412 Food Rescue, Inc.

Good food belongs to people, not landfills.

Pittsburgh, PA   |  http://412foodrescue.org

Mission

We prevent perfectly good food from entering the waste stream by redirecting it to those who are experiencing food insecurity. Because we believe good food belongs to people, not landfills.

Ruling year info

2015

Co-founder and CEO

Leah Lizarondo

Main address

6140 Station Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15206 USA

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EIN

47-3476140

NTEE code info

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

412 Food Rescue responds to the disconnect between the 35% of food that is wasted and the 1 in 7 households that are food insecure. Food waste is also the single-largest component in municipal landfills and one of the leading causes of greenhouse gas emissions. Surplus food in the retail sector accounts for almost half of all food that is wasted. Traditional logistics models are not appropriate for recovering food in small quantities, unpredictable surpluses and highly perishable food. Fresh, healthy foods only make up about 15% of what is provided in traditional hunger organizations. Additionally, barriers to access, such as transportation and time, prevent many from receiving food they need. 412 Food Rescue has created innovative, people-powered technology and a network of volunteers, food donors, and nonprofit partners to bring fresh, healthy food to where people are.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Food Rescue

412 Food Rescue brings perfectly good surplus food to individuals and families experiencing food insecurity. Volunteers transport this food from businesses to nonprofit and similar community groups through the use of civic engagement and an innovative mobile technology powered by Food Rescue Hero.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Food Rescue Hero is a technology platform solution that mobilizes volunteers to transport surplus food to those who need it. The Food Rescue Hero app addresses the logistical challenges of food rescue through community-powered networks. Volunteer drivers are alerted when surplus food is available to be picked up near them.

As of May 2021, the technology solution was being used in 11 cities across North America. In support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, our goal for Food Rescue Hero is to implement this model and technology solution in 100 cities by 2030.

For more information visit https://www.foodrescuehero.org/

Population(s) Served

UglyCSA creates new markets for previously unsellable produce. These items are deemed unsellable because it does not meet cosmetic standards or is glut produce that the farmer cannot harvest or sell. Food waste on farms impacts not only the food itself, but also the resources that was used to grow it. Purchasing just one UglyCSA share saves approximately 180 lbs of good food and 2,450 gallons of water, equivalent to enough drinking water for 13 people for an entire year!

412 Food Rescue sells shares to individuals to provide an earned revenue stream for the organization to operate like mission-driven activities.

Population(s) Served
Farmers

The Good Food Project stabilizes and transforms a portion of surplus food rescued from businesses into healthy prepared meals for 412 Food Rescue’s nonprofit and community partners and serves as a space for volunteer and community engagement and food education.

Population(s) Served

412 Food Rescue partnered with Single Stop to introduce an online screening tool that condenses thousands of pages of social service eligibility rules into a simple, confidential, 15-minute process to make sure everybody receives all of the benefits and resources for which they qualify.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Hidden Harvest is an urban gleaning program. By harvesting fruits and vegetables from public and privately owned trees, orchards, farms, and gardens, volunteer groups harvest produce that would otherwise go to waste and redistribute it to nonprofits that serve those who are experiencing food insecurity. A percentage of the harvests, mostly inedible fruits, have been earmarked for the production of innovative, value-added product partnerships with local businesses that have supported 412 Food Rescue with earned revenue and brand awareness.

The program also offers businesses and other volunteer groups interested in working together to engage in 412 Food Rescue's mission of ending food waste and hunger.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

In response to COVID-19 and the impact that it has had on small businesses and hunger, 412 Food Rescue launched Community Takeout – a program to support restaurants through this crisis by providing compensation for restaurant workers to create healthy, single-serve meals that are then distributed to families in need.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Cooking education provides individuals with the tools they need to feel empowered to feed their families. This means supporting every step of the cooking process, including which items to pick when shopping at the store, how to process those ingredients, tricks to alter recipes to make them appetizing and especially ways to reduce food waste.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Accreditations

Greatnonprofits Top-Rated Nonprofit 2020

Awards

"Innovator" profile 2016

ReFED

Zero Waste Achievement Award 2016

Pennsylvania Resource Council

Zero Waste Achievement Award 2017

Pennsylvania Resource Council

Distinguished Organizational Leadership Award 2017

Pittsburgh Coro Center for Civic Leadership

Best Nonprofit of the Year 2017

Pittsburgh City Paper

Start-up of the Year 2018

Pittsburgh Technology Council

Pittsburghers of the Year 2018

Pittsburgh City Paper

Information Technology Award 2019

Carnegie Science Center

World Changing Ideas 2020

Fast Company

Innovation Award "Teach for a Better World" 2020

Consumer Technology Association

Neighborhood Builders Award 2020

Bank of America

Pittsburgh Smart 50 Award 2020

Smart Business

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total pounds of food rescued

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In Pittsburgh, perfectly good, healthy food is rescued from entering the landfill by redirecting it to people in need. Of all the food rescued, 87% is produce and other fresh items.

Number of meals served or provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

412 Food Rescue believes everyone has a right to convenient, healthy food. We bring food to where people are and empower families to make healthy, delicious meals.

Number of carbon emissions prevented (estimated by CO2 equivalent)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Food is the #1 material in landfills and if food loss and waste were its own country, it would be the third-largest greenhouse gas emitter.

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

With a 99% service level and moving half of all food rescued, our network of dedicated volunteers make food rescue possible by bridging the last mile between food donors and our nonprofit partners.

Number of food donation partners

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our network of food donors is comprised of distributors, grocery stores, restaurants, caterers and other ServSafe certified providers.

Number of organizational partners

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our nonprofit partners include housing authorities, daycare centers, churches and more. This allows 412 Food Rescue to reach beyond existing pantries, bringing food to where people are.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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412 Food Rescue, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 5/4/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Beth Slagle

Meyer Unkovic & Scott

Term: 2017 -

James Langton

Bank of America

John Jordan

RE Whittaker Co.

Tony Macklin

Tony Macklin Consulting

Christopher Arnold

Schell Games

Rebecca Harris

Center for Women's Entrepreneurship at Chatham University

Mary Beth Green

Sheetz

Ralph Gross

Disruptive Robotics

Leah Lizarondo

412 Food Rescue

Anna Siefken

CMU Scott Institude for Energy Innovation

Mercy Senchur

Eat'n Park Hospitality Group

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 04/23/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian American/Pacific Islanders/Asian
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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