Considering starting a food rescue program in your county? Here are some suggestions that may help.
Start Your Own County Harvest
Below are some questions that may help you assess your county's need for a food rescue program and identify some early steps you’ll need to take.
- Are there established programs in place that feed the hungry, such as soup kitchens, homeless shelters, food pantries, senior citizen centers? Can they use extra food?
- Is there another organization already doing this, or something like it?
- Are there people willing to volunteer to pick up food and deliver it to where it's needed?
- Have you identified restaurants, food wholesalers or supermarkets that are willing to sign on as food donors?
- Do you have a local health department or authority willing to work with you to set up safe food handling practices?
- Do you plan to incorporate? Apply for non-profit status?
- Are you planning to be an all-volunteer program, have a small staff with mostly volunteers, or have an entirely paid staff?
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