Tanis Fox tells her Inspiring story of being a food waste fighting champion through Table of Grace Ministries in Pennsylvania. Tanis Learned about food waste through her daughter, and she immediately googled Food Rescue and the rest is history.
The story of Tana Fox in Pennsylvania continues to inspire.. Tanis used our resources at Food Rescue from the ground up to start a Food Rescue operation in her county, and she is in the beginning stages of launching a K-12 Food Rescue program.
Tanis Fox helps set Table of Grace for Lawrence, Beaver counties
Jim Orr/The Ledger (Actual Story Link Here)
Tanis Fox of North Sewickley Township returns to her car Thursday morning with unsold baked goods from the Franklin Plaza Giant Eagle that will be distributed to the needy through her Table of Grace Feeding Ministry.
Posted: Thursday, February 18, 2016 11:15 pm
By Louise Carroll For The Ledger
Feeding the hungry and homeless is the mission of the busy new Table of Grace Feeding Ministry, which is based in North Sewickley Township and serves Lawrence and Beaver counties.
Tanis Fox of North Sewickley began the ministry in 2015 and said she found a nearly endless list of needs across the area. She begins her day, every day, picking up donated food and delivering it to food banks for distribution.
Fox delivers to the Holy Redeemer Food Bank in Ellwood City, the Ellwood City Community Partnership and food banks in Franklin Township at Lillyville Church of God and the Church of the Nazarene.
Beyond the Ellwood City area, she delivers to the Portersville Food Bank, the Beaver Falls Salvation Army, two soup kitchens in Beaver Falls and the Crossroads Shelter for the homeless in the basement of Christ's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Beaver Falls.
"The more I got involved, the more I saw how many people were hungry or homeless," she said. "I have been reaching out to churches to provide meals and donate cans of food, like ravioli, that have lids that can be popped open.”
She also has asked churches for donations of personal hygiene products, such as fruit snacks and protein bars.
Fox belongs to Park United Presbyterian Church in Zelienople, which supports her ministry.
"I've never been hungry,” Fox said. “I believe I do it because of my faith. My walk with God led me to do this."
The story of the ministry begins in 2014. Fox's daughter, Cassie, was studying for her master's degree at Chatham University. As part of her studies, she learned about hunger in the United States.
“Cassie told me that in our country, 40 percent of food is wasted and one out of six people goes hungry,” Fox said. “It was laid on my heart to do something. I wanted to be more involved in my church, and I wanted to see more of God's work.”
At about the same time, she heard that Giant Eagle at Franklin Plaza and Kimmel's Bakery in the Ellwood City regularly had baked goods that went unsold. She asked and the stores agreed to let her pick up the baked goods.
Fox said delivering the food has become part of her routine. Also the owner of Fox's Pet Grooming in North Sewickley, she has a busy schedule.
"I've met a lot of wonderful people through this ministry," she said.
The Table of Grace Feeding Ministry, under the direction of Tanis Fox, collects donated food to feed the hungry and homeless in the Ellwood City area and parts of Lawrence and Beaver counties.
It welcomes new volunteers and donations of food and money.
More details: email@example.com or 724-584-2966.
One of the greatest challenges in our organization is explaining the marketing and educational resource distribution aspect of our organization. A common and reasonable not for profit use of time is to invest resources in managing and tracking infrastructure. At Food Rescue, we spend our time developing and marketing resources to inspire people to engage in the injustice of food waste in the world. Once this inspiration occurs, we don't spend our most valuable resource of time tracking the inspiration that comes from the daily impact of those efforts. We choose simply to tell stories, post pictures, and continue to develop new ways to inspire people nation wide to become engaged in the food waste issue
Visitors do not arrive at our website by accident. We have an active marketing team of board members, (shout out to Bryndon Preston, Traci Dossett, Steve Witta, and Jennifer Brilliant, who regularly put thought into the educational resources we provide, the methods used to drive traffic to our website, and engage with site visitors. One example is the story of Tana Fox. Tana told me that she and her husband Ron were interested in learning more about rescuing food after visiting our site in 2014. We exchanged emails, and I sent her some resources....and then we spoke on the phone for some one on one mentoring on the subject. Since that time, she has updated Food Rescue on some progress made, but earlier this month, her email stated...........
My husband and I have formed a nonprofit called Table of Grace Feeding Ministry in Ellwood City, PA, and it all started with your website and my food rescue in 2014.
Updates like this from Tana are a reminder to us as an organization to continue to plant seeds, and to stay true to our mission to demonstrate the love of God to people in the form of a meal by raising awareness of the alarming reality that 40% of our food is wasted while 1 in 6 are hungry. We will continue to share the stories of people who are impacting their community through leadership and action, and trust in faith that their story will be seen by others, and that they will be directed to resources found at the Food Rescue Website. If you are interested in seeing a small portion of Tana's journey, be sure to visit the Table of Grace Feeding Ministry Facebook Page below. Thanks for the note of encouragement Tana and Ron, and for all you have done to feed those in need in your community with rescued food.