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NEST Café becomes a member of the Food Rescue Partnership

To become a member of the food security group, a business or organization must regularly donate food to local hunger relief agencies.

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. — Editor’s Note: The above video is from April 14th.

A Rock Island business is recognized by the Food Rescue Partnership for its work in food donation, waste prevention and hunger relief.

NEST (Nourish Everyone Sustainably Together) cafe on Rock Island has become a member of the Food Rescue Partnership for its unique pay-as-you-go business model, locally sourced food, pet food and composting.

NEST Café, which opened its permanent location earlier this year, works by offering meals for a range of donations, from the suggested amount of a normal meal price, change or even volunteer time to work at the café if your pockets are empty. The arrangement is especially important for people who are food insecure and for people with more money and time to help help people eat.

The Food Rescue Partnership is a Quad Cities community coalition dedicated to fighting hunger and reducing food waste by working with establishments to get food to the landfill and get it to the tables of those in need or to composting. The coalition recognizes partners by making them a member of the organization.

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To become a FRP member, a business or organization must regularly donate food to local non-profit hunger relief organizations, sharing the partnership’s goal of reducing food waste.

“We are proud to showcase the efforts of Quad City residents committed to providing much-needed food to the food insecure in our community – a startling 8.9% in Scott County and 10. 9% in Rock Island County,” Christina McDonough, chair of the board of the Food Rescue Partnership, said in a press release. “Donating excess food is a double win, it feeds the hungry and helps reduce the amount of food waste going to landfill.”

To apply for the membership program or learn how to get started in food rescue, you can visit the Food Rescue Partnership website.

Richard Dement

The author Richard Dement