 days a week. That volunteer was joined by 30 others in less than 30 days. They were 100 by the end of the year and were saving and serving many more meals and people. After almost 5 years, there are 25 Re-food centers operating throughout the country, where more than 4,000 volunteers are currently (early 2016) rescuing 46,000 meals a month from more than 900 food source partners (restaurants, supermarkets and farmers) and serving 2,500 people, 5 or 6 days a week.
In the Re-food Movement, inclusion begins but does not end with the most vulnerable members of the community. In Re-food, inclusion is an inclusive idea – our mission obliges us to reach out to the entire community and include them in the process.
Hungry people are fed, but people hungry to help others are also nourished through participation in the Re-food Movement – every volunteer “included” in our work is also a beneficiary.
Throwing away perfectly good food is an act of exclusion, while the act of rescuing good food – practiced by the personnel working in the kitchens of our partners – includes them, as the first actors in the value-added sequence that is Re-food.
All companies have the duty of social responsibility, but not all companies have the opportunity to fulfill that duty. Re-food has the obligation to invite all of the public and private institutions and all companies in the community to participate in the Re-food Movement – each one in the manner and measure that is most adequate to their reality. Our invitation is an act of inclusion, each entity invited responds according to their own interest, availability and good will.
For Re-food it is simple, if we do not invite, we are not practicing inclusion.
Our objective is to facilitate transformation in the lives of our beneficiary partners.
It is our obligation to invite any and all compatible service providers to join us in an effort to deliver needed services to our Beneficiaries.
We find ourselves in a privileged position, interacting on an almost daily basis with our beneficiaries – we know them well and so we can direct them to other value added options (services provided without charge by our partners in each local community). Together we can impact the quality of their lives: visits for those who are isolated; legal support for those need it, dental work for those in pain; preparation and/or babysitting for those who seek employment or training.
In every case and in every exchange, a smile and a kind word can increase the quality of life of all involved.