David Kwartler, an intern for Food Rescue US shares the story of his first rescue last winter. He doesn’t have a car, but used Lyft to deliver surplus food from a Georgetown business to Campus Kitchen Project. Sign up yourself at foodrescue.us!
It was a cold, dry Tuesday afternoon as I left my apartment and began to head towards Georgetown. After walking a few blocks, I arrived at the food rescue pickup spot, an easily accessible loading dock tucked under an office building. I only had a few hours between my university classes, but this 2:15pm rescue fit perfectly into my schedule, so I was able to use the Food Rescue US mobile app to claim the run. I sent a quick text message to the donors, who brought down boxes full of bread, sweet potatoes, kale, chicken, and more. My first reward was the smile on the food donor’s face when I handed them a sticker for Food Rescue US.
Once I had possession of the food, I opened my phone to the Lyft app. Within a few minutes, Steven arrived in his sedan to help me transport the food about two miles to a local hunger relief agency. I was worried if my Lyft driver would be okay putting eight huge boxes of food in his vehicle, but Steven was eager to help, and I was glad to have some support. We packed the boxes into his trunk and hit the road. After a nine-minute ride down Wisconsin Avenue, we arrived at the receiving agency. Steven helped me unload the food and bring the boxes into the kitchen, as the chef was awaiting their regularly scheduled donation from Food Rescue US runners. I was really amazed to see just how easy it was to make such a positive impact in under 30 minutes, and I only paid $9.26 for the ride, less than the cost of lunch in downtown DC. Even if you don’t have your own vehicle, ride sharing or using a bicycle or scooter can be promising options for city dwellers who want to make a difference.
It felt amazing to see the Food Rescue US model play out in person, and I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was for me to become the missing link between surplus food and hungry mouths, and all it took was quick drive through Georgetown. With the Food Rescue US app, you can be part of the simple solution to end local hunger and reduce food waste.