A Gala Fundraiser that Gives Back to Community

The Community Foundation of the National Capital Region is a community of givers. Its mission is to strengthen the Washington metropolitan region by encouraging and supporting effective giving and by providing leadership on critical issues in our community. So it was not surprising that Anna Hargrave, Executive Director of the Montgomery County Office, wanted to make sure that food from their fall fundraiser gala would be donated to a food assistance organization through the Community Food Rescue network.

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TF caterers donate delicious fare after The Community Foundation’s fundraiser gala.

Anna introduced Community Food Rescue to their evening’s event caterer, Tropical Fusion. Alia Johnson, Director of Sales, signed up to use the CFR web-based matching tool and after the event scheduled a donation of 35 lbs. of delicious unused prepared food. The web application instantly auto-matched the donation to Bethesda Cares, whose mission is to find permanent housing for those who are chronically homeless. The non-profit organization serves between 35 and 70 clients a hot lunch every weekday.

“It is inspiring to see the connection from food donor to recipient organization, knowing that this food is not wasted but instead helping people in our community”.–Bill Franz, volunteer food runner

Bethesda Cares receives TF food donation to Bethesda Cares for their clients.
Bethesda Cares receives TF food donation that was served to their clients for lunch.

The matching tool sends an email request for a “food run” to our growing volunteer pool. Bill accepted the food run with a click of a button, and he received all the information for pick-up and delivery. He transported seven pans of the prepared food after checking for proper time and temperature for food safety, recording the information on the tracking form, and obtaining the proper signatures from both the donor and recipients. Bill explains his interest in volunteering. “It is inspiring to see the connection from food donor to recipient organization, knowing that this food is not wasted but instead helping people in our community”.

Bethesda Cares’ clients enjoyed a delicious lunch of Lamb Chops, Turkey Chili, Malanga Mash (vegetarian), Spanakopita, and Mushroom Sauce. Sue Kirk, Bethesda Cares Executive Director, appreciated the donation and noted that, “it’s a win-win-win for the community”.

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