‘Food rescue’ program reduces waste, feeds hungry

Evan Goodenow | Oberlin News-Tribune

Alan Mitchell, Oberlin Community Services food coordinator, poses with food donated to the group’s food pantry Friday by Oberlin College. The donation was the first in a new “food rescue” program with the college designed to reduce waste while helping feed hungry people. The nine containers of food came from one of the college’s four main dining halls, said Michele Gross, the college’s director of dining services. The hall, which serves two meals per day, serves about 1,800 people daily. Gross said she limits the amount of food prepared to avoid waste, but some is left over. She said she’s glad the donations, which will be made twice each week, will help feed the needy. The food pantry serves about 200 people per week, Mitchell said.