One of the effects of the global pandemic was a breakdown of the food supply chain. Rolling lockdowns had major food buyers, such as restaurants and school cafeterias, out of commission, which left farmers with a sudden influx of products. Many had to destroy huge quantities of food, while food insecurity raged in other parts of the country.
In Washington, one man decided to take action. George Ahearn discovered farmers nearby were giving away produce, he posted on Facebook asking to borrow a truck or trailer for the day to save some of the food. His friends responded with two trailers and four trucks, and together they hauled away nearly 10 tons of food and brought it to food banks in need on the other end of the state.
It was a spur of the moment good deed and the type of action that inspires more of its kind. Desperately needed during times like this, George’s caravan of food helped feed some hungry folks, but more importantly, it led to the creation of a nonprofit, EastWest Food Rescue. The EastWest Food Rescue has now saved more than 3 million pounds of food and redirected it to those in need. It has also raised donations to help compensate farmers for their lost revenue.
In short, an act of kindness spurred a solution to a grave problem that worked for everyone. It’s the type of story that makes so much sense you can barely believe it happened. Many of the participants in that first run are now part of the nonprofit and Ahearn said the goal is to rescue 10 million pounds of food. To accomplish this, he’s trying to raise $250,000 in order to get refrigeration equipment for fruit, other produce, milk, and eggs.
It’s the type of story that helps carry you through the drudgery of bad news in 2020. A group of regular citizens are trying to make their corner of the world a better place, and they’ve succeeded.