How quickly things are changing. I have a meeting tomorrow with a county official regarding their campaign to reduce landfill waste. They've been looking for resources to offer businesses as to how to deal with food waste responsibly. I may get very busy very soon.
One of my neighbors who signed up to be a volunteer driver was surprised at how far I was going to get grocery store bakery leftovers. She's a retired sales and marketing professional, and she's on a mission to enlist all the nearby food businesses in our program. I need to sign up volunteers to support her new donors.
Heart 2 Heart Farms, as I mentioned in the previous post, has mountains of fresh produce waiting to be distributed to hunger-relief organizations. We don't have access to a truck, so I figure I'll get volunteers with SUVs or wagons to drive down there Monday through Friday until we catch up.
A nearby elementary school has a salad bar. You can imagine what kids might leave behind at a salad bar. We'll get someone to swing by there every school day afternoon with zipper bags and quart tubs, and we'll add all that stuff to Free Hot Soup concoctions.
The app is 95% written. I need to enlist the help of an iOS programmer to finish it up, and an android programmer to write the second version. Once that's up and running, there will be a lot of coordinating of volunteers and donors to make sure food is transported in a timely and safe manner. And since the app is open-source, we'll need to be ready to advise other communities to start their own networks.
The tent in our driveway is seeing a lot of action. It's working great to have people drop off and pick up without having to come through the house. A more secure option will have to be created soon, but this is OK for now. We're getting a new garage door today, so maybe part of the garage can be dedicated to this project, too. It may not be long before more space is needed.
We're no longer doing any fundraising. We need business cards and website fees and printer ink. If you feel so inclined, a small donation will go a long way toward greasing the gears as we crank up.
Thank you for your interest, your support, and your help. We might just change the world.
Susie Snortum is passionate about improving society's compassion for meeting basic human needs -- food, shelter, clean water, and dignity.