Waste Not Want Not Inc

Rating: 4.92 stars   50 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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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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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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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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Thanks To the volunteers who pick up a perfectly good food from merchants to distribute to the needy. ❤️ thanks to Publix, Panera bread, and other merchants for their donations to your organization. I, for one, enjoy the bread that is delivered to the local senior center, as do many other elderly participants

 
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2 people found this review helpful

waste not always supports the local groups along with programs just not in Orange Park but out reachs to outer city groups thats a big Hats Off because thier cause of food rescue is feeding thousands of people each week great job and I am proud to know that this group is part of our community Denise Bramlitt Putman County's bleeding in the back pack program

 
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This organization goes to different restaurants and stores and collects food that is still edible but not suitable for selling (expiration date coming up soon). Waste not Want Not delivers the food to agencies that can distribute it to clients in need. Some examples would be group homes, senior citizens day care/place to hang out during the day, and schools. I know about schools because for years my son who attends a special needs school would bring home bread. Sometimes the bread was plain, sometimes it was very fancy, but always it was gratefully received. The families of special needs people often face expenses other families don't have so to have one less thing to buy at the store was a true gift. In fact, because of their generosity, I tried to send them financial donations as I was able, largely due to the savings on bread. I also am a recycling person, so I was so proud to see how they keep this food out of the landfills. They are a tremendous asset to our community.

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

Make it larger so more people could be served.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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At James Weldon Johnson Academic and Career Training Center, our students are 1-3 years overage for grade level. Additionally, our community does not have a great number of food outlets, such as comprehensive grocery stores, and many of our students qualify for free and/or reduced lunch status. As a result, there is a tremendous need among our students for good, consistent nutritional snacks and food products. Waste Not Want Not has been a highly caring, supportive, and helpful partner for our school since January of 2012. Since that time, Waste Not Want Not has provided snacks and foods for our after-school program and, during the summer of 2013, provided tremendous snacks and food products for our Summer Camp. Waste Not Want Not has made a tremendous difference in the lives of our students through their support. I remember during our Summer Camp, students would invariably ask at the beginning of the day: "What's for snack this afternoon?" They would often ask this before they would ask about field trips, or what the activities for that day were. This is an indication of just how much the nutritional support, provided to them by Waste Not Want Not, meant to them. I only know this; Waste Not Want Not, through their efficiency of non-profit operations, combined with a loving and caring outlook and decication towards those in our world who are in need, has made an indelible difference in the lives of the children that we serve, and they are an indispensable part of our efforts to make a difference in the lives of our students.

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

Wouldn't change a thing

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

The team at Waste Not Want Not are just fabulous! They help our ministry by supplying much needed food for the meals we prepare for the senior citizens we serve. We take seniors on day-long mission trips and serve a hot meal for the entire team. 18 - 48 seniors are fed a great meal from the recaptured food that WNWN gives us.

WNWN saves Seniors on a Mission thousands of dollars each year. Thank you!!!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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The efficiency and generosity of this group are phenomenal! Like a well-oiled machine, on each day they gather food throughout the area and redistribute it to nonprofits assisting impoverished people. Throughout the year they have given us truckloads of food-juice, applesauce, snacks, pastries-allowing us to nearly double the amount of weekend food we provide for children. And to think that without this group, all that food would go to waste...!

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

None. They are a valuable community resource. and I am thankful for all they do, Whenever I talk to a group about nonprofits, I ask whether they are familiar with all this group does so that I can enlighten the community about WNWN's mission.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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I volunteer with Kairos Prison Ministry, Inc. We conduct 3 day Christain based retreats in 5 state prisons in the NE Florida area. Waste Not Want Not (WNWN) helps us with cookies that we distribute to the inmates during the weekend as snacks and dessert for meals that we eat together. The volunteers at WNWN are really great, easy to work with and always helpful. Many organizations are much larger than the Kairos ministry but WNWN always finds time to help us in our need. I thank God for the retail stores in our area that are willing to allow WNWN to redistribute this food to so many needy organizations. I also thank God for the many volunteers that make WNWN work so well.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My Prison ministry and also watching other organizations pick up food for their ministries. I also have friends who contact retailers and pick up food to take to WNWN to repurpose.

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

Make sure all the volunteers get heartfelt thanks for all their work on behalf of others more needy.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

How did you find this group?

I do not recall exactly. One of our Kairos men is on the WNWN Board but I knew about it before that.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

Can't say WNWN has made any personal change in my life but they have definetly contributed to very important changes in the lives of many inmates over the years.

 
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