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412 Food Rescue
412 Food Rescue uses the power of volunteers and technology to match food donations to the nonprofits that need them most. Focused on bringing food to people where they are, the 412 Food Rescue model works to eliminate two barriers: transportation and time. Those who live in poverty have limited mobility, which impacts every aspect of their lives, including access to food. 412 Food Rescue partners with housing authorities, subsidized day care centers, senior centers, after-school programs and community and family centers to identify new food access points (beyond traditional food pantries) within a 15-minute walk.
Founded by Leah Lizarondo, 412 Food Rescue has been listed as a World Changing Idea by Fast Company and received global recognition during the United Nations General Assembly’s “We Power” event. To date, the organization has rescued over 8 million pounds of food. As the COVID-19 crisis goes on, the organization continues to serve vulnerable populations with a ramped-up home delivery program. 412 Food Rescue has operations in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Cleveland, San Francisco and Prince William County, Virginia, with plans to expand to Vancouver, Los Angeles, Cincinnati, Austin and Honolulu.