Partnering with Sharing Excess, a nonprofit organization founded by college student Evan from Philadelphia, the mission is to rescue and redistribute surplus food to combat hunger.
Sharing Excess and Beast Philanthropy’s Involvement
MrBeast highlighted a staggering statistic – 241 million tons of food are produced in the USA annually, but over one-third of it goes to waste. This translates to a potential 150 billion meals discarded each year, while 44 million Americans face limited access to food.
Evan, a college student, initiated Sharing Excess when faced with the dilemma of leftover meal swipes. His innovative solution involved collecting and redistributing these unused meals to the homeless in Philadelphia. The project started small but gained momentum as the community rallied behind Evan’s cause.
The cost of maintaining Sharing Excess’ operations became a significant challenge. Evan reached out to Beast Philanthropy with an ambitious proposal – breaking the record for the world’s largest food distribution. Beast Philanthropy’s Darren visited Philadelphia, witnessing Sharing Excess’ impact and decided to partner with them.
Beast Philanthropy’s support allowed Sharing Excess to expand its operations. From its initial makeshift distribution center, Sharing Excess now operates in a warehouse, rescuing food in 19 states and employing over 30 people. The organization has rescued over 14 million pounds of food, preventing it from ending up in landfills.
The partnership aimed even higher, with the goal of acquiring Hunts Point Produce Market in New York City, the world’s largest produce market. After a year of planning, Sharing Excess officially opened its recovery center, significantly expanding its capacity.
The newly established recovery center in Hunts Point marked its beginning with the largest distribution in New York City. The Anne Hutchinson School in the Bronx received the first shipment, and the event drew immense community support.
Beast Philanthropy, in collaboration with Sharing Excess, surpassed their initial goal of feeding 400,000 meals in the first year. Currently, they distribute over 2 million meals monthly, showcasing the impactful results of their partnership.
Evan envisions taking the impact of Sharing Excess worldwide, making food rescue a common practice. With the support of organizations like Beast Philanthropy, the goal is to extend their influence beyond borders and make a difference on a global scale.
The collaboration between Beast Philanthropy and Sharing Excess stands as a testament to the transformative power of grassroots initiatives and philanthropic support. As they continue their mission to combat food waste and hunger, their story serves as inspiration for individuals and organizations worldwide to make a positive impact in their communities.
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