MIAMI (CBSMiami) – After the Superbowl in Miami, 45,000 pounds of unused, leftover food was collected and distributed. This week, more than 100 volunteers lost 90,000 pounds of leftovers from the Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix.
Having all this leftover food not go to landfill helps not only the environment but also nonprofit organizations in various locations.
CBS 4 tracked the food to the Miami Rescue Mission, where it ended up on someone’s plate.
“There is good food here. It is very healthy,” says Richard Segarra. Segarra was one of the residents and he paid tribute to all the chefs who helped prepare the dish from scratch.
“I know Brian Pollock and I yelled at him what he was doing in the kitchen because he was so amazing there,” Segarra said.
And a plate of missionary food is sometimes more than a meal, it’s a little healing for the soul. “I was a kid in trouble out there,” explained Segarra.
Segarra has entered an 18-month transition program that is coming to an end on Saturday. He will join 40 others at the Mission with a small ceremony to complete. So, as luck would have it, leftovers from the Miami Formula 1 Grand Prix have arrived just in time to help with the graduation dinner. In fact, it has been used in hundreds of meals.
“We had more than eight different trucks coming and going. 125 volunteers,” said Ellen Bowen, Food Rescue US South Florida Regional Director. The team helped collect 90,000 pounds of food and bring it to the mission.
The surplus includes fruit, vegetables, frozen meats and sweets, all untouched.
Chef Ivor Wilson has been of great help, who has seen his purchasing power drop due to inflation.
“I have an order for $3,000, it was just like one pallet, a while ago it was like three pallets,” explains Wilson.
Also, the donation has saved money. Wilson told CBS 4: “We usually buy around $3,000 a week for groceries, but this week our purchases are down to $1,200.
The Food Relief Foundation isn’t sure if next year will have much of a surplus, but they plan to save whatever they can. Meanwhile, this year, some of the remaining donations will help sweeten the mission’s ceremony.
“I am very happy and looking forward to graduation,” added Segarra.