Our Impact

Woman delivering a grocery bag of food to an elderly woman

We’ve proven that food rescue is about way more than just food.

There are many ways to measure impact and success. Maybe you’re a numbers person and want to peruse reports and resources. Maybe you’re more interested to hear how our work is reducing food waste and hunger among community members, from community members. Or maybe you want to explore both.

By The Numbers

Our pioneering work in the Pittsburgh community within our first three years of operations has significantly impacted food insecurity among the populations we serve.

Research

Does food rescue work?

Third-party research from Dr. Catherine Greeno from the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Social Work, modeled after the USDA Food Insecurity survey, shows that we improve food security in 88% of the population we reach.

Where is food insecurity in Allegheny County?

Our approach to food distribution is grounded in an understanding that the last mile, including removing barriers such as transportation and time, is key to ensuring food access. We break the norm on where food should be available. In this process, we reach an unprecedented number of people in poverty.

From the Heart

Partners, Clients, Volunteers & Donors

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 SandidgeChief Community Affairs Officer, Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh

I would not make it through the end of the month food wise without this.

Nonprofit partner client

During one of my regular rescues, there are often several residents who usually help to unload my car. Initially, they were shy and barely responded to my greeting. Now, when I visit with the donation, there is plenty of chatter and smiles from most of them. 412 Food Rescue presents opportunities to engage with a variety of folks who feel forgotten, creating connections.

Joann AurandFood Rescue Hero

It is comforting to know that by donating food to 412 Food Rescue, our department helps to control waste and provide food to food insecure populations through an agency that practices the same safety and sanitation procedures that our department practices. . . . A volunteer with 412 Food Rescue can take pride in knowing that their work provides one of the greatest services that can be provided to mankind.

Curtistine WalkerDirector of Food Service, Pittsburgh Public Schools

Meet Hilda and Hope

See how a chance meeting during a food rescue connected a Food Rescue Hero and a nonprofit partner site volunteer.