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 and their staff through this crisis by providing compensation for single-serve meals that are then be distributed to families in need.
The program launched 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 roughly 100,000 meals from local restaurants and redistributing those throughout our communities. In the first 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 have been 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 evolved to include region-specific iterations in partnership with Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, City of Pittsburgh District 8, and now Allegheny County, 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:
At this time, we are seeking volunteers to support the delivery of meals for the Community Takeout Program. Download the 412 Food Rescue app to get started.
Want to get your restaurant involved?
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.