Giving Back With the Touch of a Button
Lyon Bakery, like many, is committed to giving back wherever we can. Sometimes, we don’t have time to host a fundraiser or sit on a committee — time is precious and more often than not our calendars are full with things like our 9 to 5 job and our families.
Food Waste is an important and ever-growing topic. The USA wastes an outrageous amount of food every year. Foods that have expired by one day, fresh foods that haven’t been sold or bought, misshapen products that just look a little bit ugly and fail the aesthetics quality control…the list is long.
A few months ago, we partnered with a fabulous organization, Food Rescue US (formerly known as Community Plates). Founded in Connecticut, a branch was opened in DC in 2016 by Kate Urbank.
In sum: Food rescuers pick up excess foods and deliver them to those in need. Win-Win!
If you have a smart phone, all you need do is download the Food Rescue US app from the Apple Store or Google Play, and voila… you can do your part with just a few clicks or swipes!
This is a brilliant way for those that are time-short but wishing to give back. Open the app on any given day and see which food donors have foods ready for pick-up, and which food receivers are available to receive the foods. You can dedicate yourself to doing this just one time, once a week/month or every day.
If you are a food organization (restaurant, bakery, bar) with food that is going to go to waste, you can fulfill your part too. Open the app and let the food rescuers know the times when you will have a pick-up ready!
We have been overwhelmed with the wonderful food rescuers’ enthusiasm whenever they visit the bakery to do a pickup. We are thrilled to give our breads to organizations in the DC area such as Miriam’s Kitchen, Martha’s Table (photos below) etc. Food rescuers visit us numerous times throughout the week, and we applaud their dedication and compassion.
We are so excited to be part of working with Food Rescue DC and playing a part in feeding the hungry and lessening food waste.
Roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tonnes — gets lost or wasted. Food losses and waste amounts to roughly US$ 680 billion in industrialized countries and US$ 310 billion in developing countries.