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Featured Volunteer | Floyd Hughes

#FoodRescueHero Floyd Hughes shares his experiences about ending #foodwaste and #hunger in Pittsburgh!

How did you first learn about 412 Food Rescue?

I first learned about 412 Food Rescue via social media – Twitter I think. I love food and I really hate food waste, so the organization caught my attention. However, I didn’t really decide to get involved until the app was released (I’m a geek so I love apps and tech stuff). The app just made it so much easier.

Why do you volunteer?

I volunteer because I love food (I’m a foodie) and I don’t think anyone should go without it.  There is enough food to feed every single person – it’s just a matter of solving the problem of how we can get the food to everyone; you guys have come up with a great solution.

Please let our readers know how you volunteer.

Although I have the app, I will usually get a call from a friend of mine (LEFT in above photo). We will coordinate schedules and then go on a pick up. He usually responds to the app and give directions whilst I drive.

Has there been a highlight or a favorite moment since volunteering with us?

My highlight has been being able to share about 412 Food Rescue, the app, and how to use it in collaboration with our congregation as a part of our DO Something Campaign, asking people to get involved in their community over the summer. The easier it is for people to get involved, the more likely they are to do so…and you guys have made it pretty easy.

If you could give someone one reason to volunteer with 412 Food Rescue, what would it be?

Generosity is infectious. One time we were unloading a van of bread and the manager of the organization had a line of people helping us as we passed bread from the van to their building. Someone on the street walked by and asked if we were giving away bread. One of the people helping to unload said “I don’t think so.”  The manager of the organization quickly responded ” Oh, we most definitely are” and began passing out bread to people on the street; some of those who received it began giving their bread to others (I would have to say this was one of the highlights as well). When people donate their time, which is one of the most valuable things we have since it cannot be earned back, it inspires others to be generous as well.