By Guy Guthrie
Christian Charities/Wayne County Food Rescue
About two years ago, SugarCreek Brandworthy Food Solutions announced that they would build a new meat processing plant in Cambridge City, IN. They hired Jason Spears, a production line manager that immediately saw that their plant would create surplus food of their products, often referred to a "shrink" in the industry. Jason researched food donations, and he reached out to John Williamson, the Executive Director of Food Rescue, and John began to provide educational resources about the legalities and tax benefits of donating instead of dumping, as well as caring agency connections to work with the company to insure they were feeding families and not landfills with their surplus food.
A year prior to Jason's phone call, I had reached out to Food Rescue to learn more about the ins and outs of rescuing food, and our organization, Christian Charities of Richmond/Wayne County, officially formed Wayne County Food Rescue. That story can be seen here. Christian Charities and Wayne County Food Rescue was able to work with both Jason and Sugarcreek, and I am happy to report our first pick-up.
In April of 2018, the first corporate donation of SugarCreek's product, processed meats, was made. Christian Charities and Wayne County Food Rescue is looking forward to a long and fruitful partnership with Sugarcreek. Their first donation was 7 pallets with over 3,000 lbs. of donated product, and weekly pick-ups will occur to feed families and not landfills, which could result in over 150,000 pounds of protein annually from one facility being donated, and Food Rescue, Christian Charities/Wayne County Food Rescue hopes to facilitate similar donations from four other Brand Worthy Food Solutions plants around the nation in the near future, including Cincinnati Ohio.