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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 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

7 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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Donor

Rating: 5

Waste not want not rescues and provides 1.5 million pounds of nearly out of date and surplus food to qualified charities all over north east Florida all through volunteers.

2 Janice41

Donor

Rating: 5

Well, they did it again! Rescued nearly 2 million pounds of food and saved charities close to $4 million that they would have spent on food. In fact Waste Not Want Not has been doing this for the past 25 years! What I love about volunteering with Waste Not there are so many opportunities and ways to help. Waste Not has 2 paid employees, an Executive Director and Volunteer Coordinator. Two employees cannot begin to get everything done needed to run a business. This is why their volunteer base is so important, there are so many opportunities to help from admin, marketing, putting stickers on food. When I give money to Waste Not I know the funds are being used wisely. For every $1 spent Waste Not provided $27 worth of food to hungry people in 10 counties of north Florida. By being involved with Waste Not I know that I have made a difference in the lives of those who need help.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I'm truly amazed at how Waste Not Want Not can turn around 1.9 million pounds of food; for pennies on the dollar feed families, seniors and kids while saving other non-profits millions from their budgets.

I'm very glad to be associated with this organization!

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Donor

Rating: 5

WNWN is one of the most remarkable volunteer non-profits ever! The amount of food they gather from over 100 sites and redistribute to over 100 food serving non-profits all in the same day has to be witnessed to be believed! The 1,000,000+ tons of food saved/given out per year is only made possible by the selfless dedication of a small staff of 2 and a volunteer "army" of over 100! What a group!

Kim_97

Donor

Rating: 5

Waste Not Want Not, just like your Grandmother used to say! WNWN provides a wonderful service by picking up local businesses food/drinks that are considered not sellable. The fact if the matter is, we as a society are spoiled rotten and ungrateful. What we toss out as "waste" would be considered a feast by a whole lot if lesser privileged people. We don't buy fruit/vegetables if they are not up to our visual standards. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the food itself, we are just THAT ridiculous. WNWN takes that food and gives it to the needy. They depend wholly on volunteers and donors. I am so proud to be affiliated with this much needed service. WNWN should branch out to all corners of the earth!

Donor

Rating: 5

This is by far the most efficient food recovery organization, that i have ever had the pleasure being involved with. Organizational skills of staff and volunteers is exceptional. Keep giving it all you got and thanks for being part of the community.

Donor

Rating: 5

Waste Not Want Not is one of the best run non-profits in our area. On behalf of MPWC Charities, I commend this organization for what they do for the community. MPWC has made monetary donations to this charity for several years and have researched them thoroughly. They are an efficient, effective non-profit. Because we have similar missions, we feel we are able work together to achieve the greatest good.