What motivates you to give back?
See below for a complete list of volunteer opportunities:
Food Rescue Hero: Download the Food Rescue Hero app to view, claim, and complete both one-time and weekly food rescues! Available for both iPhone and Android devices.
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 at the top of the page, tell us other skills you have that you would be willing to share with 412 Food Rescue!
Volunteering with 412 Food Rescue
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.