Share My Meals (SMM) addresses the two critical issues of food waste and food insecurity at once with its Meal Recovery Program (MRP). The MRP is a food recovery process, approved by the local health departments, that allows recovery and distribution of surplus meals from the cafeterias of local corporations, schools, universities, hotels and restaurants to food-insecure members of the local community. It is a free service for all stakeholders, powered by our volunteers and supported by a unique technology platform.
During the pandemic, Share My Meals adapted its operations to launch the Covid-19 Program funded by a grant from the New Jersey Economic Development Authority’s (NJEDA) Sustain and Serve NJ Program. By purchasing meals at cost from local restaurants, Share My meals has been able to help the food insecure community while allowing the restaurants to stay active and paying part of their staff members.
As our workload has considerably increased, we launched a Community Inclusion Program in 2021 aiming to incorporate in our daily operations the talents and skills of people from the community who have lost their jobs. This program works to help community members get back to an active life while contributing to creating a true Share My Meals Movement.
For its Gleaning Program, Share My Meals partners with local farms to collect surplus produce. Volunteers help pick, sort, and bag the produce and then deliver it to families in need.