Meal Share Food Rescue & Repack
In 1995, Hoosier Hills Food Bank started a prepared food rescue project called Meal Share. Since then, Meal Share has collected more than a half million pounds of food from about 70 donors.
The concept of Meal Share is to safely capture prepared food from restaurants, catering businesses and other food preparation entities and distribute it to families in need through approved HHFB partner agencies. The end result is a program that has helped provide nearly 4,000 pounds of healthy nutritious food each month to those in need.
Meal Share complies with applicable food safety regulations that protect HHFB, the donor, and the end user families. Safe-serv trained staff collect food in our refrigerated van with attention to appropriate containers and labeling. Some food is distributed directly to soup kitchens and some is repacked into family-sized portions and frozen for distribution by agencies.
Generous Meal Share Donors Include: Avers Pizza, Bloomington Hospital, Hoosier Room, Longhorn Steakhouse, MCCSC Schools, Olive Garden, Pizza Hut, Terry's Banquets and Catering, Tudor Room/Sodexo. See Annual Report for additional donors.
Watch a video about Meal Share made by a student from the Indiana University School of Journalism.
Volunteer with Meal Share
Under the supervision of our food safety certified program coordinator, volunteers help repack Meal Share food that has been rescued into family size portions. Repack sessions happen Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays starting at 5:30pm. Volunteers will be required to wear hair restraints and remove hanging jewelry. Kids are welcome however children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Volunteer shifts are both suitable for indviduals as well as groups.
Contact our Volunteer Coordinator at (812) 334-8374 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to schedule a volunteer shift.