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This Non-Profit Saves Millions of Pounds of Food

Ride along on a food rescue and see how you can get involved. All it takes is a smartphone and a set of wheels.


In 2017, over 1 in 8 Americans suffered from food insecurity, which is a lack of consistent access to food. That's 40 million Americans, including 12 million children, according to Hunger and Health.

On the flip side, over 40% of the food in America is never eaten. So what can we do to fill the gap?

412 Food Rescue, a tech company based in Pittsburgh, but expanding across the United States, has saved and re-purposed over 7 million pounds of food since 2012. That adds up to about 38 million meals. But how are they doing this?

They developed an intuitive app, which you can download here, to connect excess food with organizations in need by crowdsourcing volunteer drivers.

412 Food Rescue is expanding far beyond the "412".

The app sends a push notification when there's a donation available for pickup nearby. The driver accepts the pickup (similar to Uber or Lyft) and delivers the food to the identified organization. An in-app map navigates you the whole way.

Kelly from Sparkt got a closer look at the process by riding along with Sarah, a founder of the food rescue, on a delivery from a local cafe to a children's crisis nursery.

If you sign up with 412 Food Rescue to help bridge the gap, we'd love to hear your story here on Sparkt !

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