Creating new markets

Each year, 10 million pounds of food is wasted on farms – food is deemed unsellable because it does not meet cosmetic standards or is glut produce that the farmer cannot harvest or sell. Food waste at farms wastes not only the food itself, but also the resources that was used to grow it.

20% of all of the water we use is for growing food that we will never eat.

In partnership with Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance, 412 Food Rescue launched UglyCSA in 2016 to create new markets for previously unsellable produce – benefiting farmers and preserving the resources that went into food production.

UglyCSA directly benefits 412 Food Rescue’s mission of keeping perfectly good food out of the waste stream.

For 12 weeks during peak growing season (July – September), subscribers receive a weekly box of “ugly” produce and locally sourced items for just $20/week! Purchasing just one UglyCSA share saves ~1,350 gallons of water, equivalent to enough drinking water for seven people for an entire year!

“I just wanted to say thank you for an amazing first box. We’re blown away by the quality and variety of produce. We’ve had other CSAs before, but this is our first season with 412 Food Rescue. Thanks so much for everything you do.” – Andrea S. of Pittsburgh.

UglyCSA 2019 shares will be available to reserve soon!

Sign up below to join our 2019 waitlist! Waitlist subscribers get special discounts on UglyCSA 2019!

UglyCSA 2019 Details

Dates: Every Wednesday, July – September (exact dates TBD)
Cost: $240/12 weeks (plus $10 processing fee). Payment plans are available.
SNAP/EBT accepted!*

Pickup Neighborhoods (location are subject to change and new sites may be added):

  • East Liberty
  • Sharpsburg
  • Millvale
  • Greenfield
  • Southside/South Hills
  • North Side
  • Downtown
  • Lawrenceville

*SNAP/EBT subscribers must pick up in person and pay on-site at our office in East Liberty each week using their ACCESS card or cash.