Rapid Response Weekly Update Issue #1

By April 14, 2020Blog

Each week we’re popping into your inbox to share some hope and encouragement during these uncertain and frightening days. Read on for some great stories of how your community is coming together to feed those in need during the COVID-19 crisis, and more information about how you can get more involved!

Double Tree Hotel Donates Food in Light of Temporary Closure

The COVID-19 crisis has hit many industries harder than others, and the hospitality industry is suffering significantly during shelter-in-place orders. Even though the Double Tree Hotel had to close temporarily, they continue to be committed to serving their community. Instead of letting the food in their facility go to waste, they donated 154 pounds of protein, fruit, vegetables, and baked goods to Cultivate. Any food we were not able to use in our frozen meals went straight back out to social service agencies also feeding the community on a daily basis. We’re so grateful for Double Tree’s support of our mission to feed the hungry in our community and to reduce food waste!

Relationship with Milford Food Bank Continues Strong in Crisis

Cultivate Food Rescue has worked with the Milford Food Bank since day one, sharing food resources frequently. We recently got to share shelf-stable food items with them and the 60 pantries they serve. Part of our commitment to food rescue is to make sure no food goes to waste, and this often means sharing with food pantries and distributors like the Milford Food Bank. This is made possible by your support of Cultivate, meaning your gifts are spreading farther out into the community than you can imagine, and every bit of your resources are being put to good use.

This Week’s Rescued Food Spotlight

  • Edison Middle School donated 835 pounds of milk – thank you!
  • Edyth J. Brown Middle School donated over 3,600 pounds of food!
  • Marian High School made a donation of frozen vegetables, which go great in our frozen meals.

How You Can Help Today

The combination of rescheduling our annual Taste of Hope fundraiser to the end of August and the increased need in our community due to COVID-19 means Cultivate will be increasing production and distribution through the summer months.

Getting through the months of May, June, July, and August are going to be crucial to the thousands of food-insecure people we serve, and we need your support to keep providing meals to those in need.

You can carry a family through these uncertain times by making a gift of $140 or a monthly commitment of $35/month for the months of May through August. All gifts are tax-deductible and will go towards feeding the hungry in our community. Please consider giving today by donating securely online here or mailing your check made out to Cultivate to 1403 Prairie Ave., South Bend, IN 46613.