During 2019, the Daily Bread – Jamestown Program has rescued over 31,000 pounds (or 15 tons) of food for hungry individuals and families in the Jamestown area. This marks an increase of over 5,000 pounds from 2018.
“I continue to be amazed at the outreach of this program,” said Deacon Tom Geffre, Daily Bread- Jamestown Board chair. “In 2016, we were proud to announce that we had rescued and redistributed 6,000 pounds of food. Three short years later we have greatly surpassed all of our expectations.”
In 2019, Daily Bread expanded the location of its food distribution points to include First United Methodist Church in downtown Jamestown. Drop-off locations remain at all Jamestown Public Schools, James River Senior Citizens Center, St. John’s Lutheran Church, the Gardenette and the James House.
Geffre said the program (volunteer board of directors and workers) would not be able to operate without the dedication of the food pick up volunteers. These volunteers, coordinated by Deb Lee at the RSVP/Jamestown Volunteer Center, visit all food donors at least weekly to rescue and redistribute their excess food.
“We are very thankful for the kitchen staff at all of the Jamestown Public Schools and the James River Senior Center," he said. "There are so many folks dedicated to feeding the hungry in our community.”
The Daily Bread – Jamestown program works with over 20 state-certified (commercial) kitchens to rescue food that would otherwise be thrown away,” Geffre said.
"As we see a great need in our community, we continue to seek out food donors. Donors of the food are protected by the national Good Samaritan Law," he said.
Daily Bread – Jamestown also coordinates the every other month distribution of senior/low-income government food commodities in this area. That food is delivered to Daily Bread from the Great Plains Food Bank. This is another way the program is trying to combat the hunger issue in the community, Geffre said.