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North County Nonprofit Teams Up With Shuttered Restaurants To Feed The Needy During Coronavirus Pandemic

Volunteers preparing meals at the Green Oceanside Kitchen in this undated pho...

Credit: O'side Kitchen Collaborative

Above: Volunteers preparing meals at the Green Oceanside Kitchen in this undated photo.

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As many restaurants and school districts shut down or cut back, thousands of pounds of perishable food have been donated and turned into frozen dinners at the Green Oceanside Kitchen, which is operated by the nonprofit O'side Kitchen Collaborative.

Aired: April 2, 2020 | Transcript

A unique community kitchen in Oceanside is taking food that might otherwise go to waste and preparing hundreds of free meals for those in need amid the Coronavirus pandemic.

As many restaurants and school districts shut down or cut back, thousands of pounds of perishable food have been donated and turned into meals at the Green Oceanside Kitchen, which is operated by the nonprofit O'side Kitchen Collaborative.

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Food distribution organizations are taking those meals to the homeless or others struggling to put food on the table during the quarantine. The kitchen opened last year, funded by $1.7 million from the city of Oceanside’s solid waste fund, as a way to divert edible food from the landfill, and create a more sustainable food system.

Heather Sorgine, co-founder and director of philanthropy at the O’side Kitchen Collaborative, joined Midday Edition to discuss their work and the need for more volunteers.

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