Although this member agency is a recent addition to our ToolBank family, it has been a staple in the Houston community since 2014. Second Servings of Houston strives to alleviate hunger and reduce waste by rescuing excess prepared and perishable food from hotels, caterers, sports venues, distributors, retailers, and other regulated food businesses, and delivering it promptly and safely to approved charitable meal sites. A ToolBank representative was not able to visit the Texas Restaurant Association Marketplace trade show that occurred on July 14th and 15th. Barbabra Bronstein, the president and founder of second servings, was kind enough to have an email correspondence with us.
"Thanks to the ToolBank equipment rental, we were able to efficiently rescue a huge amount of incredible food for people in need, including adults in recovery, homeless shelter residents,seniors, and veterans”
Hello Barbara! Sorry we couldn’t be there for your event and thank you for taking the time to answer some questions about it. We just wanted to know more about the Texas Restaurant Association Marketplace trade show that second servings had at the George R. Brown Convention center.
Can you give a brief description of the project?
We gathered nearly 4 TONS of surplus food, drinks, and supplies from the show vendors and delivered it to 3 of our grateful charity partners: Magnificat Houses *a homeless shelter community and Loaves & Fishes soup kitchen, Mission Centers of Houston *a community center for all ages with food distribution and senior meals, and Impact Houston *a soup kitchen and food distribution center
How has the ToolBank helped your organization?
We rented 6 sturdy wagons and a flatbed handcart from the ToolBank, which our Food Rescue Squad of volunteers used to gather the food at the end of the show. The cost was nominal and the items were enormously helpful. We loved being able to rent the equipment, since our office storage space is limited.
Anything special you want us to include?
Second Servings is Houston’s only prepared and perishable food rescue organization. We pick up unsold and unserved food from food businesses (such as retailers, hotels, sports venues, etc.) that
would have gone to waste, but is now feeding people at more than 75 charity sites (including soup kitchens, homeless shelters, and many others.) In 4 years, we’ve rescued over 2 million pounds of food valued at more than $10 million.
Thank you to Barbabra Bronstein for taking the time to answer our questions.