Loaf ‘N Jug
From Pueblo, CO
Story Type: Donors
How We Helped: Nutritious Food
Working Across Sectors to Fight Hunger
Damaged packaging. Overstocks. Spoiled produce. Every food-based retailer and restaurant faces the problem of wasted food.
We are able to feed hungry and homeless neighbors by rescuing food that can’t be served and delivering it to our partner food pantries. But over the past few years, increasing our rural food deliveries has meant fewer trucks available to pick up would-be wasted food from small stores, restaurants, and businesses.
Care and Share’s Agency Empowerment program helps solve the problem. We connect our partner agencies with local fresh food donors so that the agency can pick up food directly from the store. Loaf ’N Jug has become a leader in this important program. Its donations, such as prepackaged deli sandwiches, are fresh meals high in protein and ready to eat. Perfect for our homeless neighbors. Three fourths of Loaf ’N Jugs’ 62 Southern Colorado locations are taking part. It is one more example of how Care and Share makes your gifts go farther. The stores’ total donations are nearing half a million pounds of food—that’s more than 400,000 meals.
“We give back as an appreciation to our customers. We believe businesses have a duty to give back to the communities they serve,” said Art Stawsi, President of Loaf ’N Jug and Quik Stop. “With our focus being on programs benefiting children and families, Care and Share became an ideal organization to partner with. I would encourage other businesses like ours who also believe in helping families fight hunger in their neighborhoods to contact Care and Share…it could be their perfect fit, too.”
Agency empowerment has not only eased the strain on Care and Share’s trucks and staff, but is greatly helping to lessen food waste across our service area.
Thank you, Loaf ’N Jug! Care and Share looks forward to providing greater access to food for everyone in need throughout Southern Colorado. We can’t do it without you!