Raven SantanaNov 16, 2017, 7:53 pmNov 18, 2017, 10:41 am

Hello Fresh teams up with community based food rescue to donate meals

Table to Table will deliver meals through several organizations that help underserved communities

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NEWARK — When anticipating Thanksgiving, worry about eating too much or sometimes having too many leftovers, but its companies like the Hello Fresh location in Newark that are hoping consumers donate that extra food to those who really need it.

“We send customers ingredients and recipes on a weekly basis so we can really make their home cooking experience easy. So in 2015, we were looking for someone to partner with and who can make an impact in the community,” Hello Fresh Vice President Ray Gonzales said. “This week we're going to be doing 25,000 meals based on the ingredients will be donating.”

The company is asking Hello Fresh customers to pause their delivery for Thanksgiving so they can have the option to donate the value of food in their box.

“Because folks are busy, they're traveling during the holidays, they'll page their box, they have the option to donate the value of their box. So, what Hello Fresh does is well match that donation and well-sourced ingredients for the holidays so that can be turkeys or seasonable items,” Gonzales said.

Those items are then brought to Table to Table location in Newark, a community-based food rescue program that collects prepared and perishable food that would otherwise be wasted and delivers it to more than 100 organization that serve the hungry.

“We delivered enough food for over 17 million meals and that’s just in the four counties we serve. This year we're on track to deliver enough food for 18 million. We have increased the number of people we serve by 10 to 30 percent every year,” said Emily Force of Table to Table.

For more information on Table to Table, visit https://tabletotable.org.

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