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Food Rescue Express

Photo of Food Rescue volunteersThird Monday of the month

This is a vital program for FFLC in meeting their mission of eliminating hunger in our community. It’s also a good way to meet others in our congregation. In a way, it’s like a great party–there’s lots of food (you don’t actually get to eat the food, though) and everyone ends up in the kitchen. Come and join us!

For many years, First Congregational Church has committed to providing volunteers for FOOD for Lane County’s Food Rescue Express. Our evening to volunteer is the 3rd evening of the month and typically, we have between 15 and 25 volunteers each month.  We begin at 6:30 pm and are finished between 8:30 and 9 pm.  There is a sign-up sheet in the lobby on the two Sundays before our scheduled Monday shift.  FOOD for Lane County is located at 770 Bailey Hill Road in West Eugene.

The Food Rescue Express program recovers food from schools, hospitals, grocery stores, and restaurants that has been prepared but not served. The “rescued” food is re-packaged into family-size portions by volunteers. The food is then distributed to families in need through food pantries, shelters, and meal sites. Over the past year, the program has “rescued” over 128,000 pounds of food that would have otherwise been thrown away.

Volunteering for the Food Rescue Express program is a wonderful way of walking the walk of compassion for our neighbors. It is also a fun way to get to know others in the church and we encourage new members as well as long-time members to give it a try. Families often volunteer together — school age children are welcome to come with an adult.  Our efforts are critical in the success of this program and in helping FOOD for Lane County eliminate hunger in our community.

If you would like more information or would like to volunteer call Mary Mowday at 541-485-6509.

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