Why Food Rescue?
According to Feeding America, 171,660 people in Allegheny County are food insecure, 43,090 of whom are children. There are many strong initiatives in our region whose mission is to alleviate hunger and facilitate access to those in need—from the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank to urban garden programs to farmer’s markets that accept SNAP/EBT. However, there is still much to be done.
On the other side of the problem is the fact that, on average, 40% of all our food is wasted—this translates to 20 pounds of food per person per month worth $165 billion a year. According to the National Resources Defense Council, over 50% of produce and almost 40% of grains is wasted.
412 Food Rescue aims to address this disconnect in supply and access by rescuing food and directly distributing to communities in need.