Grant #166

Daily Table

November 9, 2015

A health care initiative, disguised as a grocery store.

Did you know one in six Americans go hungry every day, and that 40% of the food produced in the U.S. ends up either in dumpsters behind supermarkets, in trash bags in our homes, or tilled back into the soil of farms? And it’s perfectly edible! Pretty senseless, right?

Our 166th grantee, Daily Table, came up with a solution that simultaneously addresses food insecurity, nutritional health, and wasted food. Founded on June 4, 2015 by Doug Rauch, former president of Trader Joe’s, this not-for-profit grocery store in Dorchester, Massachusetts relies on manufacturers, growers, and supermarkets to donate their perfectly edible, excess food as a primary source of its food supply. Daily Table sells fresh produce and groceries, as well as prepared meals that are cooked on-site in a professional kitchen every day for customers to grab and go. Plus, they keep the prices so low that they are comparable to traditional fast food alternatives in the neighborhood, resulting in more nutritious, wholesome diets. The hope is to expand to other sites in Boston and other U.S. cities.

Our AWB grant will help Daily Table purchase four “diamond deck u-boats” to move inventory around the store, from trucks to walk-in refrigerators and out to the floor for sale. In addition, they will use the funds to purchase a second (laptop) computer for their office to supplement the administrative needs of the Daily Table operation.

Interested in learning more? Visit Daily Food’s website (here), and connect with them on Facebook, and Instagram.

Category: Community, Food, Health



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