Read on to learn why long-time Food Rescue Hero Joann Aurand keeps coming back.
How did you first learn about 412 Food Rescue?
In 2016, I came across a Facebook article describing the organization and knew I needed to be a part of its mission.
Why did you decide to become a #FoodRescueHero?
I have always been diligent about my food consumption habits, grocery shopping, and cooking meals so nothing is wasted. The mission of 412 Food Rescue was a perfect match with my beliefs. Having worked with families from a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds, I knew access to nutritional food was always a challenge and often not prioritized when other bills needed to be paid.
What do your rescues typically look like?
I have four regular rescues during the week, mostly in the East End of the city. Each visit requires less than 15 minutes to gather the donation and then maybe 15 minutes to transport it to the recipient. When possible, I will also do ad hoc rescues as they pop up.
Has there been a highlight or favorite moment since you started rescuing food with us?
During one of my regular rescues, there are often several residents who usually help to unload my car. Initially, they were shy and barely responded to my greeting. Now, when I visit with the donation, there is plenty of chatter and smiles from most of them. 412 Food Rescue presents opportunities to engage with a variety of folks who feel forgotten, creating connections.
If you could give someone one reason to become a #FoodRescueHero with 412 Food Rescue, what would it be?
The 412 Food Rescue app! The app provides an easy way to volunteer your time, on your schedule, while making an important impact in the community to fight hunger.