Food Waste

How to Make Italian Crazy Sauce

Why Waste Wednesday

DID YOU KNOW? The average American household wastes approximately $1,600 each year in produce. This is enough to pay for more than an entire month’s worth of groceries for a family of four! 😱

Produce is a major food staple for many and yet it is often wasted.

Some reasons for this waste could be:

  • Poor storage system for produce, making items go bad faster
  • Allowing items to go bad without eating them, which often happens when we forget we have them
  • Not repurposing parts of a fruit or vegetable to make other dishes

Italian Crazy Sauce Recipe

For today’s #WhyWasteWednesday post, we want to give you an option to use a tomato that might be going bad soon and turn it into a delicious meal! With our fun recipe for Italian Crazy Sauce you can take those overripe tomatoes in your fridge and make a yummy sauce to dip your bread into! 🍅 🥖

INGREDIENTS LIST

💚 6-8 Overripe tomatoes

💚 1-2 cloves of garlic

💚 Basil powder, 3 to 6 fresh sprigs, or 1 Tablespoon basil pesto

💚 Oil of choice (e.g. olive oil)

💚 Pasta or Toasted bread for dipping

Now it’s time for preparation! Make sure to follow the steps below. 

6 STEPS FOR PREPARATION:

  1. Remove any parts of the tomato that may be molded.  Then chop into smaller pieces. Set aside. (If you need additional tomatoes you may add any other tomato including cherry tomatoes)
  2. Heat oil in pot or pan on medium high. When oil is heated, add chopped garlic and sauté for 1 min.
  3. Add tomatoes in next and stir them. Sauté the tomato mixture until hot then add basil and stir.
  4. Pull pan off the burner to cool. Now in a blender, puree the mixture. (You can also use kitchen scissors to make the larger pieces smaller if you need to)
  5. Leave in the pan until cooled completely.  This will thicken and enhance the flavor of the tomato sauce into a rich taste. The longer it sits, the more flavorful it gets.
  6. When pasta or toasted bread is ready, heat sauce and serve. Enjoy!

If you have a recipe you would like to share with us for #WhyWasteFoodWednesday, please email mbereket@carly-bragg

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Why Volunteer? It may be tax-deductible!

It is no coincidence that #NationalTaxDay also happens to fall within National Volunteer Month!

That makes April the perfect time to consider volunteering with Food Finders. In addition to all the wonderful benefits of volunteering, both personally and globally, you may also have an additional incentive that tax day brings to light — volunteering may be tax-deductible.

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Possible Benefits

Now don’t get too excited about your possible tax day saving idea! Although volunteers contribute their services without pay, they may be able to deduct certain out-of-pocket expenses on income tax returns within limits set by the tax laws. It is something worth noting today, on Tax Day, but it shouldn’t be the reason you consider doing such impactful work. The purpose of volunteering isn’t to get something in return, we just thought it wouldn’t hurt to look into receiving a tax deduction–if you qualify for it.

How do I know if volunteering may be tax-deductible?

While volunteering itself is not tax-deductible, any out-of-pocket expenses used for work may count as fair game for tax deductions.

Some examples of deductions noted by HR Block could include:

  • Specific uniform needed to safely perform work duties
  • Mileage expenses spent traveling in your own vehicle to a work site
  • Travel expenses for an airport, train, or taxi to far location for a charitable service

Please visit this link for a more detailed breakdown on what may count as a potential tax deduction for volunteer work.

We are definitely not tax experts at Food Finders, so we do suggest consulting a tax representative for more information to determine if may be eligible for any tax deduction on out-of-pocket expenses (e.g. mileage expenses incurred from volunteer work).

The Real Benefit: Being A Food Finders Rescue Hero

By volunteering with us here at Food Finders, you are making a huge impact in your community and this makes you a hero! Consider taking time to volunteer this month and post a picture of your food delivery with the #IAmAFoodResuceHero

Please visit the volunteer page on our website for step-by-step instructions on how to become a volunteer with Food Finders.

Food Finders is always looking for volunteers to help us rescue and deliver food that is needed to help feed food insecure communities. The tax idea is just a cherry on top of an already wonderful volunteering cake! Happy #TaxDay

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A Day In the Life of Food Finders

What happens when a grocery store has 5 cases of produce, a day’s leftover bread from the bakery, and a pallet of coffee, all past their sell dates? Or when a restaurant finds they must offload their perishable goods prior to shutting down their business? Although food waste has finally leveled off, many businesses still find themselves with excess, edible food.

Food Finders continually answers the calls of restaurants, grocers and others who find themselves in need of a resource to donate food rather than carelessly and irresponsibly tossing it in the trash. At first glance, the solution may seem simple—send a driver over to pick up the food—problem solved!

But food rescue and recovery is a little more involved than that. A typical food bank may accept donations dropped at their door. Food Finders takes it a few steps further. All new donation requests are funneled through Chris Wong, Food Donor Acquisitions Manager, and are first qualified. How much food is it? What type? How is it packed, stored, contained? Will there be a loading area for pick up? Once some of the basics are determined, Chris can assign a staff driver to large donations, or volunteers are connected who can manage smaller donations.

That food does not find its way back to Food Finders’ warehouse. Instead, it’s delivered immediately within a close distance. The community benefits from its local donors, and the donor feels good about helping the local community. They can also receive a tax write-off.

The request gets relayed from Acquisitions to the Agency Coordination staff who are responsible for matching the donation to a partner recipient agency. No refrigeration on-site? Then you must have a program that distributes immediately or same-day. Each agency is vetted to determine if they can accept the food based on their location, volume of need and type of food requested, and program schedule.

From there, volunteers or staff drivers are set to pick up. Some donations occur weekly or daily. Others are occasional. The Food Finders app is downloadable, and volunteers are encouraged to use this app to remotely access available food donations. The app will indicate approximately how much food is available, the location of the donor, who to contact, and where the food is assigned for distribution. Maps with directions are provided along with any special instructions.

This process happens hundreds of times weekly.

Sounds like a well-oiled machine? It is!  And after 32 years of running its food rescue program, Food Finders is still finding ways to streamline the process. Plus, we are always adding to our network of donors and volunteer base. If you’d like to make a donation or want to share about or get involved in our program, see www.foodfinders.org. We’d love to have your join us in reducing hunger and food waste!

If you would like to make an impact on reducing food waste and hunger help us grow our food rescue operations: Donate

#foodfindersinc  #FoodRescue #reducehunger #foodrecovery #Volunteer #Charity #helpfoodinsecurecommunities #HelpEndHunger #EndHunger #fightinghunger #rescuingfood #Donate #makeanimpact

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Support Food Finders and Give #MoreThanJustFood

Your support of Food Finders provides more than just food- it provides time spent cooking together, reconnecting with friends or family, creating a long-lasting memory, tradition and much more. Make a donation this December and provide someone in need with #MoreThanJustFood.