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Food Salvage Program to broaden effort

MIT Hunger Action Group recently initiated a Food Salvage Program and has established it on campus with the cooperation of ARA Food Service. Details of the program were covered in an article The Tech ["Program redistributes ARA food to CASPAR," April 26]. It is our intention here to clarify some points made in that article.

The Food Salvage Program aims to redistribute excess cafeteria food to local shelters and food pantries. CASPAR is not the only shelter to which we intend to donate the food. It was chosen as the first recipient because of its proximity.

It is located at Albany Street, on MIT property. Also, CASPAR's size is just right for the amount of food we have been picking up from the Faculty Club. Our plan is to expand the program over the next two semesters to pick

up food from all campus dining halls.

This summer we will be working at Lobdell in addition to the Faculty Club. As the program expands, we will be working with other shelters in the Cambridge and Boston area.

The article also did not make clear the fact that the food is dropped off immediately after it is picked up from ARA. Both Hunger Action Group and ARA are very concerned about the freshness of the food and take every precaution to maintain its quality.

As is obvious, the Food Salvage Program depends heavily on volunteers from the MIT community. At this point (as will be the case throughout the summer) the program runs with volunteers' cars.

By next year, however, we intend to obtain permanent transportation. With support from

the MIT community we hope to make the Food Salvage Program a success.

David Carroll '91->

Mursaleena Islam '92->

Geetha Krishnan '93->

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