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412 Food Rescue Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Environment, Food, Food Programs, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Nutrition, Pollution Abatement & Control

Mission: The mission of 412 Food Rescue is to prevent perfectly good food from entering the waste stream and redirecting it to people in need.

Results: 412 Food Rescue is one of the fastest-growing food recovery organizations in the U.S. Since launching in 2015, 412 Food Rescue has recovered over 14 million pounds of food, redirecting it from landfills to people experiencing food insecurity. Much of this has been accomplished through the development, launch and utilization of an innovative technology platform – the Food Rescue Hero mobile app which is now being used in cities across the country by food rescue organizations.

Target demographics: People experiencing food insecurity and everyone who is concerned with the intertwined and important issues of food waste, hunger and climate change.

Direct beneficiaries per year: We provide food to over 600 nonprofits in the Southwestern PA area that make it available to over 100,000 people annually.

Geographic areas served: the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County and surrounding communities.

Programs: Our Food Rescue Hero technology, an app that connects food donor organizations such as restaurants, grocery stores and catering companies to nonprofit partners such as pantries, shelters and the Housing Authority which provide meals to people experiencing food insecurity. Volunteer drivers claim food rescue opportunities and transport the food.

Community Stories

14 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Melinda A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I heard 412 Food Rescue's mission statement, I knew I HAD to get involved. I have been volunteering with this organization since 2016, and it is such a rewarding experience to not only divert possible waste in landfills, but to also be able to provide food to people who need it. The smiles and hugs are icing on the cake.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a 412 Food Rescue volunteer for several years because it is so easy and so vital. Feeding people while preventing wasted resources is a win-win. Having the flexibility to volunteer when I have the time is icing on the cake. The staff is highly engaged, always willing to help with any issues, and super encouraging. 412 is constantly evolving, growing, and expanding their influence in new and dynamic ways. Get onboard and get involved!

Byasusan

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Food Rescuing has been a part of my life for years, and the creation of 412 Food Rescue has brought kindness and good practices to the forefront. Because of their efforts, there is increased awareness of the waste, the need, and the benefits of gathering and distributing food to where it is needed. Since the establishment of 412, it has been my pleasure to share food with over 12 different agencies. St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Brookline hosted a pop up food share this past April during the covid 19 lockdown. It was a real joy talking to people and experiencing their gratefulness for such a small gesture. Thank you, 412!

Joann Crater A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve had nothing but joy being a volunteer for 412 Food Rescue. Their mission of eliminating food waste is in line with my own beliefs. From day one up to the present, this organization has creatively attempted to thwart the food insecurity needs in Pittsburgh. From the food donor to the recipient, the 412 Food Rescue App provides volunteers with a step-by-step guide for the entire transfer of donated food. This app allows Pittsburghers to easily be part of a challenging solution. And, lastly, the team at 412 Food Rescue can’t be praised enough for their commitment to help the volunteers and to serve their community!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with 412 food rescue for 2 years now. I cant tell you about all the families, shelters, individuals and children I have touch with the deliveries I have made. The most memorable one occurred in 2019 at a shelter in the city of Pittsburgh. I was met by a resident who asked if I was delivering food and I said “yes”. She had the biggest smile on her face and said that she gets to eat today. After I delivered the food, I sat in my car and smiled and cried at the same time. What a difference we make in our communities. Every rescue that I make gives me such gratitude knowing what I am helping ruled out do. I never expect a thank you or a smile, but deep down I know what we are doing to help.

Amber K.3

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with 412 Food Rescue for multiple years now - even my three young children have come to know that this is something that we can do to help others. The app is amazing, super easy to navigate and it walks you through the entire food rescue process.

In addition to volunteering as a food rescue "hero" (who doesn't like to be called a hero?!?), I have also been able to make donations through this nonprofit as well. I was always told about where my money/food would go - it really is so well-run and helpful to the community.

1 Marybeth S.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

412 FoodRescue is a fabulous way to help your community in a flexible and worthwhile way. You get to choose when you take a rescue and the app does all the logistics (what you pick up and where you take it). Plus all the food gets used by folk who appreciate it and the places donating get credit for helping. The rescues are completely safe (non contact and social distanced). Try it out!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

412 Food Rescue is an amazing way to solve 3 of the great problems of our time: hunger, food waste, and climate change. Volunteering with 412 Food Rescue is so easy too, using the Food Rescue Hero app! I can volunteer as little or as often as I want with no real pressure put on me. Everyone I interact with on the staff is very supportive and passionate about what they do.

If people realized how easy it was to make a difference in our communities, I'm sure they would!

Gina V.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

412 Food Rescue is an exceptional nonprofit filled with heart and spirit. They put the people in the community at the forefront with a focused mission to end food waste and hunger.

The staff and volunteers are a team of hardworking and kind individuals that are selfless and put the care of others at the center of the organization.

412 Food Rescue has made a major impact in the Pittsburgh region. I am grateful to have this nonprofit in my hometown, but also am so excited to see how they can support even more communities nationwide with their new app!

Donor

Rating: 5

412 Food Rescue goes far beyond the rescue of wasted food. They bring donors and volunteers together to not only get the food to the communities that need it the most but to educate the public on the importance of their work to help stamp out hunger in Pittsburgh, surrounding areas and beyond.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

412 Food Rescue is not only imperative to increase food security in Pittsburgh, but their small staff contributes largely to their success. As a volunteer, I not only feel appreciated, I feel appropriately needed. The ease to turn on and off when I am available is perfect for my schedule, but they know their volunteers enough to call on them at times when they really need a few extra hands. I'm so thankful 412 Food Rescue has engaged me year after year.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Does food waste in America drive you nuts? Instead of throwing away edible food, why can't it go to people who need it? Have you wondered how you could tackle such a huge problem?412 Food Rescue is your answer and your opportunity.

Whether you have 30 minutes or hours to give, 412 Food Rescue is the biggest bang for your time investment buck. Sign up for a weekly rescue or do ad hoc rescues as your schedule allows. Easy, flexible, and huge impact.

Lorien Benet H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

412 Food Rescue pairs excess food with food-insecure communities and helps save the environment while doing it...what more can you ask from a nonprofit?! I’m a proud 412FR volunteer!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great organization that is helping people in need in Pittsburgh and being innovative at finding solutions to problems