Miami (CBS Miami) – After the Superbowl in Miami, 45,000 pounds of additional unused food was collected and distributed. This week, it took more than 100 volunteers to collect 90,000 pounds of leftovers from the Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix.
The fact that all that extra food didn’t go to landfill not only helped the environment but nonprofits in various locations.
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CBS 4 followed the food to the Miami Rescue Mission where it ended up on someone’s plate.
“There is great food here. “It’s very healthy,” said Richard Segara. Segarra is a resident and he commends all the chefs who help prepare the food from scratch.
“I know Brian Bullock and I shout to him that what he’s done in the kitchen since he’s been there has been amazing,” Segara said.
And sometimes having a plate of food on the mission is more than just a meal, it’s part of healing the soul. “I was a restless kid outside,” Segara explained.
Segarra has been on an 18-month transitional program and is about to end on Saturday. He will join 40 other people on the expedition in a small party to complete it. So, thankfully, the extra food from the Formula 1 Grand Prix Miami came just in time to help out with the graduation dinner. In fact, it has already been used in hundreds of meals.
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“We had over 8 different trucks coming and going. 125 volunteers,” Elaine Bowen, Food Rescue US South Florida site manager said. The group helped collect 90,000 pounds of food and take it to the expedition.
Part of the surplus included fruit, vegetables, frozen meat and sweets, all untouched.
The windfall was a huge help to Chef Ivor Wilson who noticed his purchasing power was declining with inflation.
“I have a $3000 order, it’s like only 1 pallet, and it was in the back like 3 pallets,” Wilson explained.
In addition, the donation contributed to saving money. “Usually we buy food for about $3,000 a week, but this week our purchases are down to $1,200,” Wilson told CBS4.
Food Rescue isn’t sure if there will be a big surplus next year, but it’s planning to salvage everything it can. Meanwhile this year, some remaining donations will help cool the mission party.
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“I am very happy and looking forward to graduating,” Segara added.