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San Diego Charity Turns The Catch Of The Day Over To City’s Needy

Evening Edition

Aired 5/23/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.


Todd Bluechel, Founder, Fish. Food. Feel Good.

Debbie Case, President/CEO, San Diego's Meals-on-Wheels

Midday Edition airs weekdays at noon on KPBS Radio


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.

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Saforabu | May 24, 2013 at 8:03 p.m. ― 3 years, 10 months ago

Todd has taken a wasted resource and made something positive happen with it. Kudos to his generosity and to all those involved in making this charity a success.

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sdcr | May 26, 2013 at 7:53 p.m. ― 3 years, 10 months ago

What a great charity! A simple idea with heartwarming results. Thanks to Todd for making this process happen that benefits so many. You can tell he really puts his heart into this work.

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scarlettm | May 30, 2013 at 8:33 p.m. ― 3 years, 10 months ago

I happened upon this KPBS story because I was Goggling information about sustainability, fishing and ways to improve the oceans health and all I can say is WOW. Sadly I found the television interview to be way too short so I listened to the radio interview and it only increased my interest to learn more. I visited the Fish. Food. Feel Good. website and I was additionally impressed to learn the founder (I have to add he is very attractive) has been funding and doing everything all by himself for free. I emailed him a letter of support to thank him for creating such a wonderful charity and even though my own situation really sucks right now I still made a donation. I’ve never written a comment like this before but when I learned he is going to try and replicate his charity in other fishing ports throughout American I wanted to voice my total support. This has to be the most amazing solution to an issue that’s bothered me for years and I’m 110% in total support of it. I hope anyone reading this comment who is also interested in sustainability or feeding the hungry will also show their support for Fish. Food. Feel Good. Scarlett M.

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kjuergens | June 3, 2013 at 10:23 a.m. ― 3 years, 9 months ago

Great Effort! Turn waste into nurishment! San Diego is fortunate to have people and charities like Fish.Food.Feel Good. Nice work Todd!

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