Food network

Unique initiative trains homeless people to drive vans to collect food for distribution at the shelter

Salvation Army Food Waste Management Program with Feeding San Diego

A unique collaboration between a trio of organizations in San Diego, California has reached a major milestone in providing food and jobs to those who need it most.

They also save perfectly viable food that would otherwise have ended up in the landfill, while providing a creative model that could be replicated across the country.

Thanks to funding from the Lucky Duck Foundationthe Salvation Army hires residents of its homeless shelter and trains them to become Food Rescue Route Drivers, who then operate routes for Feeding San Diego to scavenge tasty food before it’s gone wasted.

The heartwarming partnership reached a major milestone in June, announcing that it had saved more than half a million pounds of food so far (227,000 kg), and each of the Salvation Army residents who have participated in the program got a full-time job and is still housed.

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Daniel Rocha, who had been homeless for nine months, jumped at the chance to be a truck driver. He picks up the food three times a week from grocery stores, like Costco and Vons, Starbucks and Amazon warehouses, among other businesses.

The food is then distributed to those in need, often to residents of the Salvation Army shelter.

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“The uplifting program has the potential to inspire similar collaborations elsewhere,” Foundation spokesperson Brian Hayes told GNN.

Watch the Salvation Army video featuring Daniel, below…

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