412 Food Rescue


40% of all food goes to waste while 1 in 7 goes hungry. 412 Food Rescue is a nonprofit with an innovative technology-based model that aims to fight hunger and promote sustainability by preventing perfectly viable food from entering the waste stream and directly distributing to those who are hungry. Over 1,000 Food Rescue Heroes connect to our app to help rescue food and end hunger.

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412 Food Rescue is an innovative grassroots organization that aims to fight hunger and promote sustainability by preventing perfectly viable food from entering the waste stream and directly distributing to organizations that benefit those who are food insecure. 412 Food Rescue is a direct response to the disconnect between the fact that we waste 40% of our food while 1 in 7 goes hungry. 412 Food Rescue matches food donors and beneficiaries by mobilizing a community of volunteers to transport food between locations. Since March of 2015, 412 Food Rescue has rescued over 1.5 million pounds of food and provided over 1,250,000 meals. Over this project's first three years, our initial estimate is that 412 Food Rescue will save over 2.5 million pounds of food, valued at over $6 million. This will provide approximately 1.9 million meals. 412 Food Rescue is looking forward to building infrastructure that will facilitate the redirection of food surplus to those who are hungry.
In a letter sent to 412 Food Rescue in 2016, the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh wrote that, "Despite major cuts to the federal SNAP program, HACP's relatively recent collaboration with 412 Food Rescue has managed to effectively end hunger in our public housing communities. Historically our communities have averaged 5 to 7 emergency referrals for families without food each month. Over the course of the last six months however, HACP has received zero referrals for families without food."

Housing authority residents were interviewed about the impact rescued food has had on their lives, below are a few comments.
"Before 412 I went hungry. I ate peanut butter and crackers and cereal. I just fed myself the best I could. Now I have good meals with what I buy with food stamps and cash along with 412. I can manage this into so many meals and snacks."

"Residents are really starting to get excited about [412 Food Rescue deliveries] because there is always something different and we never know what we are going to get…and we have had some really cool surprises."

"We have always eaten a lot of fruits and vegetables, so [the food delivery] has really added to our diet; more fruits and vegetables. My kids like vegetables, but they also like fruit, so a lot of times we now have a fruit and vegetable with every meal. I think that is pretty good. It cuts out the starch. Now we have a meat and a veggie and a fruit, and they are not eating the rice and pasta as much because we have replaced it with a helping of fruit or two veggies. It has helped a lot."