He was ready to return to a life of crime. Dave’s Killer Bread offered an alternative.

Andre Eddings life was beginning to look dire.

After being caught and charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, Eddings was in jail with a felony record. I recollect guessing to myself, ‘Im a failure now, ‘ he tells. I will never amount to anything. Im simply hurling my life away.

As a kid, Eddings had shown a lot of promise. Growing up with mothers who struggled to get by, he was dedicated to creating a life for himself. I wanted to construct something of myself. I wanted to become successful. I wanted a good job making a livable wage , he tells.

Photo courtesy of Andre Eddings.

He kept a 3.8 GPA through high school, then continued to perform well academically as he went on to college and played football. So what happened? Watch 😛 TAGEND

It was only after a football injury that things ran awry.

The doctor basically gave me an ultimatum, he says. Maintain playing and potentially injure myself for the rest of my life, or dedicate it up and save my body.

Eddings chose to give up his athletic career and objective up falling out of college and moving home to work.

With no degree and stuck in a dead-end chore, Eddings looked to others to find a track toward what he considered success . It didnt take long for him to start dealing drugs and to get caught.

When he got out of jail, Eddings wanted nothing more than a path back onto the straight and narrow.

Photo courtesy of Andre Eddings.

But with a misdemeanour on his record, that seemed impossible.

I went to multiple interviews where Id interview pretty well and theyd offer me the position, he says. But once employers discovered his record, the job offers would disappear .

With few job options and his restitution and court fees piling up, Eddings felt backed into a corner. I was going to go back to selling medications, he tells. What he actually wanted was a solid undertaking making an honest days work, but with his past preventing him from moving forward, he felt he had no choice.

Thats when he got a call that changed everything .

“I wouldnt give up quite yet, ” said an encouraging friend who knew a better route.

Daves Killer Bread, an organic bakery in Milwaukie, Oregon, doesn’t disqualify candidates based on their criminal backgrounds.

Eddings happily took a position low on the totem pole, eager to forge a track forward for himself. I was nervous. I was a little scared. I didnt really know what to expect. Id never worked in production before, let alone a bakery, he tells.

He neednt have worried: It clicked right away.

Photo courtesy of Dave’s Killer Bread.

Two and a half years later, he’s risen through the ranks and is a production deputy superintendent with aspirations to continue working his route up the company.

“My life has made a complete 180 -degree turnaround, ” he says.

“Now I have two beautiful children, Im engaged, Im renting a house with the hopes of buying a house here in the future.” He’s also a mentor to other employees with similar backgrounds at Dave’s Killer Bread .

Photo courtesy of Andre Eddings.

“I help other people coming into the company who have similar backgrounds to me, you know, talking to them, letting them know it can be done if you want it, ” he says. “With this company here, you can stimulate something of yourself.”

Dave’s believes so strongly in the power of second opportunities because Dave himself co-founded the business after finishing a prison stint.

“The only reason employers dont wishes to take over people with a background or who are convicted felons is exclusively out of dread, ” Eddings says.

For him, it’s worth health risks. “You never know what you can get out of a person who is ready to attain the change, wants to do better for themselves, wants to become somebody.”

Photo courtesy of Dave’s Killer Bread.

The hiring policy at Dave’s isn’t merely informed by kindness it’s also good business strategy.

“In a tight job market, where motivated and engaged employees are hard to find, we have found that individuals who are given a second chance are highly appreciative of the opportunity to provide them and are eager to learn and grow professionally , ” says Gretchen Peterson, the director of human resources at DKB.

Photo courtesy of Dave’s Killer Bread.

“The second-chance partners we apply come to work grateful and happy to have a task every day what employer doesnt want to see that in their workforce? ” she says.

If more companies hired like Dave’s Killer Bread does, one desperate history after the next wouldn’t have to repeat itself.

Peterson tells she supposes H.R. professionals sometimes fool themselves into thinking they are getting a “better quality” nominee through the background check process.

“In my experience, there are just as many people with no background who end up being terminated for steal or fraud. In fact, it’s the people who have been given that second chance who work all that much harder to induce something of it.”

Photo courtesy of Andre Eddings.

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One simple ask led to this nonprofit saving 7 million pounds of food for people in need.

When you were moving out of your college dormitory, do you remember how much food you aimed up throwing away?

Those unopened packages of ramen noodles, mini-boxes of cereal, and buttered popcorn packs were all perfectly good food and they went to trash merely because you knew you wouldn’t be eating them.

If there had been an easily accessible collecting box for those items, you probably would’ve donated them instead, right?

After all, it’s just as easy to give them away as it is to throw them away, and you’d actually be helping hungry people get fed instead of wasting food.

That was New Jersey native Adam Lowy’s theory and why he decided to do anything about it .

Adam Lowy, founder of Move for Hunger. Photo via Move for Hunger.

In 2009, Lowy was in college, and it bothered him how much food was get hurled out every year. So he started going around with some friends to ask students on campus if they’d prefer to donate their food instead.

Little did they know just how eager students would be to give and get involved.

This grassroots endeavor was the beginning of Move for Hunger ( MFH) Lowy’s now-thriving nonprofit .

They collected food on college campuses on dorm move-out days in exchange for free moving boxes. It’s the perfect complement to dorm turnover: Students can do something useful with the food they don’t require and get packing supplies in return.

In one month, with the assistance of his father’s moving company, Lowy collected 300 pounds of food for the local food bank.

A student with boxes from MFH on day three of their donation campaign. Photo via Move for Hunger.

And before long, the idea took off in a huge style.

“We knew nothing about charities; we just saw all this food get left behind, ” he explains.

Look at all that food waste. Photo via Starr/ Flickr .

Food waste is an enormous, largely unrecognized problem in America. So is hunger.

About 40 % of the food grown and processed in this country is thrown away. Meanwhile, 42 million Americans have trouble determining their next dinner.

If merely 15% of our wasted food were saved, 25 million Americans wouldn’t go hungry.

MFH’s mission is to make a sizable dent in that percentage.

And so far, they’re right on target.

Photo via Move for Hunger.

After a successful launch, MFH partnered up with Doorsteps and the Food Recovery Network to take the endeavor nationwide .

While MFH had the flagship initiative and the connection to moving trucks, Doorsteps and Food Recovery Network had volunteers on the ground at various colleges.

Despite some initial hiccups, existing cooperation was incredibly successful. Together, they were able to give 5,000 pounds of food 4,000 snacks to people in need.

Students volunteering for MFH. Photo via Move for Hunger.

And that was just the first year. MFH’s impact has skyrocketed since then.

The organization teamed up with over 750 moving companies across the country to help put an end to food waste not only on campuses, but everywhere.

By 2012, they had collected 1 million pounds of food, and in 2016, they broke 7 million . That’s one hefty contribution to feed America’s hungry.

And Lowy doesn’t plan on slowing down anytime soon.

One thing he’s learned since the organization started in 2009 is that charities should exist first and foremost to help solve problems. Even if the road is long and arduous, solving the starvation problem in America is always on MFH’s horizon.

On a more basic level, all those ramen packages that students squirrel away in their dorms will finally serve a greater purpose.

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