Where does the food go?
The water main break on Thursday, September 8 sent students and faculty scrambling to leave Priory before lunch. With everyone gone by 11 a.m., what happened to the delicious meal already prepared by our kitchen staff? Did we really throw away hundreds of patty melt sandwiches and side dishes?
All the food not eaten by remaining faculty, staff and monks that day was donated to Feed My Peeps, which serves as a donated-food broker of sorts for local shelters and food pantries. In fact, viable leftover food is never throw away. Kurt Sliefert, our dining hall supervisor and chef extraordinaire, is a good steward of Priory’s food program. “Whatever we can’t reuse in a soup or, say, a chicken salad, gets donated to Feed My Peeps. Nothing has ever gone to waste,” he said.
Feed My Peeps is a faith-based organization that picks up fresh food from private schools, restaurants, caterers, markets and local farmers. The program, which started in 2014, distributes the food to numerous small, worthy groups, including families with limited resources, soup kitchens, at-risk teens, foster families, a special needs group home, and homeless friends.
When Priory has leftovers that must be consumed quickly, Kurt calls Feed My Peeps. The organization's mission is Loving God, Moving Food and Feeding People.
For more information about Feed My Peeps, visit http://feedmypeeps.org/