What We Do

The mission of 412 Food Rescue is to prevent perfectly good food from entering the waste stream.

Why We Do It

412 Food Rescue was founded as a direct response to the disconnect between food waste, hunger and environmental sustainability.

We waste up to 40% of our food globally1 —translating to over 1.3 billion tons annually.2

In the United States, we waste 62.5 million tons and spend $218 billion a year (or 1.3% of our GDP) in “growing, processing, transporting, and disposing of food that is never eaten.”3

Food waste has implications on both hunger…

In the United States, 1 in 7 are hungry. According to the United Nations, if we recover all the food that is lost or wasted, we will have enough to feed all those who are hungry, four times over.4

…and the environment.

Food production uses 10% of the energy budget, 50% of the land and 80% of all fresh water consumed in the U.S.7

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, over 97% of food waste generated ends up in the landfill.8

This comprises the single largest component of municipal solid waste9 —generating a large portion of U.S. methane emissions (a greenhouse gas 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide.)10

40% of food going to waste translates to 20 pounds of food per person per month, worth $165 billion a year.

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that 52% of fruits and vegetables go to waste6 —food that supplies that highest quality nutrition required to prevent obesity and disease.

1 (Project Bread, 2013)  2 (EPA, 2014)  3 (EPA, 2014)  4 (K.D. Hall, 2009)  5 (K.D. Hall, 2009  6 (USEPA)  7 (J. Buzby)

Staff

Jennifer England

Jennifer England

Program Director - Food Recovery

Rebecca Sufrin

Rebecca Sufrin

Communication & Engagement Associate

Ryan Geraghty

Ryan Geraghty

Program Assistant - Food Recovery Operations

Mel Cronin

Mel Cronin

Program Manager - Food Recovery Operations

Dan Scullin

Dan Scullin

Field Operations

Lydia Bestul

Lydia Bestul

Food Justice Fellow, Repair the World: Pittsburgh

Max Hill

Max Hill

Food Justice Fellow, Repair the World: Pittsburgh

Board

Sachal Lakhavani

Sachal Lakhavani

Board Chair - Founder, Srvd

Erin Hagan Hart

Erin Hagan Hart

Board Vice Chair - Director, American Healthcare Group & Founder, Farm to Table Pittsburgh

Beth Slagle

Beth Slagle

Board Secretary - Counsel, Meyer Unkovic & Scott

Jack Jordan

Jack Jordan

Board Treasurer - CEO, COO of RE Whittaker Co

Tony Macklin

Tony Macklin

Principal, Tony Macklin Consulting

Beth Kracklauer

Beth Kracklauer

Editor, The Wall Street Journal

Ralph Gross

Ralph Gross

Chief Scientist, Disruptive Robotics

Samantha Dye

Samantha Dye

Director, National Council for Jewish Women

Eileen French

Eileen French

Partner, Revive Marketing Group

Terri Hammond

Terri Hammond

Manager of Business Systems, ThistleSea Business Development, LLC

Leah Lizarondo

Leah Lizarondo

Co-founder & CEO, 412 Food Rescue

Gisele Fetterman

Gisele Fetterman

Chair Emeritus & Co-Founder, 412 Food Rescue

Technology Team

Technology Board

Sachal Lakhavani

Sachal Lakhavani

Ameesh Kapoor

Ameesh Kapoor

Ralph Gross

Ralph Gross

Julia Poepping

Julia Poepping

Marta Dalton

Marta Dalton

Development Team

Nomiki Petrolla

Nomiki Petrolla

Greg Hopkins

Greg Hopkins

Annaliese Vuong

Annaliese Vuong

SewnR Team

SewnR Team

Caleb Abraham

Caleb Abraham

Brad Moeller

Brad Moeller

Miranda Weston

Miranda Weston

Katherine Vargo

Katherine Vargo

Advisory Board

Drew Fields

Drew Fields

Partner, Mercury Strategies

Andi Fischoff

Andi Fischoff

Teri Rucker

Teri Rucker

Brie Adams

Brie Adams

Principal of MASD Online, Grants, and Outside Funding

Joe Stafura

Joe Stafura

CEO, Affective Computing Company

"412 Food Rescue has helped to ensure that no HACP resident will be denied access to
fresh, healthy food. Despite major cuts to the federal SNAP program....412 Food Rescue has managed to effectively end hunger in our public housing communities."

Michelle SandidgeHousing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh

History

412 Food Rescue was founded by Leah Lizarondo and Gisele Fetterman.

Lizarondo is an influential advocate for food, health and access in the region. She has served on the boards of Just Harvest and Grow Pittsburgh and her award-winning work has been featured on NPR, MSN, Oprah.com and local media.

Gisele founded The Freestore in Braddock which distributes surplus and donated goods for free to those in need and serves thousands of individuals all over Allegheny County.

Read the full history

Supporters

412 Food Rescue is grateful for the support of our partners.

Foundations

Henry L. Hillman Foundation
The Pittsburgh Foundation
The Wise Family Foundation of the Pittsburgh Foundation
The Heinz Endowments
The Forbes Funds
S. Kent Rockwell Foundation
The Rockwell Foundation
PNC Foundation

PNC Charitable Trust
Adams Foundation
Craftworks Foundation
The Opportunity Fund
McKeesport Hospital Foundation
Pitcairn Crabbe Foundation
Jefferson Regional Foundation
Turn2Foundation
EQT Foundation

Rochester Area Community Foundation
McAuley Ministries
Benter Foundation
GC Murpy Foundation
Ralph Cestone Foundation

Corporations

ThermoKing of Pittsburgh
EverPower Wind Holdings, Inc.
FedEx
Whole Foods Market
Rock Bottom

Eat n Park Hospitality Group, Inc.
Walters & Mason Retail Inc.
McGinnis Sisters Special Food Stores
Franktuary
Square Cafe

Mixtape
Morgan Corporation
Cherin Law Offices PC
Yelp

Organizations

Social Venture Partners
Boost
The Pittsburgh Banjo Club

East End Food Co-op
Pittsburgh Technology Council
Pirates Charities

The Lion’s Club of Pittsburgh
The Lion’s Club of Homestead

In-kind Partners

LUXE Creative
Revive Marketing Group

ESRI

Table Magazine

Government Partners

The Mayor’s Office of the City of Pittsburgh

Program Partners

Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance
Wigle Whiskey
East End Brewing

Zipcar
Healthy Ride PGH
Affective Computing Company

UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
Share our Strength

Special Thanks To

Mr. Andrew McCutchen