Friday, January 23, was a historic day for the non-profit Share my Meals as its team recovered cooked meals and cases of vegetables and fruits from Princeton University Tiger Inn eating club.

Julia Doemland and Bob Belsky from Tiger Inn worked with the Share my meals’ team to facilitate the donation, making sure that the food was delivered in the best possible condition to the Princeton community in need.

It is still very early days for Share my Meals and we hadn’t anticipated starting our pick-up and delivery so quickly. When Tiger Inn called us, saying that they were about to close for ten days and had perishable products we had to step into action!

Delivering cold trays of prepared meals is easy: we have identified families and delivery points. Delivering cases of greens takes a bit more thinking and preparation. We had to load two cars with food, contact additional families before dividing the vegetables into several bags. The team then drove to the delivery addresses.

In less than two hours we had reclaimed fresh healthy food and delivered it to the Princeton food-insecure community. What’s more, we had prevented food waste and its environmental impact.