Acts of Kindness

Power outage hits town, then meal delivery service donates nearly 100 meals to homeless shelters

November 7th, 2019

Anyone who has been through a lengthy power cut knows that their frozen food will spoil. Well, this company has ensured that needy people are able to enjoy this food.

Even in the 21st century, power cuts still happen. And when a power cut hits, it’s only a matter of time until all the food in the freezer thaws and goes to waste.

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If only there were a way for others to use up this wasted food. It turns out that there is.

In October 2019, a power outage hit a few towns near East Bay, California.

The residents of these towns waited patiently for the power to come back on, but it was taking a while.

Eventually, the people realized that the food in their freezers would not be fit for purpose. But before they threw it out, a company intervened.

My Sustainable Table’s company owner, Sharon Girdlestone, went from door to door, asking to take away any unwanted thawing food.

When she had gathered up a huge amount of vegetables and meats, she took them back to her company’s kitchen and started cooking.

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In no time at all, Girdlestone and some volunteers had cooked turkey casseroles, sausage pizzas and many other delicious meals.

The final step was to deliver almost 100 huge meals to the homeless shelters in the region.

In fact, there was enough food salvaged to feed the local homeless population for two whole weeks.

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The people whom Girldlestone helped were incredibly grateful. Homeless people in the region have been struggling even more lately, as the fires have hit this community especially hard.

“I wish we could do it on a bigger scale, but for now I’m concentrating on the homeless who are breathing in all this nasty smoke.” – Sharon Girdlestone.

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It’s important to note that My Sustainable Table is not a charity. It’s a for-profit company that offers its customers the highest quality food. But Girldlestone is able to see beyond merely making a profit. She often conducts activities, like collecting thawing frozen food, that help struggling people.

Two years before this power outage, a similar event occurred. And when that happened, Girdlestone was there to help others.

That time, she was able to make 500 meals.

But these two charitable actions that Girdlestone has conducted will not be her last. She’s sure to look out for those who need her support for years to come.

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Everyone can learn from what Girdlestone is doing.

Perhaps you don’t have the time to cook up hundreds of meals for the homeless, but there are definitely places that will accept your unwanted food.

If everyone acted a little more like Girdlestone, then the people who really needed help in the world would not be struggling.

They’d be getting assistance from a supportive community, allowing them to get back on their feet.

And hunger is a real problem in the USA.

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In fact, in 2017 there were 15 million households comprising 40 million people in America who were struggling to feed themselves. The states with the highest levels of food insecurity are Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, New Mexico, Arkansas, Kentucky, Maine and Oklahoma. Between 19% to 15% of the populations of these states do not know if they will be able to eat regularly.

Hopefully, more people in the future will act like Girdlestone and do whatever they can to ensure that people are well fed.

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Source: KCBS Radio