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Servello said his team applied for grants but realized, because so many other nonprofits need help as well, the “pie was getting sliced smaller and smaller.”
“I got this idea to start a salvage, low-cost grocery store in the back part of our warehouse.”
A salvage grocery store sells items a traditional grocery provider wouldn't usually sell such as products that were overstocked, have dented or torn packaging or are nearing their expiration date for lower prices. Servello opened Bargain Grocery in hopes of making "just enough profit to sustain the operation.”
It has “worked phenomenally well,” he said.
“We wanted to make food available to those that were on EBT and food stamps,” he told FOX Business’ David Asman. “So, we contacted our social-service commissioner, asked them to send those folks.”
This Thanksgiving, Servello’s organization is distributing hundreds of meals to inner-city schools, the elderly, the disabled and other groups in need.
Asman said the Compassion Coalition has a “kind of entrepreneurial business model” that it can credit for its success.