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Waste Not Want Not Inc

Rating: 4.92 stars   50 reviews 2,612

Address:

PO Box 119 Orange Park FL 32067 USA

Mission:

Waste Not Want Not, Inc., a volunteer-based group, exists to prevent the discarding of items that can be used to fight hunger and poverty in our community. We do this by rescuing food daily from numerous sources for distribution to local charitable organizations, and through other cost-effective, volunteer-driven initiatives.

Results:

Every week last year, at least 14,000 people ate food rescued by Waste Not Want Not volunteers.

Target demographics:

prevent the waste of items that can be used to fight hunger and poverty.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

14,000 people each week

Geographic areas served:

North Florida

Programs:

Food Rescue and Distribution. In 2013, we distributed more than 1.9 Million pounds of food to local charities serving those in need. This food, which would otherwise have been discarded, instead was provided to men, women and children, seniors and homeless people.

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904 215-3150
www.wastenotflorida.com

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Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

3 people found this review helpful

St Francis Soup Kitchen feeds over 600 people on average per week. Our servings include full plate dinners and soup and sandwiches which we alternate. For many years back into the 1990's the Soup Kitchen has benefitted from its association with Waste Not Want Not.
Each week we receive dozens of loaves of bread, baked goods, occasionally drinks, frozen soups and fried chicken. We use all that we receive. The fact is that the Soup kitchen could not serve the community's neediest and destitute with out Waste Not Want Not's support and contribution. We are dependent on them and they are completely dependable. As a Plus, the people we deal with are very nice, professional and responsible; the best!

 
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My son began volunteering over a year ago to get community service hours for Bright Futures Scholarship efforts. He continued beyond his 100 hours minimum requirement.

As I learned more from the Exec. Director and the then Volunteer Coordinator (the only two paid personnel) about operations and while helping with last years hosting of the annual Community Yard Sale, I wanted to help more. I was recruited to Chair the 2016 Community Yard Sale (WNWN's biggest fundraising event) and am amazed at how many ways there are to help this great entity help folks in 10 counties in northeast Florida.

100% donated funding and volunteer work force is what keeps it working. 363 days a year they are picking up, lableing, sorting, boxing, moving, stacking, sweating, phoning, planning, selling, speaking, donating, visiting and all because they know it is worth it. "Rescuing" food from being wasted by distribution centers, stores, restaurants, farms, gardens and area events to help feed those in our local communities in need and who are struggling. I am so proud to be part of this great group of people helping people!

 
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Every week my husband and I pick up five to nine overflowing shopping carts of food that will expire shortly if not used. This food is donated by the large grocery stores in the area. It's taken to a holding area to be distributed to the needy. We feel like we are doing a valuable service by getting this food to people that need it rather than filling a dumpster. When we think of the many other volunteers that are picking up food from the other grocery stores at the same time, it is mind boggling. We're happy to be be serving our community in this small way.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

Having worked with Sandra and some of the wonderful volunteers involved with Waste Not Want Not, I can truly say that Sandra runs a fantastic organization that benefits so many of our neighbors. With 100% of the funding coming from donations, there is a huge amount of faith and sweat equity in this organization.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

Waste Not is a truly valuable entity that I'm grateful to be a part of. With all of the negative news about the darkness within humanity day after day, it is incredibly refreshing to volunteer some time with Waste Not and see nothing but the goodness of humanity to boost the spirit. People volunteering their time, day after day, in tight conditions, even without the full motivation of seeing the incredible end result of their hard work, because they know how important their work is to so many people.

Hunger reflects something that is wrong with our country, as their is plenty of food for everyone. Waste Not reflects what is right...the desire and dedication of so many to help people with such an important necessity of life. Waste Not's operational model is intelligent, bringing donors and receivers together to benefit so many year-round (not just Thanksgiving and Christmas) and to reduce food waste. With very few paid salaries to operate it, a dedicated board, and many partners in the community, Waste Not is what I view a "great nonprofit" being.

I'm a volunteer, who otherwise works elsewhere full-time for a 6-figure salary. I truly get more satisfaction and motivation offering my time for free at Waste Not, then in my salaried job. I'm grateful to be part of a non-profit that uses its donations to actually help people in need...day after day.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

Our church food pantry depends on Waste Not Want Not weekly and they come through each week! We could not provide the same support to the poor in our area without them!

 
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My wife and I started volunteering at Waste Not Want Not over 6 years ago. We love this organization. Our executive director has a passion beyond belief. Our volunteer coordinators, past and present, are amazing. We have a wonderful group of volunteers who give their time and treasures to help us fight hunger and poverty in our community. I am so happy that we chose to serve with all of the special people at Waste Not Want Not.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

waste not want not is a real class act when it comes to donating food the staff they have is the best around

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

the organization needs no changes any where there the best in town

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2016

 
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2 people found this review helpful

The Magnolia Point Women's Club started feeding children at our local elementary school, Charles E. Bennett, by becoming a provider in the Blessings In A Backpack program, with funds through member sponsorships and grants.
Waste Not Want Not has provided great partnership over the past 4 years in our effort to feed elementary school children with our project, by supplementing our nutritional menus with items they donated.

 
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We can only agree wholeheartedly with all the positive comments about this wide-reaching organization. We have been aware of Waste Not Want Not's huge positive impact on our communities for over 15 years. We first became aware of this local non-profit and their imposing volunteer force when our church's outreach program needed food to feed the homeless in our county. Waste Not Want Not was the first to offer food on an ongoing basis. Years later we began volunteering for them and learned how they rescue food from a wide variety of donors. We saw our neighbors and friends benefiting from the combined efforts of our fellow volunteers. We saw charity after charity identify their needs in order to help their own communities and we realized we were part of an organization providing foods for hundreds! Over the years we watched with pride, as Waste Not Want Not rescued more and more food items, preventing waste, protecting our environment, and most important , providing food to those most hungry. They provide for hungry children, families and seniors across ten counties in North Florida. Their volunteers are by far some of the most dedicated people we know. The countless benefits of being part of such a group are multiplied tenfold when you realize you are a small part of an organization that affects 10's of thousands of lives each week and makes them better! Now that is GREAT!

 
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