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 ~2,110 gallons of water, equivalent to enough drinking water for 12 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 are now available!
UglyCSA 2019 Details
Dates: Every Wednesday, July 17th – October 2nd
Cost: $240/12 weeks (plus $10 processing fee). Payment plans are available.
Pickup Neighborhoods (location are subject to change and new sites may be added):
- Hazelwood – Community Kitchen Pittsburgh
- East Liberty – Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
- Millvale – Millvale Moose *SNAP/EBT Accepted!
- Greenfield – Coleman Street (private residence)
- Mt. Lebanon – Eden’s Market
- North Side – Threadbare Cider
- Downtown – TBD
- Lawrenceville – Spirit Lodge
- Wilkinsburg – Pittsburgh FIT
- East Liberty – Repair the World *SNAP/EBT ONLY!
*SNAP/EBT subscribers must pick up in person and pay on-site at our office in East Liberty or the Millvale Moose each week using their ACCESS card or cash.