News & Updates

May Email-Summer Backpack Plans

May Email-Summer Backpack Plans

School's Out For the Summer, Now What?! Summer Solutions for Hungry Children We often get the question this time of year, "What happens to Cultivate's backpack program in the summer?". The end of the school year often brings additional stress to food-insecure students...

April Newsletter

April Newsletter

April NewsletterKetchup with Cultivate Three years ago, Penn High School teacher, Amy Zimmer, had the idea to bring her Exceptional Education students to Cultivate and volunteer. With the goal of learning life skills such as following directions and teamwork, she...

March Newsletter

March Newsletter

March NewsletterKetchup with CultivateAll the Right Ingredients Is everyone dreaming about spring break, the beach and seafood? Chef Randy Z is! Shrimp Relish 1 cup small raw shrimp - peeled, deveined, and chopped 1 cup sour cream (for a healthier option, substitute...

February 2022 Newsletter

February 2022 Newsletter

February 2022 Newsletter Ketchup with Cultivate   Cultivate wins $1 Million Grant from St. Joseph County Council As you may have heard, the St. Joseph County Council awarded us with $1 Million in American Rescue Plan funds. These dollars will go toward our campaign to...

2021 Annual Appeal

2021 Annual Appeal

You may wonder what the new Trader Joe’s Supermarket in South Bend has to do with a woman who brings her child to lunch at St. Margaret’s House. What is the connection between the 4-H kid raising livestock and…

Our Four-Year Anniversary of Food Rescue!

Our Four-Year Anniversary of Food Rescue!

Four years ago, we started on this food rescue journey. It all started when we saw a huge need in our community: thousands of people are hungry every day, while 40% of our food supply is being thrown away. Between July 2017 and July 2018, we rescued 80,200 pounds of...

June 2021 Newsletter

June 2021 Newsletter

June 2021 NewsletterTransform 2021 Cultivate rescued 1,037,240 pounds of food throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, delivered 240,081 meals, and had a 439% growth increase in distributed food from previous years. These are phenomenal numbers that measure our impact in the...

May 2021 Newsletter

May 2021 Newsletter

May 2021 NewsletterFarmers to Family Combo Boxes Cultivate Receives 7,000 Boxes! In March and April, we were able to receive and deliver nearly 7,000 Farm to Family boxes to people in our community. Working with partners like Milford Food Bank, Society of St. Andrews,...

April 2021 Newsletter

April 2021 Newsletter

April 2021 NewsletterUnspoken Impact Not just food. Inspiration. Cultivate rescued 1,037,240 pounds of food throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, delivered 240,081 meals, and had a 439% growth increase in distributed food from previous years. Despite all of these numbers,...

March 2021 Newsletter

March 2021 Newsletter

Transform 2021 We know that last year was one of the toughest our communities have faced in a long time. The need to do more is present. As 2021 kicks off, Cultivate Food Rescue wanted to look inward. What motivates us and our communities to change? Where do we fit...

February 2021 Newsletter

February 2021 Newsletter

New Volunteer Software We are live with our new volunteer software! This will make it easier to keep track of our volunteer hours and for you to sign-in upon arrival at Cultivate. Download the Volunteer Local App to ease the sign-in process and view your profile and...

Where We are Headed (January 2021)

Where We are Headed (January 2021)

2020 was a year of growth at Cultivate Food Rescue. As challenging as the world is that we live in today, we have continually been able to provide food and hope to the most vulnerable in our community. As schools settle back into a new year, we will soon begin to...

Year End Newsletter (December 2020)

Year End Newsletter (December 2020)

Clean Your Plate! Or Donate to Cultivate  Did your mom ever tell you not to waste your food because there were starving children…somewhere else? But those kids were so far away, what good could your green beans possibly do them? Well, your mom was right that...

October 2020 Newsletter

October 2020 Newsletter

2020 has been a year of hardship, not to mention change for everyone. These hardships have been extreme, especially for those we serve together. Because of the incredible generosity of our financial donors and the help of our wonderful partners, food donors, and...