Last year, as we phased out our vegetarian product (Ample X) and started up Ample V, we faced the issue of food waste for the first time.
We're not able to resell Ample that fails to deliver and returns to us unopened - nor can we sell Ample too close to the end of its shelf life, even though it's perfectly good and safe to eat.
As a startup, this was not only a dilemma but a lesson in how much growth we have ahead of us to become more sustainable and prevent waste.
So we donated all our remaining meals to a shelter in NYC.
We didn’t hear back for quite a while, and then we received this note and photos:
We’re so appreciative of the product you donated to our organization over the summer. The drinks were a hit and our tenants continue to ask for them even though we don’t have any left. One of our tenants stated that he hadn’t felt that strong since before his HIV diagnosis in the early 1990s and that he’s inspired that feeling better is actually possible. His doctor told him his counts look impressive and to ‘keep doing what you’re doing’. I think we all know that real food is the best medicine! He asks me weekly for more Ample.
Tara A. Mardigan, MS, MPH, RD, LDN
Odyssey House NYC
It was so heartwarming to hear this story, and we thought you might like to read it too.
Although our mission is to simplify eating well, it’s important to us that we grow to make a positive impact on the environment and communities we’re part of as well. We have lots of work to do.
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