Food rescue is the process of collecting donated food from restaurants, caterers, and other food service providers, and distributing that food to people in need through local social service organizations. Eat Greater Des Moines works to connect those businesses with excess, edible food to non-profit organizations that can put the food to good use. In the food business, predicting exact levels of demand can be a challenge. As a result, there is often safe prepared food left unsold at the end of a shift, event, or work day. Such food can be put to good use through a food rescue program, which handles pickup of donated food and distribution to agencies that serve people who are food insecure.
This program seeks to connect Iowans to locally grown and healthy food through the various farmers markets in Polk, Dallas, Marion, and Warren counties. Eat Greater Des Moines seeks to spread awareness of the different farmers markets all around the city. There are over 20 different markets in Des Moines alone. A consumer can find a place to buy local food almost every night of the week!
Double Up Food Bucks, Iowa’s statewide healthy food incentive program, is coming to a select group of farmers markets – including the Perry and Lutheran Services in Iowa farmers markets – starting July 1, 2016. Double Up matches the value of federal nutrition benefits spent at participating farmers markets, helping people bring home healthier, locally grown fruits and vegetables.