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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -
A new program is keeping food out of the dumpster and onto the plates of people in need in Toledo.
In late February Promedica launched its ‘Come to the Table' program. It hires a couple of part-time employees to pack food. The food is prepared but not served at Hollywood Casino Toledo which is then picked up by the Toledo Seagate Foodbank . That food is then delivered to the Cherry Street Mission.
Rick Hennessey lives at and works for the mission at its kitchen, and says the program is a true life saver. "The quality, the quantity of food, we always have something here. Nobody goes hungry here thanks to the casino" said Hennessey.
Lisa Banks is VP of Stabilization Services for Cherry Street Mission. She said, "The one nice thing about the food reclamation program it's allowing us the opportunity to serve more people with different types of food."
Brian Hein, Executive Chef for Hollywood Casino Toledo, says they're averaging between 100-120 pounds per day which isn't going to waste. "We're proud of it. We can say we're doing something to help every single day" said Hein.
For Rick Hennessey he's hoping to transition from being homeless to having a stable living situation. In the meantime, he appreciates the effort to help him and others. "I don't know what I'd do without it. I know when I wake up every day there's going to be something here for me to eat" said Hennessey.
So far the program has kept more than 13,000 pounds of food out of the dumpster and onto someone's plate.