Food Rescue US Receives $100,000 “A Community Thrives” Grant From USA TODAY NETWORK and The Gannett Foundation

Food Rescue US will receive $100,000 for to support the expansion of Food Rescue US – Detroit.

(Norwalk, CT) – Food Rescue US was announced a grant recipient of A Community Thrives, a grantmaking and crowd-funding program from the USA TODAY NETWORK and a part of the Gannett Foundation, today. Food Rescue US will receive $100,000 to help support the expansion of Food Rescue US – Detroit.

A Community Thrives supports non-profit organizations with projects focused on community building and has helped to contribute more than $12 million since 2017. This year, A Community Thrives engaged participants in 45 states. Food Rescue US was named one of 16 winners in the national grant program. 

Food Rescue US is committed to reducing food waste and hunger in America. Through a technology-driven solution, Food Rescue US empowers volunteer food rescuers to transfer excess food from local businesses and provide it to social service agencies supporting the food insecure. Since launching in 2011, Food Rescue US has provided over 53 million meals to food insecure individuals and kept over 71 million pounds of food out of landfills. The A Community Thrives grant will support the expansion of Food Rescue US – Detroit and provide for the growing number of individuals and families experiencing food insecurity in Detroit and the surrounding communities. 

“We’re proud to be able to support the expansion of Food Rescue US – Detroit through this generous grant from the Gannett Foundation,” said Carol Shattuck, CEO, Food Rescue US. “After only one year in operation, Food Rescue US – Detroit has built a strong community of food donors, local agency partners, and volunteer food rescuers that uses our unique model to address the growing needs throughout Metro Detroit. This grant will truly be a gamechanger for the work being done in Detroit.” 

Food Rescue US – Detroit launched in 2019 under the leadership of Site Director Darraugh Collins. Since then, they have gone on to partner with 51 local food donors, 66 social service agencies supporting the food insecure, and over 100 volunteer food rescuers to help establish a community that recovers excess food and provides it to those in need within Detroit. Food Rescue US – Detroit’s impact has grown immensely, especially since the start of the pandemic, and they have provided over 2.9 million meals to those in need and kept 3.5 million pounds of food waste out of landfills. This grant will support their continued expansion, allowing them to increase the amount of excess food provided to those that need it most. 

“We are proud of the work Food Rescue US – Detroit has done to enhance the Detroit community. At Gannett, we take pride in supporting the organizations that make a positive impact in their communities. Through A Community Thrives, we lend financial support to that purpose as well as rally the whole community to champion a good and meaningful cause,” said CEO and Chairman Mike Reed

About A Community Thrives

A Community Thrives is a grantmaking and crowd-funding program from the USA TODAY NETWORK and is part of the Gannett Foundation. A Community Thrives supports non-profit organizations with projects focused on community building and has helped to contribute more than $12 million since 2017.

About USA TODAY NETWORK 

USA TODAY NETWORK, part of Gannett Co, Inc. (NYSE: GCI), is the largest local-to-national media organization in the country, powered by our award-winning newsrooms and marketing solutions business. With deep roots in local communities spanning the U.S. with more than 250 local media brands, plus USA TODAY, we engage more than 140 million people every month through a diverse portfolio of multi-platform content offerings and experiences. For more information, visit www.gannett.com. 

About Food Rescue US

Food Rescue US, a national nonprofit organization, is a leader in reducing both hunger and food waste in America by connecting the vast amount of healthy, fresh surplus food with the critical hunger demand.  Through the use of its proprietary app, Food Rescue US provides the platform for volunteer food rescuers to directly transfer excess food from businesses to local social service agencies that feed the food insecure. By providing food that would otherwise be wasted and delivering it to the food insecure, Food Rescue US is keeping this wasted food from ending up in landfill where it decomposes, creating methane gas that warms the planet. Since 2011, Food Rescue US has helped launch food recovery communities in 39 locations across the country, providing more than 53 million meals and keeping over 71 million pounds of food out of landfills. For more information or to download the app, visit www.foodrescue.us, find us on Facebook @FoodRescueUS or follow us on Twitter @foodrescueUS.