One Million Pounds

of Food Rescued

Cultivate Culinary increasing meal output to keep up with pandemic demand

As the pandemic drags on, it’s bringing an economic recession with it. That financial downturn is leaving families hungry. All the food at Cultivate Culinary is going to families in need. Cultivate takes donations of unused food and uses it to supply food pantries and other organizations. The need for those partnerships has only increased since spring. Chef Randy Z has had a lot of heavy lifting to do. This week, he was helping coordinate volunteers as they packaged meals.

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Cultivate Food Rescue recovered 1 million pounds of food

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind. – Cultivate Food Rescue has recovered 1 million pounds of food and is ramping up efforts to meet a growing need for food assistance in the wake of COVID-19. Cultivate Food Rescue is a local nonprofit that is dedicated to reducing food insecurity in communities in St. Joseph, Marshall and Elkhart counties. There has been a sharp rise in demand since the pandemic and Cultivate has responded by preparing up to 5,400 meals a week to meet that need. Cultivate had partnered with enFocus, a nonprofit dedicated to attracting talent to our region, to build systems to improve their operations. Cultivate Board President and Co-founder Jim Conklin explains what partnering with enFocus has done for Cultivate Food Rescue.

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