The Abound Emergency Food Management Program is an effective and innovative way to provide communities and their residents with an extensive inventory of nutritious, ready-to-heat-and-eat meals proactively located in strategic areas of a jurisdiction. Based on first-hand experience managing food care and distribution in communities during times of crisis, Abound has applied learnings from in-market implementation to create a best-in-class model and a highly effective program.
Combining a collaborative network of food partners with innovative technology, we take a proactive approach to get communities prepared for when emergency strikes. Our Emergency Food Management Program is comprised of three essential components:
1. Food Repurposing Kitchen Network
Utilizing bulk-donated, recovered, and purchased food, our network of repurposing kitchens prepares nutritious, individually packaged ready-to-heat-and-eat meals utilizing the ‘cook/chill’ food production method to provide emergency meals with two weeks of shelf life after thawing. These vacuum-sealed, blast-frozen meals are then distributed to solar-powered cold-storage facilities strategically located within a geographic area — ready for distribution when needed.
2. Solar-Powered Cold-Storage Containers
Abound is proud of our efforts to fund and implement the world’s first fully sustainable solar- powered, cold-storage container, able to store up to 25,000 meals. A network of these containers — holding an inventory of vacuum-sealed perishable food and strategically placed throughout a jurisdiction — can ensure that food is accessible across a wide area in the critical first 48 hours of an emergency. These containers serve two primary purposes: 1) as cold storage lockers for ready-to-heat-and-eat meals, and 2) as a cold-storage hub to assist food banks in servicing nonprofit agencies in outlying and isolated areas.
3. Inventory Management
Abound, in partnership with PIMCO, is developing an inventory management program to effectively track product inventory, including the number, type, and location of these nutritious emergency meals. The system sends a notification when meals reach their expiration date (6-8 months), at which time the meals are donated to local nonprofit agencies and replaced with new meals.