Cooks Who Care
•This Tennessee nonprofit fosters farm to table.
Imagine 10,000 pounds of fresh tomatoes arriving at your doorstep. You need to share them with the area’s homeless and hungry before they spoil. And by the way, another 10,000 pounds will be arriving every week.
When food distributor Freshpoint offered this exact scenario to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, the nonprofit developed a recipe and a pouchproduction system to create high-quality, shelf-stable spaghetti sauce that’s distributed to hundreds of food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and more. It’s a partnership that feeds thousands, diverts food from landfills and exemplifies how to collect and utilize agricultural surplus. In other words, it puts each week’s 10,000 pounds of tomatoes to very good use.b