I am the co-founder and President of the nonprofit Fresh Hub. We rescue unsold fruits, vegetables, and bread and redistribute to Houston food desert residents.
Mission: to eradicate food waste and food deserts
Establishing community partners
With the goal of reducing food waste, I faced the challenge of building partnerships with grocery stores. With the endorsement from Second Servings of Houston, Fresh Hub was able to coordinate food pick-ups at Trader Joe’s and local bakeries. I endeavored to place the market at Houston Health Department multi-service centers, as they were well-known and located in the food desert areas.
Fundraising & Grants
Fresh Hub received $500 from Texas CPAs Helping School to purchase the supplies for the market events. We received $400 from Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation and Youth Service America for hosting a Fresh Hub Youth Service Day Event. We also raised $600 from tapioca sales to add more choices of food for the markets and the home deliveries.
Fresh Hub App and Text Messaging Service
Most food distributed at the markets were perishable produce and bread, so a quick turn-around was the key to success. Posters and yard signs were used for advertising, and text messages in English and Spanish were sent to the community members as 450 clients signed up for our text messaging service. Moreover, I formed a team with three other students to develop the Fresh Hub mobile app to efficiently get clients connected and promote healthy eating habits.
Fresh Hub's Impact
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End Food Waste
We collect excess food from places including Trader Joes, Slow Dough, and Bread Man with the help of Second Servings that otherwise would have been thrown away.
Since 2018, across our twenty three market events and three Youth Service Day projects, we have collected distributed over 15,200 pounds of food. Our donations range from fresh fruits and vegetables to baked goods to packaged meats.
Eliminate Food Deserts
We distribute food to multi-service centers in neighborhood that qualify as food deserts. (Food Deserts = areas that lack Grocery Stores with Healthy Food Options)
Currently, we have expanded to four locations: the Sunnyside Multi-service Center, the Kashmere Multi-service Center, The Acres Homes Multi-service Center, and the Redford Apartments. In total we helped deliver food to nearly 1900 Houstonians!
One Stop Hub - Wrap-Around Services
We invited three local government departments and six health and employment organizations to set up booths to provide referral and information to the clients.
During the pandemic, food insecurity was only exacerbated. Fresh Hub couldn't continue our usual markets, so I thought of other ways to continue serving our beneficiaries.