DETROIT, MI — Throughout the month of June, the Detroit Chapter of Food Rescue US distributed 270,000 pounds of meat, fresh produce and packaged foods from the 2020 Prime Site Award-winning TCF Center loading docks to local food redistribution agencies in Southeast Michigan. According to Food Rescue US, an estimated one in seven people are struggling with food insecurity in the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic, causing poor health, emotional stress and mental burden.
“We set up the docks to comply with regular commercial, federal and local food safety guidelines,” said Claude Molinari, General Manager of TCF Center. “The U.S. Department of Agriculture worked with Food Rescue US and provided oversight throughout the contract period, conducting audits to ensure food safety plans are followed. We made sure all of their needs were met to do so.”
Each Friday, the Detroit chapter of Food Rescue US volunteer network worked alongside of TCF Center employees on the venue’s loading docks to collect tons of food from local restaurants, grocers and other food providers. They then organized the donations for local nonprofit agencies and churches to pick up and redistribute to hungry people in the Southeast Michigan area.
Food Rescue US works closely with The Farmlink Project, a grassroots movement striving to prevent food waste during the COVID-19 pandemic by linking farms that are experiencing extreme surplus due to reduced commercial orders to local agencies that pick the food up from places like the TCF Center.
“We hope to continue the Food Rescue US operation on the docks at least through August,” said Molinari. “It is a big part of our Corporate Responsibility Program to provide opportunities to local residents in need, and we are pleased to do it.”