In Memory of Jay DeYoung, Co-Founder of Food Rescue
Just this week Food Rescue quietly observed the 3rd anniversary of our very first harvest – August 29, 2011. Food Rescue was the brainchild of Jay DeYoung and myself, inspired largely by the needs of our family as well as community. After spending a few months brainstorming with our steering committee (a merry band of community organizers like ourselves) we made the leap into the world of gleaning – and Food Rescue was born.
This was during the short window of time that we thought Jay’s cancer had been cured. He was diagnosed with rectal cancer in June 2010, ending treatment in March 2011. When he was re-diagnosed in December of 2011 Food Rescue had collected nearly 20,000 lbs of produce in just 4 short months, and was supported by an amazing group of devoted volunteers – and now life-long friends.
The past 3 years have been a wonderful and difficult time, and all the while Food Rescue continued its work – acting as a clearinghouse for local produce, feeding our community with what would have otherwise gone to waste. It was the hard work of our volunteers that kept Food Rescue afloat. I cannot thank them enough.
Now Food Rescue is beginning a new chapter – as am I. We are looking forward to the expansion of our good works. We are excited to be launching this new and VERY improved website. We may have secured a building to use, and will finally complete our exempt status with the State – all of which allows us to continue to serve our community in the spirit Jay envisioned.
Thank you for visiting our website, and for supporting the work of Food Rescue! We are here to serve.