1. Food Rescue & Redistribution
HFR diverted 230,000 pounds of excess food from six local food retailers in 2015 serving roughly 1,000 in-need community members each week.
HFR rescues food that would otherwise be wasted due to surplus, cosmetic imperfections and approaching expiration dates. Much of the food HFR rescues is highly nutritious fruits and vegetables as these foods have a much shorter shelf life than shelf-stable processed and refined food products.
2. Volunteer Management & Recruitment
The food rescue program is sustained through volunteered time.
Volunteers pick up donated food from food donors, bring it to the food sorting hub, organize it and then deliver tailored food boxes to multiple recipient organizations. HFR utilizes over 80 hours of donated time each week and has a volunteer team of over 85 people. Constant volunteer recruitment is necessary as volunteer turnover rates are high due to the nomadic character and seasonality of Jackson Hole.
HFR hosts weekly New Volunteer Orientations for potential new volunteers to learn more about opportunities to get involved. Once new volunteers are brought on board they are taken through a thorough training process. Managing volunteers schedules, organizing volunteer social events, covering for volunteers that are sick or unavailable and ensuring the wellbeing of all of the volunteers are other aspects of the Volunteer Management & Recruitment Program.
3. Food Waste & Food Insecurity Awareness & Education
This program focuses on public awareness through community events and outreach.
Annual Awareness Events at the Center for the Arts in late summer with community meals made out of rescued food, multiple documentary screenings and facilitated discussions at Teton County Library. focused on food waste and food insecurity.
We also rescue community buffets and teach nutritional cooking classes. Throughout the summer we run a booth at the local farmers market, and maintain a presence at the majority of community and conservation events that allow non-profit booths. HFR's educational programs consist of visits & tours at the Food Hub and volunteer opportunities for students of all ages. HFR also visits Jackson's schools to do presentations.