How can people participate in the Goodr movement?
People always look to give to these really big names, but there’s a lot of people [with] grassroots like myself that are really doing the work that will never get the same amount of support as like Feeding America, No Kid Hungry, Save the Children. We’re really deeply rooted in communities. We are probably the only food source that allows families to choose which meats they like. We have Beyond Meat if they’re vegan or vegetarian. We have six meat selections, including shrimp, salmon, chicken, ribs, ground beef and ground turkey. We provide every family with anywhere from 10 to 20 pounds of fresh produce, and we do this [for] free every single day.
I have a team of about 45 people. I pay all of my employees $15 an hour. I said that they can provide a fair living wage to their families. We just don’t get the same support, so if anyone wants to help us we provide families a box of food that lasts for about 10 to 14 days. It costs us about $80, and that’s delivery included, or those families can pick up in our drive-thru. We’re really looking just for support any way that we can get it.
What advice do you have to hold the restaurant industry accountable for food waste?
We waste about 240 pounds of food per year, every single one of us, subconsciously. The biggest thing I can tell you guys to do is what I did when I was reaching out to restaurants. I would say to those restaurants, “Why don’t you guys donate your surplus food? You know people are hungry.”