Food Rescue Program Reaches 1 Million Pound Milestone

412 Food Rescue donates more than one million pounds of food to Allegheny Co. Food Rescue, more than five million pounds overall.

A group that "rescues" food that would otherwise be thrown away has reached a big milestone. 412 Food Rescue announced it has rescued and donated more than one million pounds of food for the Allegheny County Housing Authority. The Pittsburgh-based non-profit works to feed the hungry in our area by reducing food waste.

412 Food Rescue primarily "rescues" donations from corporate partners including Giant Eagle, Trader Joe's and Gordon Food Services. The donations are then distributed to other local organizations to reach those in need. Since its inception in 2015, 412 Food Rescue has rescued more than 5.6 million pounds of food in the area.

If you want to get involved to help cut down on food waste and feed others, you can download the Food Rescue Hero app on your phone right now. Just search "Food Rescue Hero" in your app store. Here's how it works: you'll be notified when there are donations available to be picked up from a corporate partner in your area. For example, you may get a notification for several pounds of broccoli at a Trader Joe's. The app will then give you directions to the store, and then to a local distribution center to drop it off.

Search for Food Rescue Hero in your app store, and download the app to your smartphone.

412 Food Rescue spokesperson Jessie Marsh says more than 10,000 people have downloaded the app, but the organization is always looking for more Heroes. You can also click here to make a financial donation to support 412 Food Rescue.

For more information on how food waste contributes not just to local hunger, but to damaging environmental consequences as well, you can click here.

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