Volunteer with Bread Salvage

Boy with bread

Chloe Holden ’15co-coordinator of a group under the Housing & Hunger program called Bread Salvage, is looking for new volunteers.

To help keep Bread Salvage going, we need volunteers to help out once a week for just an hour and a half – either the Monday run from 1-2:30 p.m., or the Thursday run from 10:30 a.m. to noon. It’s straightforward, fun, and a great fit if you love bread, kids, social justice, world peace, and free donuts.

The Story Behind Bread Salvage

Last school year, a local mom began bringing carloads of unsold bread from a nearby bakery to two Middletown elementary schools. Food insecurity is common in the neighborhoods around our campus – nearly a third of Middletown families do not always have enough to eat, according to a recent Wesleyan survey –  and the weekly delivery was appreciated by many families.

The mother who started with the bread deliveries wanted them to continue this year, but could not keep up with the schedule on her own. Last semester, Wesleyan’s Housing and Hunger group became involved, and Bread Salvage started up at Wes. Volunteers began bringing the surplus bread to MacDonough and Snow Schools twice a week, where students and their families would stop by after school to take home a few loaves. Deliveries will continue this semester, and we hope to expand the program. To make it happen, though, Bread Salvage needs more volunteers!

Volunteering with Bread Salvage

Although everyone is welcome and needed, we are especially looking for volunteers who are able to drive. If you are over 20 years old, you are allowed to drive an Office of Community Service Van, or if you are under 20 but have access to a car, Bread Salvage needs you!

If you are interested in getting on the listserv or in volunteering this semester, please e-mail coordinators Chloe Holden (ceholden[at]wes) or James Hall ’15 (jthall[at]wes).