About Food Rescue US
Food Rescue US is the simple solution to ending local hunger. We are a technology based, volunteer-driven, direct-transfer platform that is simple, sustainable, and replicable. Volunteer food rescuers across the country deliver fresh food from businesses that have too much to people who have too little. Food Rescue US is the only organization in food rescue operating with our unique model.
Food Rescue US is committed to ending American food insecurity by engaging volunteers to transfer fresh, usable, excess food from grocers, restaurants, and other sources to hungry families throughout the US.
The Food Rescue US Difference
The unique use of our award-winning proprietary mobile technology increases access to fresh produce and perishables that are not available through the traditional warehouse models of food delivery that have long dominated the hunger and food-insecurity sectors. The traditional model requires warehousing and shelf time, not allowing for the delivery of fresh perishables. Our food is always transferred directly from point A to point B and nowhere in between, eliminating costly warehousing and staffing necessary in traditional models. Those same models become even less cost effective based on our model’s 100% use of volunteers to transfer recovered food, since we have also eliminated the staffing, transportation, fuel and insurance costs.
We believe in the power of community to make change. People working together toward the common goal of ending food insecurity is what drives our mission.
Gratitude is at the core of our work and we recognize the profound importance of every food donor, food rescuer, social service agency and partner organization with whom we work.
We strive to be the smart, creative leader in all we do. From our strategies to our implementation, we continually push the envelope of innovation.
Every food run, every meeting, every story is fueled by people with a passion to reduce hunger and food waste in the Unites States. Shared passion energizes our work.
The simplicity of the Food Rescue US model is what enables us to be nimble, cost-efficient and able to replicate our model wherever there is need.
A few years ago I was thinking about how we give. People from all walks of life give regularly to their favorite causes, but what about companies, do they give?
I started a web-based software company several years ago called WhenToManage; in a nutshell, we give restaurant operators a simple way to manage their labor, inventory and reporting. We are a small and quickly growing company and I thought we should start giving something; every little bit helps, right?
What to give? Well, we could give money, that’s the obvious choice. What about our time? What about our talent? What are we good at? It just so happens that our company is very good at taking complicated tasks and building web applications to make them much simpler. Could we use that talent for some good cause?
Since restaurants are what we know, I started there. I know restaurants throw away a lot of food. A lot. Maybe we could save that food from getting wasted and get it to people that are hungry. So I started to dig deeper. Food insecurity is a real problem in parts of the U.S. Too many families don’t have a good idea where their next meal is coming from. So we definitely have people in need of that resource; what about the other side?
Would restaurants be willing to do it? After the earthquake in Haiti, fundraising for disaster relief seemed to be successful because all someone had to do was type five numbers into their cell phone and they donated. It was simple. If we could make it that simple for restaurants to participate, how could they say “no”?
I pitched the idea to my team. We started calling some restaurant operators and some support agencies and there was definitely food to save and definitely people that needed it. Now the only question left was “can we make the process simple enough for everyone?”
I firmly believe that we can.
When my friend Jeff first mentioned the idea of a tech-driven solution to hunger and food waste, there were two things that immediately appealed to me.
First, since I was trained as a pastor, I have long been convinced that the solution for people who are in need in any way (including hunger) almost always lies within the passion and compassion of their neighbors. In other words, governmental solutions will always fall short of what a community can do to take care of themselves. Jeff’s proposed solution was all about providing tools to empower communities to take care of communities, and I loved the idea.
Second, I was drawn to the idea of an app where I could find ways to care for my community in a self-directed, on-demand way. My personality type is less about scheduling a few weeks out and more about waking up in the morning and saying, “hey let’s do this!’ and the food rescue app was designed perfectly for me. Come to find out it works well for those that want to schedule way out too!
Tech-powered, direct-transfer, volunteer-driven food rescue has been the best idea I’ve ever been able to be part of advancing. It’s been very humbling to see the amount of people who have responded and all the good they’ve done, and I’m convinced because of initiatives like this, hunger in the United States has a shelf life.
Kevin works as a pastor in Norwalk, CT where he lives with his wife and three children.