“It isn’t food until someone eats it.”

January 14, 2010 § 2 Comments

Sunshine Cantu
Operations Support Specialist

When I arrived at the Food bank in 2007, I was given a mission: convince retail meat market managers why their leftovers should become another’s treasure. As a devout vegetarian, I found the task to be quite ironic. As a sustainability enthusiast, I found the concept to be quite innovative — feed the hungry, while helping to keep Austin beautiful at the same time.

Joe Salazar, H-E-B Market Manager, and Sunshine Cantu

Instead of throwing their extra product away, market managers can freeze it (day of expiration) and donate it to the Food Bank’s Central Texas Food Rescue (CTFR) program. Along with highly sought after meats, stores can also donate out-of-date breads, dairy products and packaged produce that would ordinarily end up in the trash. Donated food is picked up by our refrigerated fleet and brought back for quality control, before being provided to more than 300,000 people who rely on our services each year.

Imagine that — more than 300,000 people in need of food, while our landfills continue to pile up with unopened packages of what should have been someone’s sustenance. Food is a resource specifically designed for one purpose: to nourish the body.

And it isn’t food until someone eats it.

For 19 years, CAFB has been doing its part to keep food out of landfills, and into the hands of those who cannot afford to buy it, but need it most.  Working with approximately 100 retail stores throughout our 21-county service territory, CTFR expanded its fleet to keep up with the growth of the program to include Marble Falls, Lampasas, Waco, Bastrop and Elgin.   In 2009, CTFR recovered more than 3.3 million pounds of highly nutritious foods, including produce and dairy, providing nearly 2.6 million meals.  

Click here for more information on CTFR.

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§ 2 Responses to “It isn’t food until someone eats it.”

  • sandy says:

    What a beautiful statement. Without people like you all there would be many hungry people. Thank-you Sunshine for doing such a wonderful job and dedicating your life to helping others. Wish the world had any more people like you and all the people that work together for this very mportant mission. God Bless each and everyone of ya’ll and keep up the good work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!WE do appreciate all that ya’ll do.

  • Ruth Kaplan says:

    Bless you Tyson! It is only with the help of large companies such as Tyson Foods, that the CAFB can continue to fill the needs and stomachs of our Central Texas neighbors who are food insecure and hungry. We couldn’t do it without you!

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