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Nonprofit Overview

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 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 2,000 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 14,000 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 14 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: 14,000 people each week

Geographic areas served: North Florida

Programs: Food Rescue and Distribution. In 2016, we distributed two 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

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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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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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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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...!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.