NPR : News

Filed Under:

Rescuing Food In Boulder, Colo.

This month we are collecting your stories about the good things Americans are doing to make their community a better place. Some of your contributions will become blog posts and the project will end with a story that weaves together submissions to make a story of Americans by Americans for Americans.

Caleb Philips founded Boulder Food Rescue, a group that collects tossed-out food — produce and packaged goods — from grocery stores, straps it to bikes and rides it to shelters, housing projects and at-risk community outlets. Caleb — who — is also a computer scientist — and friends feed about 150 folks with supermarket rejects every Saturday.

And they're just getting started. Since September 2011, BFR has rescued more than 128,000 lbs of nutritious food and transported most of that to feed those in need.

Caleb has helped start a revolution of food justice. The idea has already spread to Denver and Oakland.

Elliott Smith is a coordinator for BFR.

Copyright 2012 National Public Radio. To see more, visit


Rapid Learners: How Pixar Animators Created A Very Scary River

What would a small dinosaur look like in Class V rapids? That's the question Pixar filmmakers had to answer for their film The Good Dinosaur. So they piled into a raft to figure it out for themselves.

We Tried A Futuristic Cranberry. It Was Fresh And Naturally Sweet

Cranberry breeders in Wisconsin have developed a berry that's tart but also sweet, like a Granny Smith apple. They say the variety isn't ready for production but could one day become a fresh product.

Russian Military Jet Crash Heightens Debate Over Syria No-Fly Zone

Hillary Clinton, Marco Rubio and others are supporting the idea of a no-fly zone over Syria to try to help civilians there. But skeptics say it no longer has any relevance to today's Syrian crisis.

Used Rocket Is A New Breakthrough For Blue Origin's Space Plan

Blue Origin, the space company founded by Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos, has sent a craft past the edge of space and then landed its rocket safely – and vertically — in Texas.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.