Local organization collects leftovers for hungry Arizonans

- They're not a food bank, but they feed thousands of hungry Arizonans every day.

The 'Waste Not' organization collects leftover food from local restaurants and catering companies and turns it over to local organizations that help feed the hungry.

This is a daily trip for David Keiser with the organization, Waste Not.

“We start at 6:30 and we finish at 2:30 this morning,” says Keiser. 

Stopping by all the valley LongHorn Steakhouse locations, as well as other valley restaurants and cafes...

“We have five trucks that go out and pick up an excess of seven to nine thousand pounds of food daily that would normally be thrown in the trash,” Keiser says. 

Each day they pick up food that wasn't served at the many LongHorn locations...

“We donate as much as we can,” says Tony Jackson with LongHorn Steakhouse. “Fish, beef, vegetables…and any types of products we have ordered too much of for promotions.

“We pick up from five different LongHorns -- 40 thousand pounds -- one pound 40 thousand people a year,” Keiser explains. 

“So here are some of the donations we're giving to Waste Not today…”

After the food gets picked up, they then deliver it to deserving agencies.

“We have numerous agencies, Boys and Girls club, churches… it runs the gamut,” says Keiser.

“The giving back to the community instead of just wasting the product is so much better and again it's a great feeling for us and our team members,” Jackson says.

Giving back to the community one truck-load of food at a time.

Online: www.wastenotaz.org

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