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What is Food Rescue?

When we say we rescue food, it means that we receive perfectly good surplus produce from industrial suppliers who can no longer use it. On an average day, we receive and ship over 10,000 pounds of fresh food.

What is Surplus Produce?

Surplus produce is grocery store quality fruits and vegetables that for various reasons never reaches the grocery store. A store may order more produce than it ends up needing, trucks may be too full to ship all of the ordered produce, or shipments can be delayed or arrive too early due to weather, market fluctuations, and equipment malfunctions. Often, entire pallets of usable food will be refused by markets because some items have slight cosmetic imperfections. The problem with surplus produce is that unlike canned goods, which could be resold or redistributed later, produce will spoil if it sits too long. Rather than letting good food go bad, our partners donate their surplus to us so we can distribute it the same day.


Cases of surplus cherry tomatoes, left on the loading docks because some had slight cosmetic blemishes. These would have been thrown away to make room for new produce had they not been donated to Fair Foods.


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What Can You Do With Your $2 Bag?

The Fair Foods $2 bag items are always a surprise! Since we don’t know what items we will get until the day of, there is not much room for planning. Fortunately, every bag no matter the day is filled with fresh, delicious items. One simple way to prepare these items is a stir-fry! Below is […]

Posted on 22 November 2013 | 5:52 pm

Portion Control

As delicious and satisfying as a heaping plate of food may seem, it is important for all of us to manage our portion to keep us in good health. Believe me, I know how easy it is to eat too much. Our society makes us want everything to be bigger and better. Mega and super […]

Posted on 27 October 2013 | 6:36 pm

Bake…Don’t Fry!

Fried food is tasty. Its salty, fatty, crunchy coating is extremely satisfying when we are hungry. It reminds us of home, family, and friends. It is easy, simple, and cheap. I wish I could tell you that fried food is good for your heart or that it will help you to lose weight, but this […]

Posted on 27 October 2013 | 6:33 pm

Roasted Veggie Stackers

Roasting vegetables in the oven is a fast and easy way to use vegetables when you aren’t sure what to do with them. Roasting brings out a vegetable’s sweetness and juice, and you may be surprised to learn that you like a previously hated veggie when roasted instead of raw or steamed. For this example, […]

Posted on 25 October 2013 | 10:47 am

No-Guilt Banana Ice Cream

Wondering what to do with all of those ripe bananas you just got in your $2 bag? Make ice cream in your very own home!  In just an hour or so, you can have a sweet frozen treat that is cheap, delicious and creamy, and completely healthy. Yes, there is such a thing as healthy […]

Posted on 25 October 2013 | 10:36 am

Avocados!!!

OMG Avocados!  And by avocados I mean the 116 or so cases of avocados (2900 lbs.) Fair Foods picked up in the past week.  Not only did we have a lot of them, but they were good!  And by good, as those who have tried them can vouch, I mean great!  I have only seen […]

Posted on 15 February 2012 | 9:18 pm

Salad with Chipotle Hummus

  With all the greens, tomatoes and onions we get in our $2 Produce Bags, I’ve been eating a lot of salad!   One of my favorite “dressings’ is acutally hummus and other bean based spreads.  They add a lot of flavor and nutrition to the salad compared to traditional dressings. If you have a food […]

Posted on 6 November 2011 | 5:08 pm

Simple Cilantro Chutney

If you find yourself with an abundance of cilantro from your $2 produce bag, this is a great way use it up!  This will keep in the fridge for at least 2 weeks and freezes really well.  Add a couple tablespoons to beans, rice, veggies, hummus or anywhere you’d like a little zing.  It’s great […]

Posted on 6 November 2011 | 10:55 am

More $2 bags of Produce!

 

Posted on 6 November 2011 | 10:47 am

Drink your greens!

  Here’s a simple way to get more greens into your diet! Drink them! For a basic green smoothie you need: 1 frozen banana 2 cups greens (baby spinach, lettuce) or 1 cup baby collards/kale 1 cup water, non-dairy milk or milk Blend until smooth. Make sure to add the liquid to the blender first! […]

Posted on 6 November 2011 | 10:28 am