“Food is love,” says FoodBlessed co-founder Terro.
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In Lebanon, a country where just under 30 percent of the population lives under the poverty line – a third of whom exist in extreme poverty – nearly 30 percent of all edible food is wasted. FoodBlessed, a local NGO, aims to provide a sustainable solution to the twin problems of food poverty and food waste. The NGO operates two soup kitchens in Beirut, serving 400 meals a week with the help of up to 100 volunteers – otherwise named "Hunger Heroes".Over the past five years, Terro's organization has fed more than 250,000 people, serving more than 280,000 FoodBlessed meals and distributing over 2,000 food assistance packages, and has rescued hundreds of tons of food – all with the help of over 1,000 volunteers.To bridge the gap between food donors and food recipients, the local, community-based and volunteer-driven organization works with partners to recover surplus food from events, and organizes fundraisers to collect surplus food (both perishable and nonperishable), which is then distributed to local nonprofit partners.
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