Harvest Program

Each year 30-40% of all food is wasted yet 1 in 9 people suffer from chronic hunger.  MASS collaborates with local organizations to pick up unused food donated from restaurants and other businesses to distribute to those in need.  As participants in the Harvest program, we distribute this surplus food to:

  • The local homeless
  • Participants in our condom distribution program
  • Participates in our CHARLI program

Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Resources and Links for Inmates (CHARLI)

CHARLI is a housing program for those living with HIV/AIDS as they transition from prison.  Clients are housed for up to 18 months in one of three houses we partner with.

How the Program Works

  • Food donations are checked to ensure quality and safety standards are met
  • Restaurants store their unsold, surplus food in approved containers
  • Weekly pickups are coordinated by food banks within 10 miles of the restaurant
  • The local community is fed, providing an immediate, positive impact

History of the Program

The Harvest program was the first to distribute unused restaurant food to the needy.  Over 20 years ago, Bill Reighard founded the Food Donation Connection (FDC) after leaving his executive position at Pizza Hut/PepsiCo.  With Pizza Hut as his first client, Reighard put into place a program that has provided over 500 million pounds of quality prepared food from food service providers across the world.

The Harvest program donates more than 7 million pounds of surplus restaurant food annually

Environmental Sustainability

The Harvest program helps create a healthy environment by reducing harmful methane gas emissions.  When disposed of in landfills, food releases this potent greenhouse gas as it breaks down. It is estimated that the program has diverted over 2 million metric tons of methane from landfills.