A Day in the Life of an SFR Food Runner

By Amanda Brancato

Ever wonder how a food run with Student Food Rescue works? Here’s what the Sunday 11am to 1pm food runners experience each week!

10:45 a.m. Velma, the 12-passenger white van, sits patiently in her parking spot. She’s waiting for the five Boston University students to begin their Sunday SFR food run.

 

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Luke Daly (CAS ’19) & Ben Cerrato (SAR ’18)

 

11:00 a.m. Velma’s up n’ runnin’. The students are Cambridge-bound to collect extra produce, packaged goods, and non-perishables donated from Whole Foods Market. On the drive, the passengers sing Christmas carols and direct the driver where to go. Laughter, jokes, and horrendous singing fill the van. Five strangers or five best friends?

11:30 a.m. They’ve arrived at Whole Foods and are greeted by a staff member. Two volunteers, Luke Daly (CAS ‘19) and Ben Cerrato (SAR ‘18) pass boxes to the other members. An assembly line is formed and the group gets to work. Gary Prendiville (CGS ‘16, COM ‘19) and Amanda Brancato (CGS’16, COM ‘19) take the boxes of donated food and pass them to Megan Connor (SED ‘18), who organizes the boxes in back of the van. The amount of food collected varies each week, but this particular group can expect to load over 25 boxes in Velma!

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Megan Connor (SED ’18)

12:00 p.m. The group is en route to its Community Partner, and the Christmas music has resumed. Jingle bell, jingle bell, jingle bell-rock… 

12:30 p.m. The group has arrived at the Community Partner receiving the food. Together, they unload the van. Velma can finally breathe again, phew

Interested in doing a food run? Contact Taylor Whiteman and Tiffany Guan at sfr@bu.edu. Be sure to attend our panel discussion on Where Food Insecurity and Homelessness Intersect!  

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