Beyond our tech platform, 412 Food Rescue operates two hunger relief programs inside the Millvale Food & Energy Hub. We transform surplus foods into healthy, heat-and-eat meals and groceries distributed to our neighbors experiencing food insecurity.
Good Food Project
At the Good Food Project, we create innovative solutions to reduce food waste and increase food access.
Good Food Project Kitchen
In response to large volume donations 412 Food Rescue’s non-profit partners struggled to receive, the Good Food Project (GFP) was born in 2019. Currently helmed by Chef Greg Austin, GFP stabilizes and transforms surplus food into healthy, frozen meals. These meals follow the MyPlate model as a guide in creating a wholesome good that is served with dignity. Each meal is housed in compostable packing and rescues good food from otherwise ending up in landfills.
Get Involved: Up to two people at a time can volunteer. No formal kitchen training is required.
- Monday and Friday 10am – 2pm
- Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 10am – 3pm
Grocery Bagging Program
Launched in October of 2021, the Grocery Bagging Program (GBP), in partnership with the Housing Authority of City of Pittsburgh (HACP) leverages large donations of fresh, frozen, and non-perishable items from donors like Gordon Food to provide nutrition assistance to communities experiencing food insecurity. After repackaging bulk foods into individual servings, over 500 grocery bags are packed and loaded onto our truck each week to be distributed over various HACP locations.
Get Involved: Up to six people at a time can volunteer. Participants MUST be able to lift ~25 lbs.
- Monday 1-4pm
- Tuesday 10am-1pm and 1-4pm
- Wednesday 10am-1pm
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About the Millvale Food + Energy Hub
The Good Food Project found a home at 112 East Sherman St. in 2019; the reformed Moose Lodge showcases potential through collaboration housing several non-profit partners. Owned by New Sun Rising and shared by Sprezzatura Cafe & Catering, Fracktracker, and The Food Trust, the building displays a community kitchen, cafe, event, and training space powered through solar energy.
Inside, The Good Food Project works to further 412 Food Rescues sustainability goals by maintaining a zero-waste status through the help of tools like Leanpath, a tracking and measurement-focused technology solution that compiles and analyzes data to illuminate an operation’s food waste stream. While Leanpath works with thousands of kitchens around the world, the Good Food Project application is trend-setting as it starts out with surplus food, using ingredients that would otherwise have gone to waste.
This tracking program allows for data-informed decisions and goal setting to acutely target areas of need and respond promptly. To further reduce any building waste, Zero Waste Wrangler is incorporated to meet any composting needs and actualize a low-impact operation.