Portland hospital saves meals for needy

Posted April 18, 2009, at 12:39 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A hospital in Maine is saving lives, and food.

Mercy Hospital in Portland ends up with about 50 extra meals each week, often because patients get sent home just before lunch. The food used to be thrown away, but under a new food rescue program, the meals are flash frozen. The Wayside Soup Kitchen then picks them up and distributes them on weekends, when many food pantries are closed.

Soup kitchen officials tell WCHS-TV that the idea is catching on with other organizations.