Matt Delaney is very interested in reducing or eliminating food waste wherever possible and therefore was willing to commit the time needed to gather leftovers from the service line at the end of each lunch service, put them in ziplock bags, and transfer them to their freezer for a Friday pickup.
A member of the Wellesley Green Schools Committee, Wendy Beck von Peccoz, volunteered to pick up the food at the end of each week and deliver it to the Wellesley Food Pantry. It is received by Cynthia Scott, the Director of the Food Pantry. The items delivered to the pantry typically include vegetables, entree meats, and prepared items such as calzones and pizza. Any fresh items that cannot be frozen or kept until the Food Pantry opens on the following Tuesday, are offered to town departments such as, The Fire Department, the Trash and Recycling Dept. and the Parks and Highway department where the sandwiches, salads, and yogurt parfaits have been most welcome at the end of the day.
Wellesley High School plans to implement a similar system in the coming months in order to further reduce the town’s food waste while helping great causes.