Watch the video below to see how one simple idea is impacting lives across the Moscow region.
Chris Cummings' idea to help the hungry has turned into something that is making a difference in the Moscow community.
Chris, an assistant cook, saw excess food going to waste as he worked in the kitchen at Good Samaritan Society – Moscow Village.
He knew there were hungry people in and around Moscow, and came up with a food recovery program to help them.
What is the value of life if we're not doing good for others?" — Chris Cummings, assistant cook, Good Samaritan Society — Moscow Village
Chris brought his idea forward to leadership at Moscow Village, and they applied for a social accountability grant from the Good Samaritan Society. They were awarded money in the spring of 2018 to help buy food storage containers.
The food recovery project involves packaging excess food that would normally be thrown away and delivering it to agencies in Moscow.
The kitchen staff puts the food into containers and adds expiration dates. Then residents or employees volunteer to take it to local agencies — the senior center on Mondays; Latah Recovery on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays; and Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse on Thursdays. They plan to add another agency soon.
In Idaho, food can be repurposed as an effort to fight hunger. If your organization is considering starting a similar program, check your state’s Good Samaritan laws to make sure there is no liability for giving away food.
Tammie Poe, sales and marketing director at Moscow Village, says that staff members are there to serve not only Moscow Village residents, but the entire community.
"We want to be a beacon of hope and light," she says.
Mission and community service have been part of the work of the
Good Samaritan Society since its founding in 1922.