Food Rescue 'Cultivate' expands with additional donors

Jan 3, 2018


Jim Conklin (right) helps a volunteer package food for a rescue at Notre Dame in September.
Credit Jennifer Weingart

After a successful football season rescuing food from Notre Dame, non-profit Cultivate is rescuing food from basketball and hockey games as well.

Cultivate rescued more than 7 thousand pounds of unused food after Notre Dame football games this fall. Now they’re rescuing food after hockey and basketball games.

Cultivate partners with food banks and shelters around South Bend. The food is either donated directly or repackaged as meals and given to those in need.

Cultivate president Jim Conklin said they have also been expanding thanks to other donors.

“It’s a matter of just taking the time and going out and just asking people what they’re doing with their food waste and if they would like to donate that instead of throwing it away, I think most people are willing to do that.”

Cultivate rescues food from the Century Center, Nelson’s, Fresh Thyme grocery store, and Rise and Roll Bakery in addition to Notre Dame.

Conklin said they are planning to continue their slow expansion. He says their biggest challenge is matching donated food with places that need it.