Emory University Hospital’s Asbury Café is Fighting Food Waste with Second Helpings

Second Helpings Atlanta logoThe Food and Nutrition Services team at Emory University Hospital’s Asbury Café diligently works behind the scenes after the daily breakfast rush to package and freeze leftover food items. All this extra work is for a good cause. Unused pans of high-protein items, such as eggs, bacon and sausage, are donated to Second Helpings Atlanta, a nonprofit food rescue organization whose mission is to reduce hunger and food waste in metro Atlanta.

Every Thursday, volunteers from Second Helpings Atlanta pick up pounds of frozen breakfast leftovers from Asbury Café and deliver the food to the Good Samaritan Health Center, which serves hot meals to the homeless. “We have been partnering with Second Helpings Atlanta for almost two years now,” says Emory University Hospital Executive Chef Mike Bacha. “On average, we donate 300 pounds of breakfast leftovers per month to Second Helpings.”

In 2018, Asbury Café donated 2,755 pounds of rescued food items to Second Helpings Atlanta. Through these donations, Second Helpings Atlanta was able to stream valuable food into the metro Atlanta community to feed individuals and families who face the challenges of poverty and food insecurity.

“I give credit to the cooks and café attendants who spend valuable time and effort packaging and freezing leftover breakfast items. Without their dedication, we wouldn’t be able to contribute to this great cause,” says Bacha.

Emory Healthcare would like to give a big shoutout to the following staff at Asbury Café for demonstrating Emory Healthcare service and their commitment to transforming healthcare in our community.

  • Charles Richardson, chef
  • Moses Quarterman, sous chef
  • Anthony Batchelor, cook
  • Jackie Tutt, food & nutrition associate
  • Jackie Fletcher, food services attendant II

If your Food and Nutrition Services team is interested in partnering with Second Helpings Atlanta, please reach out to Mike Bacha at michael.bacha@emoryhealthcare.org.

More About Second Helpings Atlanta

Since 2004, Second Helpings Atlanta’s community of volunteers have been picking up surplus nutritious, perishable and frozen prepared food from grocery stores, big box retailers, corporate dining halls, hospitals, and large events, and delivering it to more than 50 front-line agencies in metro Atlanta that feed the hungry every day. The food they rescue gets diverted from landfills and is used to feed those in need. To learn more, visit secondhelpingsatlanta.org.

More About Good Samaritan Health Center

The Good Samaritan Health Center works to remove the barriers preventing low-income families and individuals from obtaining access to quality health care in metro Atlanta by providing medical, dental, health education, mental health, and social services. To learn more, visit goodsamatlanta.org.

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