Waste Hunger, Not Food
Waste Hunger Not Food takes edible, surplus food from restaurants, schools and markets that otherwise may be wasted and distributes it to those in need. Every day, 116,000 people in Kern County do not know where their next meal is coming from. Forty percent of all food produced in America is wasted, and wasted food consumes 21% of all freshwater, 18% of all cropland, and 21% of all landfill volume.
Lead by Kern County Department of Public Health Services, WASTE HUNGER NOT FOOD KERN COUNTY rescues surplus, edible food from restaurants, schools, and markets that might otherwise have been wasted and distributes it to those in need.
Grant funding from CalRecycle and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals allows Kern County Public Health to oversee and coordinate the transport of donated surplus food from local restaurants, schools, and markets to local distribution sites where the food will be made available to local residents in need. Participants in Kern County Homeless Shelter’s job development program drive the refrigerated vehicles transporting the surplus food from donating food facilities and deliver it to Kern County donation sites. As food safety is of utmost importance, each driver is trained by the Kern County Environmental Health Division on proper food handling and transport.
Since the launch of it’s pilot program in September 2018, Canyon Hills has hosted two of the weekly food distribution sites and worked closely with the County to develop the program in our community.
Each month, many seniors with a meager income are forced to decide which necessities to pay for; rent, prescriptions, food, etc. Many seniors struggle to make ends meet and are unable to afford nutritious meals. Senior Sack partners with local food banks to receive bulk food deliveries that seniors can come and receive free of charge twice a month. They also provide a warm cup of coffee and conversation for many who struggle with loneliness. Senior Sack operates out of Florence Gardens, our beautiful independent senior living facility right on the Canyon Hills campus in Bakersfield.
Revive ministers to individuals and families in central Bakersfield that are facing challenges including addiction and homelessness. Revive is a loving and welcoming community of believers, empowering one another to grow in Biblical knowledge and freedom through Christ. We focus to elevate and encourage the lost and broken in our community, leading the way to a new identity in Christ.
Revive serves a meal to those who attend the service each week. We also partner with Golden Empire Gleaners to provide groceries for families who are in need. If you or someone you know is in need of groceries, call the church office Tuesday – Friday for assistance.
The Revive service is every Saturday at 1:00 PM at 1326 30th Street.