Flint Hills Food Recovery

WHAT IS "FOOD" RECOVERY?
Often, restaurants, caterers, and grocery stores have an over-abundance of food. All too often, this extra food – while perfectly edible – goes to waste. Instead of throwing away nutritious food, “food recovery” redistributes it to the places that need it most: food pantries, crisis centers, community meal programs, and other emergency food programs.

WHAT IS FLINT HILLS FOOD RECOVERY?
Flint Hills Food Recovery is committed to bridging the gap between abundance and need by facilitating the rescue and transfer of edible food that would otherwise be discarded or go to waste. We work to efficiently connect this food directly to the local community organizations and programs where it can have the greatest impact.

How does it work?

Using an app called ChowMatch, food businesses are matched with food assistance organizations. Donors (such as restaurants and caterers) enter their untouched surplus food into ChowMatch, so that volunteers can deliver it to recipients (such as food pantries and emergency shelters). The app coordinates connections between partners, and all partners follow standard food safety guidelines.

More Information

Policies and Procedures (pdf)

Safe Food Donations (pdf) 

Frequently Asked Questions (pdf)

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