A new program will allow restaurants to donate their surplus food to Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee.

A new program will allow restaurants to donate their surplus food to Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee.

A new program will allow restaurants to donate their surplus food to Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee.

Second Harvest has launched a new program which will allow restaurants to donate their surplus food to local nonprofits to help reduce food waste.

The launch of MealConnect will help put more food on the tables of people facing hunger in Northeast Tennessee.

“We are always looking for innovative ways to source more food for the 1 in 8 Northeast Tennesseans facing hunger. This technology enables us to reduce waste and rescue more food for our communities,” said Rhonda Chafin, Executive Director of the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee.

With MealConnect, restaurants can post about their surplus food, say when it will be available, and a volunteer driver will pick it up. The food will then be delivered to the best suited local pantry or food program to distribute the donation. Donors can use MealConnect from any smartphone, tablet, or computer and is free to use.

“Every food business thinks about reducing waste. Whether you’re a small restaurant or a large-scale operation, at the end of the day, you have wholesome surplus food that could go to people in need. MealConnect makes it easy to donate that food to folks who need it the most,” said Jordan Troyer, of Troyer’s at Mountain View Country Market.

For more information, click here. Donations made through MealConnect are tax-deductible.

Photo credit:  Jordan Troyer

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