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Student Food Rescue trucks through summer

Each year for the past several years, about 70 volunteers from BU’s Student Food Rescue have collected almost 150,000 pounds of food from local restaurants, supermarkets, bakeries, coffee shops, and grocery surplus facilities and handed it over to Boston’s most vulnerable citizens.

The Student Food Rescue, which operates 17 food runs a week, is one of the more popular programs organized by the Boston University Community Service Center. It was recognized last summer by the National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness as the most successful and consistent food salvage program in the country.  The students collect food that is safe to eat but approaching its expiration date and will be thrown away unless volunteers can quickly ship it to places such as the Allston-Brighton Food Pantry, the Boston Rescue Mission, and the homeless shelter Rosie’s Place. BU Today rode with three students on a recent summer run that brought 600 pounds of food from Fair Foods — a grocery surplus facility in Dorchester — to subsidized housing for the elderly in the Stearns building at Downtown Crossing.