A North Dakota university is stepping up to the fight against hunger.
The University of Jamestown and its food service company Aramark have decided to participate in a program to make sure uneaten food goes to the hungry- and not to the trash can.
Experts say one in six North Dakotans don't know where their next meal will come from. The statistic is one in 15 for Jamestown.
The Daily Bread program started when a Jamestown chaplain saw good food going to waste- so he took a verse from the good book of Pope Francis.
"He said, whenever food is thrown away, it is taken out of the mouths of the poor," says Deacon Tom Geffre, chaplain of the Jamestown long-term care facility Ave Maria Village.
So the program started with left-over food from Ave Maria being packaged and frozen for staff. Now after three years, the Daily Bread program is gaining traction with three
contributors, including the new addition of the University of Jamestown cafeteria. Left-over food will be saved and frozen.
Once the Daily Bread program picks up the frozen meals, they're brought to one of four distributors, like at the Salvation Army.
"It's already prepared, packaged up food and all the client has to do is put it in the microwave and they have a good, nutritious meal," says Lt. Mitch Brecto.
He says North Dakota growing pains like driving to medical facilities and rising costs of housing leaves less money left over for the grocery bill and more families seeking their help.
"Throughout the years we've seen it even get greater. In a month we distribute over 10,000 pounds of food," he says.
For them, another contributor means more help.
"The clients will be blessed by what they'll be receiving and instead of going to the waste, it will be going to a worthy area of need," he says.
If you know a licensed kitchen in the Jamestown area who would like to help, the Daily Bread program is always looking for contributors.