Originally published May 22, 2013 at 11:30 a.m., updated May 22, 2013 at 5:17 p.m.
Todd Bluechel, Founder, Fish. Food. Feel Good.
Debbie Case, President/CEO, San Diego's Meals-on-Wheels
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A local sports fisherman is helping local charities by providing them with the catch of the day.
Todd Bluechel had one goal when setting up his non-profit: to collect fish from sports fishermen and distribute the product to local charities. This year alone, Fish. Food. Feel Good. has provided almost 15,000 pounds, or roughly 30,000 meals, of sushi-grade fish to San Diego's Meals on Wheels program.
Bluechel partnered with fish processors on the dock who take donated and unwanted fish from sports fishermen.
"When the fish processors have 1,000 pounds gathered, they give me a call, I call the next charity on the list and they pick up the fish and prepare it for their clients," he says.
"I felt it important to create a simple program; a program people will want to use and want to replicate in their home town," says Bluechel. He's already put together a blueprint of his program and is working with fishermen in other cities so they can put the unwanted fish to good use.
Fish donated include Albacore, Bluefin, Yellowfin, Dorado and Yellowtail. The fish is stored until handed over to Meals on Wheels and other charities including Father Joe's Villages, San Diego Rescue Mission, Samoa Independent and the San Diego Food Bank.