As part of their Give! campaigns, the papers publish a “Give! Guide” and host an online platform where people can seamlessly donate to one or several of the vetted nonprofit organizations. Sometimes, companies match individual dollar amounts. Depending on the publication, there can also be events or prize incentives to encourage donations—ticket giveaways, ice cream parties, even a raffled-off car.
· Niagara By Barrel, a loganberry sour aged in a Bordeaux barrel for seven months.Preceding that, on Saturday from 3 to 7 p.m., Green Man Taproom will host Indy Give! participant Rocky Mountain Field Institute for the NovemberFRESH Craftbeer Fest. Entry, benefitting RMFI, is $5, and drink sales also go toward the organization.
· Barrel Roll Red, an Imperial Red brewed with caramelized, locally produced, wildflower honey, aged in a Bordeaux barrel for five months.
· Exclusive tasting of the only remaining keg of 2013’s Barrel Roll Red. This will be the only opportunity to try the year-and-a-half-old 2013 and new 2014 vintages side by side!
· A special preview of our Christmas Thunderstroke Barleywine, aged in a Jack Daniels barrel.
An NBC spokesperson says the series profiles people and organizations that find creative ways to make a positive impact on their community. The CSFR segment is tentatively set to air October 7 in the 9 a.m. time slot, though this could change based on other news developments.
CSFR Executive Director Shane Lory said the nonprofit from day one has kept a careful tally of rescued foods, and as of mid-August that total was just over 25,900 pounds. They’ve since added even more, reaching 30,000 pounds. “With the help of generous food donors and our remarkable crew of volunteers, we are achieving the twin goals of cutting down on food waste and getting more food onto the tables of community agencies serving the hungry,” Lory said.
Among the key donors of food have been Vitamin Cottage Natural Grocers, Bon Apetit, Jimmy Johns, the Wild Goose Meeting House, La Baguette, Asian Pacific Market, Old School Bakery, and Hunt and Gather. CSFR continues to recruit additional food donors.
Lory said an initial story on CSFR in the Colorado Springs Gazette newspaper in February caught the eye of the “Today” Show, whose staff contacted him about doing a segment on CSFR. The show’s production crew was in Colorado Springs August 28 and 29 for interviews and filming.
Food collection and drop-off locations that were filmed included Rastalls cafeteria at Colorado College, Ivywild School, Asian Pacific Market, Marian House Soup Kitchen, Urban Peak, Springs Rescue Mission, and Seeds Community Café. “They filmed meals being served, interviewed key personnel and volunteers,” Lory said, “and I was also able to talk about the basics of how we function and how other cities can get started with their own Food Rescue programs.”
Typical foods collected by CSFR include fresh produce, baked goods, prepared hot foods, and frozen foods. CSFR volunteers pick up these still edible foods which in the past would most often have been thrown out and immediately deliver them to area soup kitchens, homeless shelters and other agencies that are prepared to use them.
Lory pointed out CSFR fills a unique niche by rescuing foods with short shelf life and keeping them usable through its direct redistribution model. Adding to CSFR’s sustainability goals, volunteers transport foods via bicycle trailer whenever and wherever feasible.
Lory said the genesis for CSFR was a group of local college students seeking to help meet hunger needs in the community while also addressing the huge issue of food waste. He said research they conducted showed that one in every six people in the United States is considered at-risk nutritionally, while a joint USDA/EPA study found that 30% to 40% of the food supply in this country gets wasted. “We knew something isn’t right here,” he said, “and we decided to do something about it.” The local program is modeled on similar Food Rescue programs currently active in Colorado in Boulder, Fort Collins, and Denver.
An early Indiegogo campaign raised initial seed funding for CSFR to buy needed transport equipment and underwrite other set-up expenses. Additional monies have come through fundraising events, grants, and individual donations. CSFR will be one of 76 community charities participating in this year’s IndyGive! Campaign sponsored by the Independent newspaper and Pikes Peak Community Foundation.
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