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Iowa City food rescue organization approaches major milestone


University of Iowa senior Nicole Darrington is only in her second day volunteering, and she's already amazed at the impact she's having.

"I was having a couple of bad days and went and did this yesterday and it turned my day around," she said.

Darrington and some 100 volunteers are a crucial part to an Iowa City organization that's been working to fight hunger for more than 15 years. 

The food rescue organization, named Table to Table, partners with businesses in an effort to reduce food waste.

Volunteers with Table to Table retrieve donations of wholesome, edible food that would otherwise be pulled from the shelves and then trashed when stock is rotated.

The organization then delivers the food to agencies who serve hungry, homeless, and at-risk populations.

As Table to Table nears the end of the fiscal year, it's approaching a major milestone.  The organization is converging on one million pounds of food facilitated in the past year.  It's a testament to the non-profit's value in the community.

"When you have a centralized collection distribution system with a food rescue organization, that's all you specialize in, and when you specialize in it, you can become more efficient," said Bob Andrlik, Table to Table's executive director.

The Johnson County Crisis Center is one of 25 agencies that depend heavily on Table to Table to serve people in the community.  Table to Table is the main supplier of meat, dairy products, and eggs to the Crisis Center.

"Picking up the product from the stores and their volunteer work to bring it here saves us a large amount of money and time," said Rick Dunbar, a volunteer with the Johnson County Crisis Center.

True to their motto, it's an effort to do the right thing and provide a meal that would have other wise been thrown away.




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