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Featured Volunteer: Steve Cherin

Hear from Steve Cherin, a devoted #foodrescuehero, about his experiences reducing #foodwaste and #hunger in #Pittsburgh!

How did you first learn about 412 Food Rescue?

We first learned about 412 Food Rescue at a going away party for Lee Ngo in July or August 2015, where Leah spoke about the organization. Then, we learned more at a Trashed event in November 2015, where we met Jen and Giselle and Jessica (who Estelle already knew).

Why do you volunteer?

After donating as part of my firm’s Holiday Gifts in 2016 (and again for the Big Green Truck and in 2016), I decided that it is valuable to volunteer as well as contribute.  

Please let our readers know how you volunteer.

After assisting with unloading the truck a few times and making a few pick-ups and deliveries, I decided it was best for me to have an established pick-up and delivery. Now, I deliver Bruegger’s Bagels to Braddock on Tuesday mornings.  I pick up in Squirrel Hill and drop off at the family health center in Braddock. Typically, I deliver two cases, but have delivered s many as seven cases (35 dozen!). It takes me about 30 minutes extra, but the appreciation shown makes it more than worthwhile. We still make a few other rescues in the East End and Downtown.

Has there been a highlight or a favorite moment since volunteering with 412 Food Rescue?

My best moment was being asked to be part of the dedication of the Big Green Truck and finding my logo on the back of the truck! Wow, what an honor!

If you could give someone one reason to volunteer with 412 Food Rescue, what would it be?

By volunteering you meet some great and committed people solving two problems (food waste and food shortages), with a great system that makes it super simple. You can volunteer as much or as little as you want and at times that fit in your schedule. And, the parties are great with rescued food and beverages!