Cultivate photo, Matt Cashore:University of Notre Dame

Cultivate Food Rescue provides backpacks with frozen meals that are sent home with children to make sure they eat over the weekend.

SOUTH BEND — A local nonprofit that combats food waste and insecurity announced it has recovered 1 million pounds of food since its founding in 2017.

Cultivate Food Rescue recovers excess, never-served food from local partners such as catering companies, restaurants, universities and schools to provide meals to students at local schools. Cultivate chefs, with the help of volunteers, create healthy frozen meals that are distributed in backpacks through schools in Elkhart, St. Joseph and Marshall counties. Among school corporations working with Cultivate are Elkhart Community Schools and Wa-Nee Community Schools.

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