We are currently signing up volunteers for Pittsburgh! If you are interested in bringing food rescue to your city, please email us.
Our volunteers make the work happen. Our food rescue heroes transport food from our donors to our nonprofit partners. Pick ups happen daily and can be as quick as 30 minutes of your time.
You can volunteer as much or as little as you like. We alert our volunteers to available “rescues” and they respond to the ones that are right for them. Download our app (iOs or Android) to get alerts on rescues near you.
We also have group volunteering opportunities through our Hidden Harvest program and many other opportunities that fit your interests, skills and schedule!
412 Food Rescue has partnered with Zipcar and Healthy Ride to give everyone access to transportation for food rescues.
Food rescue heroes who want to use these services get a free hour—more than enough time to go from donor to nonprofit recipient.
Contact us to find out how to access these services.
See below for a complete list of volunteer opportunities:
Emergency Food Rescue Hero*: Volunteers are notified of food rescues directly on their smartphones using our 412 Food Rescue – Food Rescue Hero app (links at the bottom of the page). After accepting a rescue, volunteers follow the app’s prompts to immediately pick up and drop off ad hoc food donations. This is the most in-demand volunteer opportunity we have available, as our ad hoc rescues are unpredictable (which makes it more fun!).
Designated Food Rescue Hero*: Volunteers have a scheduled rescue each week between a designated donor and recipient. Rescues occur on the same day each week at approximately the same time. Volunteers are responsible for communicating their completed rescues to 412 Food Rescue staff and for providing at least 24 hours notice if unavailable to rescue (unless in the case of an emergency).
Hidden Harvest Program – Gleaning: Hidden Harvest and our small farm gleaning program are the two best opportunities for large groups. Hidden Harvest is a program to harvest fruit from Pittsburgh street trees and backyards that would have gone to waste, and in our gleaning program, volunteers harvest crops that are no longer sellable. Both opportunities require volunteers to get hands-on and in-the-dirt (or in-the-leaves), and are available during the Summer and early Fall.
Cooking Matters/Food Education: Share our Strength’s Cooking Matters program is a nationally recognized food education curriculum for parents. Volunteers can train as cooking and/or nutrition instructors and lead classes in their communities or at one of our recipient partner sites.
Event/Outreach: Throughout the year, 412 Food Rescue has events like dinners and fundraisers, as well as opportunities to do off-site volunteer outreach. Volunteers can assist in hands-on event support (setup and breakdown, greeting guests, loading materials, etc.), or encourage others to volunteer and get involved with our organization.
Administrative: As a growing non-profit, we can always use assistance in our office, from updating spreadsheets to stuffing swag bags or envelopes to making phone calls. If interested in a regular administrative volunteer opportunity, we can train you in a more specialized task and/or project.
Other Skills: Can you sing? DJ? Ride a unicycle? Design awesome graphics? In the Sign Up form below, tell us other skills you have that you would be willing to share with 412 Food Rescue!