About 412 Food Rescue: Driven by the belief that good food belongs to people, not landfills, 412 Food Rescue launched in Pittsburgh, PA in March 2015 to divert fresh food from getting wasted to people facing food insecurity. Today it’s the largest volunteer food rescue organization in the country with a growing community of 20,000+ volunteers. Since 87% of the food for pick up is fresh, timely delivery is essential. The 412 Food Rescue app makes claiming food rescues easy and convenient, guiding each volunteer every step of the way from pick up to delivery, yielding a 99% service rate by the volunteer fleet, outperforming many commercial delivery services. As of October 2022, our Home Delivery Program has delivered 100K meals directly to the homes of our isolated Pittsburgh neighbors.
In the United States, as much as 40 percent of food produced is wasted, while 1 in 8 people go hungry. To date, 412 Food Rescue has diverted more than 21 million pounds of food bound for the waste stream in Western Pennsylvania, the equivalent of 18 million meals, mitigating 11 million pounds of CO2 emissions in the process. On a monthly basis, the organization works with 260 food retailers and 320 nonprofit partners. 412 Food Rescue is powered by thousands of volunteers and Food Rescue Hero®, the only food recovery platform purposefully designed to make greater impact, together.
About Food Rescue Hero®: Purposefully designed to automate the time consuming and variable coordination of food recovery, Food Rescue Hero enables scalable impact on food waste, food insecurity and climate change. Since 87% of the food for pick up is fresh, timely delivery is essential. In the United States, as much as 40 percent of the food produced is wasted while one in five people goes hungry. Food waste is also one of the leading causes of greenhouse gas emissions. Since 2016, the Food Rescue Hero Network, made up of 15 partners in the US and Canada, and a growing community of 38K volunteer drivers, has diverted 124 million pounds of perfectly good food from the landfill and mitigated 67.7 million pounds of CO2 emissions. Piloted in Pittsburgh, Food Rescue Hero facilitates partner growth and multi-county expansion, aiming to scale food recovery in 100 cities by 2030 and measurably support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2, 12 and 13.