Remember the BullBucks Drive? Either a short, stocky, Spanish man or a skinny, scruffy man came up to you explaining how Food Recovery is attempting to help feed those in need using student’s leftover Reef money. Food Recovery is a student-run organization that works towards recovering food that hasn’t been used at the Reef. Every Monday and Wednesday, Food Recovery meets at 8:45 p.m. in the Reef kitchen to transfer the leftover food that would have been thrown away to a nearby homeless shelter.
As of right now, Food Recovery is looking for more students to help expand their operation to help save more food. The drive lasted one week, from Dec. 4 to Dec. 15. The Reef agreed to create a new account to hold all the funds for the drive. Students donated by requesting that the cashier transfer money from their own account to the BullBucks Drive.
Overall, the University of South Florida St. Petersburg student body donated $29,000 worth of food to Community Action Stops Abuse (CASA) and the St. Petersburg Free Clinic. CASA is a domestic violence center that offers community support groups, provides courtroom advocacy, assists the Child Protective Investigative team and conducts community and corporate training. St. Petersburg Free Clinic is a multi-service, independent, not-for-profit human services agency providing the community neighbors assistance with food, shelter and healthcare. Both organizations came to the school on Dec. 13 to claim the food. Student volunteers, organization workers, and reef staff worked to move almost 2,000 pounds of food into the back of the moving trucks.
Courtesy of generous students, Food Recovery was able to help those who really needed it. Food Recovery is hoping to double their numbers in the spring semester.
To contact Food Recovery, email Byron Baugh at firstname.lastname@example.org