Home Delivery

A volunteer walks up the steps of a Pittsburgh home with a box of fresh food to deliver.

We're on a mission to make healthy food convenient and accessible to all.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, 412 Food Rescue recognized the need for home-bound seniors and other vulnerable communities to have fresh, healthy food delivered to their doorstep. We piloted home delivery with a group of our most active Food Rescue Heroes, and delivered 5,000 food boxes to nearly 2,000 households in Pittsburgh and Beaver County during the first 6 months of the pandemic.

Here’s how it works:

412 Food Rescue works with our nonprofit partners to identify individuals in need of home food delivery. Once an individual is on our list, we dispatch qualified volunteers, called Food Rescue Heroes, to pick up food boxes and deliver to several households in one trip.

Get involved:

Nonprofit organizations interested in partnering with 412 Food Rescue to serve home-bound individuals should contact Mel Cronin at mel@412foodrescue.org.

Volunteers interested in delivering food directly to homes, at this time, must complete a Pennsylvania State Background Check. Please complete the following process and provide a copy of the record. This process is free and takes approximately 5 minutes. Even if you have already done this for another organization, we ask that you complete this for 412 Food Rescue as well.

    1. Go to epatch.state.pa.us
    2. Fill out requested information
      Volunteer Organization Name – 412 Food Rescue
      Volunteer Organization Telephone Number – 412-407-5287
    3. Select “New Record Check”
    4. Fill out all information requested
    5. “Submit request”
    6. You will receive immediate results if there is no criminal record associated
    7. Click on the 9-digit control number (combination of letters and numbers)
    8. Click “Certification Form”
    9. Click “Save” as a PDF
    10. Email the PDF as an attachment to volunteer@412foodrescue.org
      Subject line: “FIRST NAME LAST NAME – Background Check”

Individuals in need of food should contact Pennsylvania 211 to be matched with available services in your area. Dial 2-1-1 or text your zip code to 898-211.