Using Every Crumb
At any given time, up to 64 individuals and families call Grace Place home. A Second Harvest Heartland agency partner and homeless shelter in New Richmond, Wis., managed by The Salvation Army, Grace Place is where people seek shelter, support and meals.
On Fridays at Grace Place, staff sorts through food they’ve received– a mix of non-perishables and fresh foods that would’ve gone to waste. They categorize it and make a meal plan for the coming week.
Shelter Manager Lori Scheder is motivated to make the most of the food available. “I don’t like to see food go to waste,” she says. “So our staff and residents get creative. We work a meal around what we have.”
This week’s delivery included fresh bread. Baguettes are cut up and seasoned for croutons; other bread is dried, turned into bread crumbs, and frozen for a future life in meatloaves or meatballs. Not a crumb is wasted.
Each day, we distribute food to nearly 1,000 food shelves, soup kitchens, shelters and other programs in Minnesota and western Wisconsin just like Grace Place. These agency partners then distribute the food directly into the hands of working families, children and seniors throughout our 59-county service area. Learn more about our partners and their work by visiting our agency partners page.