Community Takeout

A scale-up of the Double Play program founded by Dr. Mark Baratz to support restaurants and our community one meal at a time.

In response to COVID-19 and the impact that it has had on small businesses and hunger, 412 Food Rescue launched Community Takeout – a program to provide healthy meals to those in need throughout our community while simultaneously supporting local restaurants.

Why Community Takeout?

The program’s goal is to support restaurants through this crisis by providing compensation for restaurant workers to create single-serve meals that will then be distributed to families in need.

The program was founded in May 2020 as a scale-up of the Double Play Program founded by Dr. Mark Baratz, and has since been responsible for the purchasing of over 20,000 meals from local restaurants and redistributing those throughout our communities. In just 10 weeks, this program served up 15,000 meals to people in need, financially supported our restaurant partners below, and raised $30,000 to help industry workers.

Donations were directed to restaurants to cover meal costs, expenses related to logistics, delivery and program coordination, and a portion benefited the Greater Pittsburgh Restaurant Workers Mutual Aid (PRWA) — a grassroots organization aiding unemployed restaurant workers. We are grateful for the support of the community and all who donated to 412 Food Rescue’s Community Takeout Program.

The program has since expanded to region-specific iterations in partnership with Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership and District 8, in addition to generous individual donations.

How it Works:

Donations are directed to restaurants to cover meal costs, expenses related to logistics, delivery and program coordination. We are grateful for the support of the community and all who donated to 412 Food Rescue’s Community Takeout Program.

How you can help:

By donating just $10 you can provide one meal to a neighbor in need while supporting an independently-owned, local restaurant.

$10 = 1 meal
$70 = 1 week of meals
$140 = 2 weeks of meals
$300 = 1 month of meals

Want to get your restaurant involved?

If you would like your donation to go to a specific restaurant, please reach out to info@412foodrescue.org, but please note that there is a minimum donation size.

We plan to support as many restaurants as possible during this difficult time, however, due to demand, we have a waitlist for participation. If you are an independently-owned restaurant in the Pittsburgh region and would like to participate in Community Takeout, please fill out this form and we will let you know when a spot opens up.

Current and Former Participating Restaurants: