MealConnect Helps Second Harvest Food Bank Rescue Food
Erie News Now is once again teaming up with the Second Harvest Food Bank to help feed families this holiday season.
On Wednesday, our station will host the 21st Annual Erie News Now Food Drive.
A total of 13 locations throughout our region will be collecting non-perishable food items, turkeys, and monetary donations.
As the event approaches, the Second Harvest Food Bank is hoping to get the word out about a app they are using to help feed the hungry.
It's called MealConnect.
Restaurants and food retailers who have a surplus of food can post what they have on the app.
MealConnect will then determine the best-suited food pantry or non-profit to receive those donations.
The app then sets up a time for pick-up.
The goal is to eliminate food waste while addressing food insecurity.
"Food rescue is very important right now,” said Second Harvest Food Bank Director of Development Breanna Watts. “A lot of people are in support of it, so for us to be able to partner with Feeding America, have an app that's been vetted, and be able to rescue food and get it to those in need is very important."
Since signing up for the app in July, the food bank has been able to save over 2,000 pounds of food from going to the landfill.
"In Pennsylvania, right now, our food insecurity rate is about 88,000 people in our 11 counties that we know are in need of food, and a large chunk of that is children,” said Watts. “MealConnect makes it more efficient for those who have excess food to get it to those who need it."
The Erie News Now Food Drive kicks off tomorrow morning at 6:00 a.m. and runs until 6:30 p.m.