Waste Not Want Not Inc

Rating: 4.9 stars   42 reviews

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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Reviews for Waste Not Want Not Inc

Rating: 1 stars  

This "charity" has NO compassion for anyone! I was doing community service there and all of them said how much of a hard, good worker I was!! Then my husband had throat cancer and had to have throat surgery! He has to do proton radiation everyday and chemotherapy 1 time a week! Then I had to go back and forth to the hospital for my medical issues! They said it's ok that they would work with me! Ha! That was a lie! Now they won't let me go back and finish my community service because I had to take care of my family and they said it was ok to do that and when everything was a little better I could come back and finish my hours!! Well now I can't! Becky told me that I can not come back just because I was taking care of my family and I took their word for it that I can come back! They are liars and does not care about anyone!! They are a bad "charity!!"

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have been volunteering with WNWN for 2 years now and plan to continue. The fact that there are only two employees but hundreds of volunteers tells me the organization is frugal and dedicated to their mission. I volunteer on the 'collection' side of things rather than the distribution side so I don't deal with the recipients on a regular basis. However, it is worth noting that the donors often express their thanks for our taking the time to collect food to provide for the less fortunate.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Volunteering for Waste Not Want Not is a very rewarding experience. It is wonderful to know that my efforts and that of the other volunteers is providing so much help to the community. I interact with a couple different large providers of the food stuffs. They thank us for taking our time and energy to assist them in donating to a great, nonprofit, volunteer based organization.

George Borawski

 
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(Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Thank you, George, for all your help and your willingness to drive our truck even for last minute opportunities. Without volunteers like you, Waste Not Want Not would not exist.

Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

My husband and I have been volunteering for about 4 1/2 yrs now. It is exciting to know that I have the privilege of helping people receive food when they would otherwise go without . I had never heard of a food rescue group, but now I am a part of it. Just think, the small bit that I add is multiplied hundreds of times over and over again. But it takes money to keep the electricity on and gas for the truck that is used to pick up items at the warehouses that are kind enough to donate to us. SO, we also donate money. Won't you give a little to make someone else's life better? You will be glad you did. PM

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have been a volunteer for 4 years & am constantly amazed at the amount of food that is donated to WNWN - considering that much of that would be thrown away. The operation of collection, sorting, distribution is quiet the process to follow. Volunteers come together to make this the great organization it is & the services it provides.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have been a volunteer for WNWN since its inception. It is an amazing organization with amazing volunteers and leadership. The amount of food rescued each day and delivered to people in need is incredible . I am very proud to be a team member of this wonderful organization.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

A truly amazing organizationorganization that rescues food and other items so that people do not go hungry or without the basic essentials for life. The volunteers are second to nonenone and incorporate a team spirit to get things done!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

What a great organization with great volunteers and employees.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Volunteering and donating to charity are both important parts of my life as a community member and I want every hour and dollar donated to count. With Waste Not Want Not, the return on my investment is incredible. I'm forever impressed by how much food we keep from the landfills and get into the mouths of people who would otherwise be hungry (needlessly). Beyond the great accomplishments WNWN achieves in rescuing food, I'm also impressed by how easy it is for kids to get involved; they contribute labor, but also learn valuable lessons about people outside their daily lives and the benefits of volunteering.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

The amount of food and other supplies that would otherwise go to the landfill without this organization is staggering (millions of pounds a year), especially given how many people in the community are in need of assistance. Every day of the week, rain or shine, WNWN volunteers collect from various distributors, grocery chains and restaurants. The pickups are returned to the main facility, sorted by type, etc and then re-distributed to that day's recipient organizations (from throughout North Florida). I am proud to be a volunteer for WNWN and I have never volunteered for a more economically efficient charity.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

The looks of gratitude and heartfelt "thank yous" uttered by the recipients to the volunteers at Waste Not Want Not are why I have been with it for several decades. By rescuing and redistributing so many tons of food and other products to so many organizations, we volunteers are truly able to "do unto others...", and it makes me and all the people I work with happy to be part of such a team.
It's so well organized that the time spent there gives truly efficient results. We accomplish our assigned tasks and leave there knowing we have the gratitude of hundreds of people who we have helped that day.

 
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(Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Mary, I believe you are our second longest-term volunteer. Maybe you can help write a brief history of Waste Not Want Not for our 25th Anniversary coming up in 2015... Thank you for volunteering, jumping in wherever and whenever needed, and always smiling.

Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I volunteer for several nonprofit organizations and Waste Not Want Not always get priority on my time and monthly financial donations. I have been volunteering in many areas of Waste Not Want Not for over ten years. In that time I have met many great people that have the same passion, "to help those in need." Russ Kamradt

 
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