About Us

The mission of 412 Food Rescue is to prevent perfectly good food from entering the waste stream.

Why We Do It

412 Food Rescue was founded as a direct response to the disconnect between food waste, hunger and environmental sustainability.

We waste up to 40% of our food globally1 —translating to over 1.3 billion tons annually.2

In the United States, we waste 62.5 million tons and spend $218 billion a year (or 1.3% of our GDP) in “growing, processing, transporting, and disposing of food that is never eaten.”3

Food waste has implications on both hunger…

In the United States, 1 in 7 are hungry. According to the United Nations, if we recover all the food that is lost or wasted, we will have enough to feed all those who are hungry, four times over.4

…and the environment.

Food production uses 10% of the energy budget, 50% of the land and 80% of all fresh water consumed in the U.S.7

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, over 97% of food waste generated ends up in the landfill.8

This comprises the single largest component of municipal solid waste9 —generating a large portion of U.S. methane emissions (a greenhouse gas 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide.)10

40% of food going to waste translates to 20 pounds of food per person per month, worth $165 billion a year.

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that 52% of fruits and vegetables go to waste6 —food that supplies that highest quality nutrition required to prevent obesity and disease.

1 (Project Bread, 2013)  2 (EPA, 2014)  3 (EPA, 2014)  4 (K.D. Hall, 2009)  5 (K.D. Hall, 2009  6 (USEPA)  7 (J. Buzby)

"412 Food Rescue has helped to ensure that no HACP resident will be denied access to fresh, healthy food. Despite major cuts to the federal SNAP program....412 Food Rescue has managed to effectively end hunger in our public housing communities."

Michelle SandidgeHousing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh


412 Food Rescue was founded by Leah Lizarondo and Gisele Fetterman.

Lizarondo is an influential advocate for food, health and access in the region. She has served on the boards of Just Harvest and Grow Pittsburgh and her award-winning work has been featured on NPR, MSN, Oprah.com and local media.

Gisele founded The Freestore in Braddock which distributes surplus and donated goods for free to those in need and serves thousands of individuals all over Allegheny County.

Read the full history