“Oink! Maaaaahp, oiiiiiink” says our friend, Ginger. Roughly translated, her squeals mean, “Thank you to The Peoples Pantry for not wasting any food!” Since 25-40% of food produced in the U.S. is wasted, our Pantry does everything possible to avoid needlessly discarding products and Ginger is a big help! Our client’s family rescued Ginger when she became ill last spring and her prior owner didn’t want to deal with a sick pig. Since then our clients have nursed Ginger back to health with the help of our, otherwise unusable, produce. Instead of throwing out produce we aren't able to serve our clients, we'll send some to Ginger! She doesn't mind chowing down on mushy apples, bitter fruit or beyond expired vegetables!
It breaks our heart to know that, despite thousands of hungry people and animals, 70 billion pounds of perfectly good food ends up in the trash every single year. If only we could allocate this excess to those in need.