During times of abundance, the Good Cheer Food Bank kitchen team dehydrates and preserves bulk amounts of plums, pears, apples, peaches, tomatoes, cucumbers, pumpkins, zucchini, and kale into dried fruit, frozen fruit, soups, sauces, chutneys, pickles, purees, blanched greens, and frozen vegetables, which are extremely sought after and appreciated by Food Bank clients. Furthermore, combining creativity with a frugal and waste-not mindset, the kitchen team combs through boxes of “grocery rescue” produce from Safeway and Haggens and processes them into value-added products, such as salsa, guacamole, and bags of mixed fruit.
Preserving, processing, and putting by food!
Every day our Food Bank Manager Karen, and a dedicated volunteer Linda also make soup for clients! They help create nourishing lunch for people and use up produce that is too ugly to go on the shelves. Interested in volunteering? We’re always looking for individuals with skills in food preparation to help us process food!