Food Recovery Initiative Teams Up with Loaves & Fishes

PHOTO COURTESY JOINT VENTURE SILICON VALLEY

PHOTO COURTESY JOINT VENTURE SILICON VALLEY

Moving into the next phase of its development, Joint Venture’s Food Recovery initiative has transferred day-to-day operations to Loaves & Fishes. Under terms of the agreement, the San Jose-based non-profit now coordinates the pick-up and delivery of food from participants, and manages the fleet of trucks that deliver meals. Joint Venture continues to recruit new food donors, expand distribution points, seek additional funding, and pilot new initiatives that reduce food waste and alleviate hunger.

This effort “epitomizes Joint Venture’s mission and the way we go about it,” said Robin Franz Martin, executive director of the initiative. “It has been a win-win for everybody participating.”

A La Carte gathers nutritious prepared meals six days a week from university and corporate campuses, including Stanford and Facebook, then distributes them at no cost to the recipients. Over 189,000 meals have been distributed since September 2018. The initiative has raised over $1.1 million in funding to support the five-truck network, all of which will be operated by Loaves & Fishes by the end of 2019.

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