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Waste Not

Waste Not is eliminating food waste and hunger through innovative community partnerships.

Scottsdale, AZ   |  www.wastenotaz.org

Mission

At Waste Not, we’re creating sustainable food systems that help people and the planet flourish. We do this by eliminating food waste and hunger through innovative community partnerships. For over 35 years, Waste Not has been reimagining and reinventing the food rescue process in Arizona. Through innovative partnerships with Valley businesses and other nonprofit organizations, we rescue perishable food before it goes to waste and get it to those in need. Our team of both professional and volunteer drivers collects fresh food from local food businesses such as catering companies, grocery stores, resorts, and event venues, and then delivers that food to nonprofits who provide critical community services, such as housing and employment assistance.

Notes from the nonprofit

Waste Not has spent more than 35 years serving the Valley of the Sun and its hungry adults, youth and children. We have gone from being fairly unknown to attracting much more general public, media, and donor attention through hard work at our unique niche with a one-and-only mission of rescuing fresh, perishable food from those who do not need or want it and delivering it to those who do. We collaborate with nearly 100 organizations and rely exclusively on the community for support. The fact that we have saved millions of pounds of food from ending up in local landfills means that we've been green before it was much of a movement in our country. We have also been an organization known for its transparency. We achieved the top 4-star rating from Charity Navigator in 2016 and have now reached the GuideStar Platinum Level. We hope you will consider learning even more about us and supporting our work. Thank you!

Ruling year info

1990

Executive Director

Ms. Hillary Bryant

Main address

1700 N Granite Reef Rd

Scottsdale, AZ 85257 USA

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EIN

86-0650514

NTEE code info

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

At Waste Not, we’re creating sustainable food systems that help people and the planet flourish. We do this by eliminating food waste and hunger through innovative community partnerships. A great deal of time, money, and resources go into growing and delivering nutritious food. Yet, each year, 40% of that food is thrown away. At the same time, nearly 1 million people in Arizona are struggling with food insecurity. We’re transforming this broken system by connecting tens of thousands of Arizonans with quality food that would have otherwise gone to waste. By reimagining what’s possible for food rescue, we’re making our community and our planet healthier.

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 & DELIVERY PROGRAM

For over 35 years, Waste Not has been reimagining and reinventing the food rescue process in Arizona. Through innovative partnerships with Valley businesses and other nonprofit organizations, we rescue perishable food before it goes to waste and get it to those in need. Our team of both professional and volunteer drivers collects fresh food from local food businesses such as catering companies, grocery stores, resorts, and event venues, and then delivers that food to nonprofits who provide critical community services, such as housing and employment assistance.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Families
Refugees and displaced people

Where we work

Awards

Outstanding Achievement in Innovation & Non-Profit of the Year 2009

Channel Eight - PBS - BE MORE AWARDS

Climate and Health Champion 2021

Maricopa County Department of Public Health

Recycler of the Year 2021

Arizona Recycling Coalition

Anne Sullivan Award 2022

Arizona Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired

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
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth

Related Program

FOOD RESCUE & DELIVERY PROGRAM

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our accomplishment of rescuing millions of pounds of food each year that would otherwise go to waste and delivering it to those in need is made possible by the generosity of our community!

Number of adults and children fed annually

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

Adults, Children and youth

Related Program

FOOD RESCUE & DELIVERY PROGRAM

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We estimate that based on significant increases in the millions of pounds of fresh food delivered each year that the number of un-duplicated individuals we are able to feed has also climbed.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

● We're reducing environmental waste and providing tens of thousands of Arizonans with healthy meals each year.
● By connecting nonprofits in our community with fresh food, they’re able to focus on meeting other critical needs of the individuals and families they serve.
● As we divert food waste, we also ease the financial burden on our community resources.
○ In 2018, we saved 3.5 million pounds of food, generating $4,014,500 of economic value for the Valley.

Waste Not's Food Rescue & Delivery Program operates with a straightforward, uncomplicated strategy. Simply put, Waste Not collects excess perishable food from food businesses and delivers it to over 70 nonprofit agencies feeding their hungry clients - including two of our community's most vulnerable populations – children and the elderly.

Five days per week, Waste Not's fleet of 6 refrigerated trucks is on the road collecting up to 10,000+ pounds of perishable food per day. Currently, we have over 100 food donor partners with pick-up points all across Maricopa County. Our "food-handler certified" drivers currently deliver the fresh food the same day it is collected to diverse organizations, including: schools, after-school programs, daycare centers, food banks, senior facilities, shelters, transition homes and rehabilitation centers, representing 7 service delivery sectors. Our strategies to reach the goals described above include giving a voice to those who regularly live with food insecurity; communicate whenever possible to our community on how we all can waste less food while also helping thousands of adults and children; participate in as many community-wide initiatives as possible to reduce local hunger and food waste.

Waste Not holds a distinctive position in the Valley's efforts to alleviate local hunger. While we are not a food bank, we function uniquely with a same day pick up and delivery operation. Our "same-day" deliveries are made to a network of diverse recipient agency partners, reducing their food costs and enabling them to maximize limited resources for the many services they specialize in providing to their clients in need.

We have been working on our one-and-only program and mission of rescuing fresh, perishable food for over 35 years. Our operation is nothing short of a logistical marvel--as we make real-time decisions based on daily food needs and supply.

We have celebrated 35 years reducing food waste and hunger in the Metro Phoenix Area. We coordinate and collaborate with other nonprofit agencies to successfully deliver on our mission of feeding hungry men, women and children each day. While we have been one of those best kept secrets in the charitable world of nonprofits in the Phoenix area, we are actively changing this by increasing our footprint--not only with the significant amounts of fresh food delivers each year (now up to three MILLION pounds annually), but also as a voice for the hungry and for those concerned about the harmful effects of food waste --nationally 40% of food produced is thrown away!

Join us in this movement. For more information, see our website: www.wastenotaz.org

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.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome

Financials

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Operations

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

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Waste Not

Board of directors
as of 12/08/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Jenny Holsman-Tetreault

TPI Composites

Term: 2021 - 2023

Linde Harned

People Ink.

Wendy K. Brooks

Scout Mortgage

Christina Dicksen

Experience Scottsdale

Jennifer Wargo

Waste Management

Solange Whitehead

Scottsdale City Council Member

Christopher Wodarcyk

Empire Southwest

Rachel Monti

Swift Transportation

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 ? Yes
  • 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? Yes
  • 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 12/8/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/08/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.