Up to 30K pounds of unused food from Super Bowl headed to Miami shelters
Volunteers have descended upon Hard Rock Stadium this week in the aftermath of Super LIV to recover what is expected to be upwards of 30,000 pounds of unused food that will be put to good use and delivered to area social service agency partners.
More than 10,000 pounds of food — left unpurchased, untouched and unused on Super Bowl Sunday — has already been hauled away from the stadium heading into Tuesday morning, according to Food Rescue US Miami director Ellen Bowen.
Volunteers were back at it Tuesday, working in three shifts with the expectation that 10,000 more pounds of food will be collected during the day. Optimistic estimates suggest between 20,000 and 30,000 pounds of food will be ultimately recovered.
Thanks @CameronWolfe for spreading the word about our collective post-game efforts to directly transfer surplus food from Super Bowl LIV events to reduce hunger and food waste in Miami. @centerplate @NFLGreen @HardRockStadium @MIASBLIV @FoodRescueMiami @StopHungerUSA https://t.co/kWZmCo31ww— Food Rescue US (@foodrescueUS) February 4, 2020
“It’s a full volunteer job for everyone. We just want to help people in need,” Bowen said, via Cameron Wolfe of ESPN. “It’s amazing to see how much food there is that otherwise would have been thrown in the trash that can now feed so many people.”
Food Rescue US has partnered with Centerplate and NFL Green on the endeavor, and it’s shocking to think how all that unused food would have just been thrown away without the organizations’ collective efforts.
Miami Rescue Mission, Broward Outreach Center, Broward Partnership for the Homeless, Lotus House Shelter and Camillus House are the shelters and social service agencies that will benefit from this week’s unused food recovery efforts. It is believed the donations — if the 30,000-pound goal is indeed reached — will feed 20,000 people.