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Waste Not Want Not Inc

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Causes: Food, Food Programs

Mission: Food belongs in bellies - not landfills: Waste Not Want Not exists to prevent the discarding of items that can be used to fight hunger and poverty in our community. Our volunteers rescue food daily from stores, restaurants, vendors, farmers’ fields and neighbors’ gardens. We distribute this perishable food promptly to people fighting hunger in Clay and surrounding counties. These men, women, and children, our neighbors, enjoyed more than two million pounds of wholesome food last year - food that, but for our volunteers’ efforts would have gone to waste. What happens to the heart-shaped cakes on February 15, the unbroken eggs in a carton with two that are cracked, the unsold food at your favorite restaurant at closing time, or the unpicked oranges on neighbor’s trees? All these are wasted; thrown away. In a country where one resident in six is food-insecure, one-quarter of all food produced is discarded before it reaches a consumer. But not here in North Florida where Waste Not intercepts food that may be unmarketable or "imperfect" but is perfectly wholesome and safe to consume. Not here in North Florida where Waste Not fights hunger by distributing that rescued food to 2,200 people struggling to put food on the table every day. No one should go hungry while good food goes to waste: Learn more at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUMgyebt3H4

Results: Fighting hunger by rescuing food creates unique challenges and opportunities. Our challenge is responding to an unpredictable supply of semi-perishable food: we never know exactly what we will receive, and unlike shelf-stable food at food pantries, rescued food is perishable and must be distributed promptly. Because rescues vary from baked goods, produce, dairy, to prepared foods, drinks, and meat, we have a unique opportunity to help all kinds by sorting the food based on their needs. Children taking weekend backpacks home find them filled with small, easy-to-prepare items; struggling families receive groceries; students at afterschool programs receive pizza and drinks; diners in soup kitchens, group homes, or churches with full kitchens enjoy prepared foods such as soup, vegetables, lasagna, and chicken; and homeless served in the woods find individually packaged sandwiches, drinks, desserts, and fruit in their bags. By matching food to our recipients’ needs, Waste Not volunteers ensure that whatever we rescue is put to good use. Every week last year, at least 15,000 people ate food rescued by Waste Not Want Not volunteers. Waste Not Want Not rescues food, helps people, and increases financial donors’ impact. Every dollar donated to Waste Not, magnified by the efforts of our volunteers, provides 15 pounds of food to people in 10 counties struggling to put food on the table. Receiving food from Waste Not for free allows our recipient groups to do more; to feed more people or to spend more of their limited funds on non-food services. Every financial gift to Waste Not results in benefits to our community that are much greater in value than the value of the donation.

Target demographics: those suffering from hunger

Direct beneficiaries per year: 15,000 people each week

Geographic areas served: North Florida

Programs: Food Rescue and Distribution. In 2018, we distributed 2.3 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.

Community Stories

81 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Waste Not Want Not provides food to children and families at Don’t Miss A Beat (DMAB) Afterschool (kids & teens 5-18 yrs), Creatively Young (toddlers 2-4 yrs.), Seniors (55+) and Summer Camp Programs. Afterschool Programs Waste Not provides food, snacks & drinks to 60-75 children & teens daily in our Homework Assistance and Academy of the Arts Programs daily. After a long day at school, the kids arrive at the center hungry. They look foward to the provisions provided by Waste Not.Creatively Young Program Because of the food we receive from Waste Not, DMAB provides snack bags to 30 toddlers who participates in bi-weekly artistic activities at local Child care facilities in the Jacksonville area.Senior Nutrition Centers and DMAB Families Because of the generosity of Waste Not, DMAB is able to share the fresh fruit, food, vegetables and pastries we receive weekly with about 50 seniors at an area nutrition center. In addition, the bounty DMAB receive from Waste Not helps the families who are experiencing financial hardship and need temporary help through a crisis.Summer CampBecause of Waste Not Want Not, DMAB is able to provide breakfast and snacks to 130 children daily in our summer camp program. Their donation ensures that children from low income families receive a hot breakfast everyday. Waste Not Want Not provides a valuable service to agencies in the Jacksonville area. Because of their food recovery program, Don’t Miss A Beat is able to reach numerous people at every level. Thank you Waste Not Want Not Staff for all you you do.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I really love the model of Waste Not Want Not - being volunteer led is truly remarkable given the efficiency and high volumes of food going through the relatively small distribution center. The two-fold mission really speaks to me... meaningfully reduce what goes into landfills by taking the excesses to non profits serving people that can leverage the goods. It is a smart concept and exceptionally well executed.

Karen Lucas R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family was the recipient of bread from Waste Not Want Not for several years. The bread always tasted great and I thought it was such a generous act of kindness. I have never forgotten their thoughtfulness to us. It can't be easy to drive from store to store picking up food and distributing it to those in need. This is such an improvement over throwing perfectly good food into the garbage can. Wonderful nonprofit.

Jay H.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A little over a year ago, I started personally devoting my time to this organization. I have had previous knowledge of this organization through a few friends but upon my retirement I committed to helping unload Snapple Trucks on Thursday. Through this involvement and my relationship with the Director, Sandra, my knowledge has grown considerably.

I have learned that this great program provides food to organizations throughout an extremely large different areas of NorthEast Florida from Palatka to the North Side of Jax. From Macliney to the beaches. A small army of volunteers come to this centralized location known as the "Castle" and ensure that the food gets those who are hungry.

The volunteers vary from the very young to those who are in later chapters of their lives but realize they can make a difference for their neighbors year around. I am not a believer is government solving our social problems and in my opinion, this force is showing that we can make a difference of distributing food that is not moving off the shelves and leftover in the restaurants throughout our area.

Cindy R.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I never realized all the food waste that happens before a product even has a chance to make it to our homes/restaurants!! So much available for so many....and Waste Not Want Not prevents that discarding of food and uses it to fight hunger and poverty in our community!!! This rescuing of food daily from numerous places, grocery stores, markets, bakeries, etc for distribution to local organizations is so amazing and needed and helps sooo many! And it’s done all through volunteers! Thanks for making us aware and being the change! Save the food, share the food...such a win-win!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Waste Not! Want Not! is a beautifully choreographed, very professional organization that is instrumental in helping feed hundreds of thousands of people each year with reclaimed food. The longevity of Waste Not! is a testament to how well it is managed. Working out of a tiny warehouse, it is amazing to watch the volunteers deliver their hundreds of pounds of gleaned food every day, provided by stores and restaurants. More volunteers arrive to package this newly arrived food for the humanitarian groups to arrive and pickup. By 1:00 pm the food is gone, totally free to the recipients. It's a well-oiled lovely machine fueled by love.

Client Served

Rating: 5

St, Francis soup Kitchen has benefited tremendously over the years by Waste Not Want Not's efforts, responsiveness and resources. This directly benefited thousands of our customers, the poorest of the poor. This agency is dynamic as are it's staff and volunteers. All their efforts have enabled us to serve and provide high quality nourishing meals.
We are very grateful to Waste Not Want Not for all it has done for our customers. Tremendous!!
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Jim

Client Served

Rating: 5

At Celebration Church we have many outreaches that serve our community. One of those is sourced by Waste Not Want Not. We receive the best of foods and the quantity is always exactly what we need to feed those in need.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Waste Not Want Not is a Food rescues dream .The team of volunteers work 7 days a week to recycle food to supply food banks, backpack programs , church’s and many other programs thru out Jax Clay and Putnam . Thank you for all you do

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Client Served

Rating: 5

waste not want not is a food rescue non profit that works 7 days a week to supply food to groups like Feed The Need of Putnam , A back Pack program we are feeding over 850 children each weekend supplying food to teachers in schools in Putnsm county without the volunteers that work at WNWN our group would struggle to meet its demands . A big shout out goes to all that are associated with this organization Denise Bramlitt with Feed The Need Of Putnam Back Pack Program

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Waste Not Want Not's contribution to waste and hunger prevention is significant. For those interested in details and statistics, I would point you to their website https://wastenotflorida.com/about-waste-not-want-not/what-we-do-and-our-impact/. What you will not find there is the impact this organization has on its volunteers. Waste Not strives everyday to not only serve its beneficiaries but also those people who volunteer their time and talents. Waste Not believes everyone can contribute, from young children to senior citizens. I spent many hours as an elementary schooler sorting canned vegetables, carrying bags of bread in from cars one at a time, and putting donation stickers on boxes of baked goods. I met fellow volunteers of different races, ages, socioeconomic statuses, religions; we all worked together in pursuit of serving our community. Waste Not is lovely place to work and provides its volunteers with a sense of purpose. Whether you are a high schooler looking to earn service hours or a retiree with time on your hands, I highly recommend Waste Not Want Not.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This amazing organization was founded by someone who truly cares about helping other people. Sandra saw the need and set things in motion so that Waste Not could become the mainstay that it is in so many people’s lives. A visit a few years ago impressed me even further, to see how it’s run like a well-oiled machine and to see the appreciation on the faces of those getting food for their organizations tugged at the heart.

1 John W.10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer at Waste Not / Want Not in Orange Park, Florida. I pick up donated food at grocery stores, restaurants and ad hoc donations that almost immediately get distributed to north Florida well beyond our surrounding counties. We have little administrative costs and only two ridiculously overworked paid employees; the volunteers do this without reimbursement other than a genuine love for what they do and an appreciation for the help we give to people in genuine need for food that would have otherwise been discarded to land fills, etc.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became a volunteer May 2018. I work 1 day a week in the "Castle" . I found Waste Not Want Not while crossing the Buckman Bridge and saw their truck. I immediately looked them up and signed up to be a volunteer. I attended the orientation and knew I needed to work there. Everyday I am amazed at the amount of food we rescue and redistribute. Most of this food is perfectly ok and would have ended up in the dump instead of at our doors. Thank you to all the grocery stores and restaurants who donate to us daily.

Our "clients" are some of the most amazing people I have had the honor to meet. They are so grateful for what we do and I am grateful for what they do. Our organizations work very well together.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Waste Not Want Not provides a tremendous service assisting those who are in need. We at the Kitchens of Clay County have worked closely with Sandra and her team in Orange Park for several years and find them easy to work with and extremely valuable in our community.

Thank you Waste Not Want Not for all your support.

1 Sharon A.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This nonprofit does so much with their resources that they constantly astound me. They rescue over 2 million pounds of food annually to 10 counties in Northeast Florida with only two paid staff and a host of volunteers - that is 6,000 pounds a day! That is why I nominated the Executive Director, Sandra Staudt-Killea, as a Community Champion and she was honored at the first Jaguars game this year. Way to go, TIAA Bank, for wisely recognizing a true hometown hero! Our church runs the Soup Kitchen in Green Cove Springs once a month, and we truly appreciate the generous food donations we receive from Waste Not Want Not. Over 25% of food is discarded and Sandra and her team are valiantly working to rescue as much as they can with their resources. You will not regret giving to or being involved with this organization.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you! You have made a real difference in the lives of the kids we serve. Thanks to you, 60 children will go to bed full, well-nourished, and better off than the night before.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our food pantry at Southpoint Seventh Day Adventist Church serves over 2,000 individuals on average from our community every month. Thanks to the lovely staff at Waste Not Want Not, we are able to distribute various food items weekly on Mondays 7 - 8 p.m. and Fridays 1 - 3 p.m.

Waste Not Want Not supplies us weekly with drinks, dry goods, breads, pastries, dairy, and we are super excited and grateful to be partnered with this organization. The staff is very friendly and go above and beyond to accommodate us. Items in their building are organized in such an efficient manner allowing for speedy distribution. There is such a willingness to serve their community, that it overflows into our ministry as well.

Waste Not Want Not is surely making a positive impact in our community and we trust that God will continue to prosper their endeavors.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We are Cupbearer Ministries: We are a Homeless Street Ministry whose purpose is to share the Love of Jesus by providing meals, clothing, hygiene items, and other resources as needed. With the assistance of Waste Not Want Not, We serve about 600 meals a week, as well as supplying needs to the under privileged, such as hygiene, clothes, shoes and other needs to get back on their feet. Waste Not Want Not, is a great asset in fulfilling our vision.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

What a wonderful organization Waste Not Want Not is. Not only do they distribute almost 2 million pounds of food locally, they help our organization throughout each year. They provide donations of food for homeowners, future homeowners and college students who come to our County each year to help a deserving low income family build a home. Each year, a minimum of 20 students spend their Spring Break constructing houses to be occupied by these families which usually includes at least one to six children. The food Waste Not donates is enough for the college students to have up to 3 meals per day for 6 days. The students love coming here to volunteer and they state the great food we have is a BIG incentive. Waste Not Want Not also provides food for our Home Dedications and many other events we have throughout the year. They are truly a blessing to our organization and we are fortunate to have them as our community partner.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

For more than 10 years Waste Not Want Not has been a driving force for rescuing food in Clay County. They do an incredible job, with only a handful of extremely dedicated volunteers. This organization works tirelessly to make sure donations of food and drinks go to those in need.

Being a nonprofit organization, Waste Not Want Not understands the value of every donation. It is of the utmost importance that we be good stewards of the gifts the community shares with us.

Each year our organization sponsors 20 college students, who come from all over the country, to participate in a one week home construction build. Every year, Waste Not Want Not provides breakfast meals, drinks and snacks for these students. Let me tell you this is a significant savings for our organization and the students are always so grateful. I am sure many of you can remember what it was like to be in college with very little money. Good meals are hard to come by. The students love these meals!

That's just one of the many things Waste Not Want Not does for this community and Clay County Habitat for Humanity is proud to be a partner with this wonderful organization. We wholeheartedly commend them for the wonderful good they do.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer. I spent 6 years on the Board of Directors. I have been the treasurer of Waste Not Want Not for the past 10 years. Every time I tell someone new about the mission of Waste Not, they are in awe. To think that someone can volunteer to spend an hour of their time to drive to a grocery store or restaurant, pick up perfectly good food that would otherwise be discarded, return it to Waste Not Want Not so that it can be distributed through its extensive net work of charities who feed the hungry and have that food end up on the dinner table of someone in need that same or next day is truly amazing. In 2017 Waste Not Want Not rescued over 2 million pounds of perfectly good food. With the food that it discarded every day, no one in this country should every go hungry.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been with Waste Not now for about 10 years. I have held several positions within the organization and have had a wonderful and fullfillng experience doing so. Let me tell you about a recent humbling experience. I was working in the Waste Not booth at the Orange Park, FL annual Fall Festival a few weeks ago. It was a beautiful Fall day and I was having a great time talking to people about Waste Not as they came by the booth. A young lady, in her 20's with a toddler in tow, stopped. She told me that she recognized the name, Waste Not, because she was receiving assistance from one of our recipient groups and knew that much of the food she was getting came from Waste Not. She just wanted to say "thank you". She made my day!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Waste Not Want Not is made up of an incredible group of volunteers, donating their time and treasure to help Waste Not Want Not and the groups they support, eliminate waste and at the same time, help reduce hunger and poverty in Northeast Florida.
My journey with Waste Not began in 2007 when Waste Not was looking for a Realtor to help find them a new home. In 2008 they moved in to a new location with room to grow, and grow they have. I soon began to volunteer to pick up food from a local store of a large grocery chain. I remember the feeling I had that first time, driving back to Waste Not, my SUV smelling like a bakery, knowing that I was helping them keep food out of the land fill and getting it into the hands of local groups that would be feeding the hungry that same evening. In 2016, these groups will save over $3 million by not have to go out and purchase the food that is provided to them by Waste Not. $3 million that they can use for other needs of their mission.
I am very proud to be associated with Waste Not Want Not and to be a part of what they have accomplished in the past 27 years.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Until I started picking up bread/food from Waste Not Want Not for our food pantry I had no idea of the scope of this non profit's work. They provide food for nonprofit agencies in TEN counties. TEN. They are AMAZING. Food is collected (by volunteers) from restaurants and grocery stores. That food is sorted and distributed (by volunteers) and turned around as fast as they can which is usually the same day to non profits like our food pantry. I hesitate to call it a well oiled machine because every volunteer I come in contact with has a servants heart and is full of cheer.. even in the sweltering heat. Their mission to fill bellies and make sure good food doesn't go to waste is personal to them. AMAZING indeed.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The sheer volume of rescued food volunteers move through Waste Not Want Not on a daily basis is absolutely incredible. I have been privileged to be a part of the dedicated pool of caring souls who help operate this worthwhile enterprise for several years. The commitment of these individuals is awe inspiring. A group I volunteer with who serve the poor directly has also been the recipient of some of the rescued food from Waste Not Want Not for our small emergency food pantry. I can tell you hungry people have had something to eat because of Waste Not Want Not everyday.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My respect for this charity continues to increase over the years. As more food sources (grocery stores and restaurants) recognize how dependable this group is, day in day out, almost every day of the year, the amount of food rescued and redistributed to those in need grows. I am forever amazed at how much food we save from the landfill and how many people benefit from it. As someone who worked for large corporations that bullied me into donating to nonprofits with massive payrolls, I vastly prefer to donate my time and money to a charity where every dollar really does get used toward a better community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer at Waste Not Want Not, which is wonderful nonprofit rescuing food and distributing it to the needy of northeast Florida. Our dedicated volunteers make daily pickups at grocery stores, restaurants, bakeries, beverage distributors, and other sources. The rescued food is then sorted and consolidated into allotments specific to the needs of our nonprofit recipient groups.

Waste Not is a great way to serve two causes, the environment and the less fortunate. Waste Not expects to distribute over two million pounds of food this year to those in need. Please consider donating your time or money to Waste Not Want Not. Each $10 raised generates 140 pounds of food for those in need.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I work for a nonprofit, Pie in the Sky, we feed fruits and vegetables to seniors living below the poverty line in St John's County and Waste Not Want Not contacted our Director and asked if we could use bread and sweets for our seniors. We said yes and the rest as they say is history. We have been able to provide high quality bread and baked goods to our seniors every other week. Goods that would be out of their price range at the supermarket. Waste Not Want Not is an organization that is run professionally and with a great caring heart. We appreciate want they provide and our seniors are thrilled.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an outstanding nonprofit in every way. By rescuing food that would otherwise be discarded, its 270 volunteers were able to provide 1.9 million pounds of food to those in need last year. I volunteer for the organization and get a great deal of satisfaction in knowing that my efforts have an immediate and significant impact on nearby communities. After working with this nonprofit and seeing the dedication of its volunteers, executive director, volunteer coordinator and board, I became a donor. There's no doubt in my mind that I'm contributing to an organization that's really making a difference!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am writing for a soup kitchen that directly benefits from Waste Not-Want Not's program of food distribution. We have been receiving food products from Waste Not-Want Not for a number of years and their food gleaning has permitted our kitchen to provide more balanced and flavorful meals. The sauces they donate make our soups a more flavorful product; also the side dishes and desserts are of a better variety and quality. We receive a substantial amount and assortment of beverages to complement our meals, which have been a blessing for our guests. As long as I have been affiliated with this organization, the staff has been cheerful and helpful and I am pleased to work with this organization.
Putnam County Bread of Life, Art Harnack

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.