MIAMI (CBSMiami) – After the Superbowl in Miami, 45,000 pounds of extra unused food was collected and distributed. This week, it took more than 100 volunteers to collect 90,000 pounds of food scraps from the Miami Formula 1 Grand Prix.
The fact that all that extra food didn’t go to a landfill has not only helped the environment, but also nonprofits in various places.
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CBS 4 tracked the food to the Miami Rescue Mission where it ended up on someone’s plate.
“There is good food here. It’s very healthy,” said Richard Segarra. Segarra is one of the residents and he has compliments for all the chefs who help prepare the food from scratch.
“I know Brian Pollock and I give him credit for what he’s done in the kitchen since he’s been there, has been amazing,” Segarra said.
And a plate of food at the mission is sometimes so much more than a meal, it’s a bit of healing for the soul. “I was a troubled kid there,” Segarra explained.
Segarra participated in an 18-month transition program and is set to end on Saturday. He will join 40 other people at the Mission with a small ceremony for the completion. So, by chance, excess food from the Miami Formula 1 Grand Prix arrived at just the right time to help organize a graduation dinner. In fact, it has already been used in hundreds of meals.
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“We had more than 8 different trucks coming and going. 125 volunteers,” said Ellen Bowen, site manager for Food Rescue US South Florida. The group helped collect the 90,000 pounds of food and bring it to the mission.
Some of the surplus included fruits, vegetables, frozen meat and sweets, all intact.
The windfall was a big help for chef Ivor Wilson, who noticed that his purchasing power decreased with inflation.
“I have a $3,000 order, it’s like one pallet, a while ago it was like 3 pallets,” Wilson explained.
In addition, the donation saved money. “We usually buy about $3,000 worth of food a week, but this week our purchase dropped to $1,200,” Wilson told CBS 4.
Food Rescue isn’t sure if there will be as many surpluses next year, but plans to save whatever they can. Meanwhile, this year, some of the remaining donations will help sweeten the mission ceremony.
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“I’m very happy and can’t wait to graduate,” Segarra added.