Two of Austin’s Food Recovery Heroes

Jan 12th, 2018 | By | Category: guest bio

 

Food Recovery for the People

Food recovery is growing throughout the country and in Central Texas. Many organizations and individuals are  involved in this activity that ensures good, edible food that might otherwise end up in the landfill, ends up in the hands of people who need it. Here are two people who work tirelessly to make this happen.

Dan Gillotte

Wheatsville’s Dan Gillotte

Dan Gillotte
Originally from Danbury, Connecticut, Dan Gillotte’s move to Portland to attend the Maine College of Art pushed him in the direction of the grocery business. Dan has always worked in service industry and has always been interesting in serving customers. Shortly after graduating, he began working at the local co-op, Good Day Market for four years before making the move to Austin in 1998.Dan’s prior experience with planning and relocating a co-op in Portland was a great asset during the expansion of Wheatsville in 2013. In recognition of his efforts by the in-house staff, Dan was honored with two Wheaties Awards for “Most Likely to Transform Society.” He is active in various organizations, founding the Austin Independent Business Alliance, and serves on the National Cooperative Grocers Board Network. When taking a break from his ongoing efforts to maintain Wheatsville as the friendliest store, Dan enjoys playing in his undead marching band, Dead Music Capital Band as well as enjoying vegan restaurants around Austin.

 

Allen Schroeder

Food recovery expert, Allen Schroeder. Photo Credit Raquel Dadomo

Allen Schroeder
Allen Schroeder calls himself a Food Recovery Coordinator and that is a great way to describe the wonderful work that he has been doing for over seven years. He takes leftover food from places like Wheatsville Food Co-op (both locations) to places like the Blackland Community Center or the South Austin Neighborhood Center. Schroder is driven by a deep passion for better use of our food and an overarching vision of a more sustainable and resilient community: “How fair is it that we, the more fortunate ones, get to grow food and shop for all the great food we want. And we waste 40% of it, while others can barely make it.” Allen makes several trips each week to pick up, move, and distribute food in the Austin area himself. He also coordinates with other great Austin organizations that do similar food recovery work to place otherwise unused health food with people who may not have enough. Bread for the Journey is pleased to have granted $1,000 to Allen for supplies that will make continued food recovery in Austin possible.

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