There aren’t many things that will get a college student out of bed at 8am any day of the week. Yet Boston University Community Service Center has committed groups of volunteers that participate in their food runs at all hours of the day, 5 days a week. Letting 15-passenger vans loose on the city of Boston, they rescue perfect food that would normally be headed to the landfill. Local businesses such as Clear Flour Bread,Lyndell’s Bakery,Whole Foods,Starbucks,the GSU,Au Bon Painand many more donate delicious items that although not sold in the stores are perfectly fine to consume. They just need someone to get these products from the production site to local food kitchens, women’s shelters and foodbanks. That’s where SFR comes in. With a set route in place and a two hour window of time, these volunteers navigate one-way streets, winding roads, and (in)famous Boston Traffic to get the job done. Here’s a day in the life ofStudent Food Rescue:
7:50 am:Erin picks up the keys from the CSC office.
8:00 am:We all meet up in the Fuller parking lot and slam the doors shut on“Old Red”.
8:07 am:Sharrod takes the U-turn in front of Warren Towers, swerving around a herd of freshmenbbm-ing while illegally crossing the street.
8:15 am:All the way up Comm Ave to Washington Street, we get into theWhole Foodsparking lot and pull up at the Loading Dock. Admire a huge pile of freshly delivered pumpkins, and get to work boxing up the donations.
8:20 am:5 boxes of lightly dented packages of everything from brown rice & coconut water to organic fruit snacks & applesauce get shoved into the back seatscause I love you, just the way you are.
8:30am:Barreling down Verndale Street, we wait on aTraffic Jamat Harvard Ave.