Fishkill Nonprofit Helps End Waste and Feed the Hungry
Seeking volunteers and monetary donations to support its mission to end food waste and feed the hungry.
Martha Elder and Alison Jolicoeur
Second Chance Foods, which has been “rescuing” food in the lower Hudson Valley since 2016, is seeking volunteers and monetary donations to support its mission to end food waste and feed the hungry.
The Fishkill-based nonprofit collects food that supermarkets are pulling off their shelves because it is close to its sell-by date, aesthetically imperfect or excess stock. Then they deliver it to local food programs that distribute it to their clients. They have provided tens of thousands of servings of food to the food insecure since inception, according to Executive Director Martha Elder.
In 2017, Second Chance Foods created a Farm to Food Pantry program, recovering local farm produce and cooking it in their licensed, commercial kitchen into soups, sauces, pesto, salsa and other products for area food programs to distribute. During the 2017 harvest season, Second Chance Foods recovered more than 5,000 pounds of produce.
“We see access to nourishing food as a human right,” Elder says. “We work to provide nutrient-dense food to people who often have limited access to it.”