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Recently we enthusiastically teamed up with We Don't Waste, a local non-profit that recovers food for the hungry from food businesses.   Being mindful of our Certifiably Green catering status and setting the standard in green habits, it was only natural to partner with We Don't Waste. We wanted to delve deeper into this next major green issue and learn more about this marvelous organization.  

We asked executive director of We Don't Waste, Arlan Preblud to shed a little more light on why wasting food is a big deal:



Q: How does We Don't Waste operate?


A: We are not a food bank, but rather, we source restaurant-quality food and fresh produce donated by generous members of the food service industry and deliver it to over 50 nonprofit organization in our community, including homeless shelters, food pantries, women's shelters, and day programs. These organizations report that our services allow them to shift 10-15% of money budgeted for food to other important services for their clients. Additionally, by sourcing food that would otherwise be thrown away, We Don't Waste is preventing hundreds of tons of food from going to waste in the landfills.



Q: How did you start this progressive and wonderful non-profit idea?


A: The genesis of We Don't Waste was my observation that a lot of un-served food remained at the end of professional sports games and other catered events. When I asked what happened with the food, a caterer responded, "It's destined for a landfill."  With thousands of people in our community going hungry every day, it didn't make sense that this nutritious food was being wasted. A community survey of nonprofit agencies confirmed they were experiencing reduced funding for food to nourish clients at the same time that demand for services was growing because of the economic downturn.

Conversations with catering companies and other food-service providers elicited a willingness to make un-served food available to feed the hungry. What was missing was a means of collecting the food and delivering it to organizations that feed the hungry. WDW was founded to bridge that gap.

In three years, WDW has recovered and saved over 800 tons from landfills and delivered donated food valued at over $2.7 million, resulting in the distribution of over 3.5 million servings of nutritious food to clients of more than 50 partner nonprofit organizations, such as homeless shelters, that collectively feed over 5,000 individuals on a daily basis.  


Q: Do you have a story that touched you when helping the hungry?


A: I once delivered pans of spanakopita to a senior center, whose cook was from Guatemala, spoke little English and I speak little Spanish. She had no idea of the product and asked me to explain. I thought long and finally said, Empanadas.  Every time thereafter she wanted more spanakopita as her clients had never experienced that quality of food.



Q: How does working with a company like Serendipity Catering help 

the program?


A: Working with Serendipity allows We Don't Waste to increase the amount of food distributed; reduces the amount of waste generated by Serendipity and results in less methane gas being emitted from the landfill, while allowing our recipient agencies to save 10 to 15 percent annually on their food budgets. 


Q: Any ideas on how individuals can help the hungry?  


A: Constantly monitoring the amount of food purchased as against how must food is consumed.  Promote food security by introducing friends and family the incredible amount of food that is wasted in this country-upwards of 40% annually.

Did You Know? 

Fun Facts About October  

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The Anglo-Saxons called October Winterfylleth meaning the 

'fullness' of winter.



The month of October is not mentioned at all in any of William Shakespeare's plays.     

On October 5, 1947, the first presidential telecast address from the White House was made by Harry S. Truman.

October is National Pizza Month, National Chili Month, National Cookie Month, and National Dessert Month!

The Hunt For Red October is the only film with October in its title to win an Oscar. 
There is still lots to do in Colorado in
the fall!  Check out any of these great events!  

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 Holiday Planning!


It is time to lock in your plans for the fall and winter holidays.

The holiday season books up fast!  Get on the calendar now for:
Holiday Events  
New Years,
and more! 


Serendipity can help with venue selection, menu planning, entertainment, flowers -- down to the last festive detail.

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The New
BIG Green Issue:
Food Waste 

Food Waste


Serendipity Catering actively stays on top of eco-friendly advances.  Right now, the biggest topic of discussion, after recycling and composting waste, is prevention of waste in the first place.   A few facts and ideas to help us all reduce our carbon footprints even further by helping to reduce food waste. 

Start with some knowledge about the food waste issue: 


Businesses can consider signing up with EPA's new Food Recovery Program, like Serendipity did! 
In next week's Serendipity blog we will interview Virginia Till, Recycling Specialist for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on this educational and effective program!  
Leftovers do not have to be boring!     

Salmon Chowder

Store food properly:

Host a virtual food drive- an extra bonus to help hungry Coloradans too.

Go through your pantry monthly and donate what you have not used.
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It is the beginning of October which gives us some time to prepare for the most chilling holiday of the year.  Start the month off with any of these Halloween decorations, and make your Halloween the spookiest of all
(and look for our next Halloween edition newsletter!)

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" Thank you for the excellent experience with Serendipity. 
The food was excellent.  A great variety of unique and appetizing flavors.  

The presentation was beautiful - it made the food more appealing and also brightened up the room. 
Also, thank you for leaving a vase of flowers.

The service was extraordinary - everyone was prompt, very friendly and helpful, and thorough."
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