412 Food Rescue: 70 million pounds of surplus food has been already converted into 57 million meals


“There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread”

                                                                  – Mahatma Gandhi


As per the calculations available, approximately one-third of the food produced is wasted globally. 

This is equal to 1.3 billion tonnes annually. 

And on the other side, roughly 20 million people die each year because of hunger.


There’s a non-profit organization in Pittsburgh called 412 Food Rescue.

 They’re in touch with numerous restaurants, hotels, and other local businesses where they can find thousands of pounds of surplus food that donative. 

They’ve already created a huge food transport network in single urban regions. 

Magically, the contribution from the public was heartwarming. As the contribution is huge enough, the 412 Food Rescue team started a kitchen, the Good Food Project.

Good Food Project volunteers cooking – 412 Food Rescu
Good Food Project volunteers cooking – 412 Food Rescu

The solar-powered kitchen is so special that it does not produce any food waste and pays no money for food.


The kitchen is recovering and distributing the surplus food effectively every day. 

Roughly 25% of the landfills and garbage are food waste. Slowly, this much amount of food waste is creating greenhouse gases and influencing our mother nature badly.


So the Good Food Project is diverting excess food to their kitchen from going to landfills. 

After the fine treatment, these foods are distributed to their nonprofit partners.

Finally, they will serve these foods to the needy. Main donations are from partners like Gordon Food Service.

412 Food Rescue CEO Leah Lizarondo
412 Food Rescue CEO Leah Lizarondo

Leah Lizarondo is the CEO and Co-founder of 412 Food Rescue.


She later developed an app called Food Rescue Hero that gives volunteers data about pick-up and delivery locations.

The app is used by 25,000 volunteer drivers in 15 cities and still growing the network. They’re making 600+ meals per week and the rate of meal production is increasing.

They’ve already converted more than 70 million pounds (31000+ tonnes) of surplus food into 57 million meals and attenuated 30 million pounds(13000+ tonnes) of CO2.

“When you see possibilities, you cannot unsee them,” said Lizarondo.

A little while back, Lizarondo received an Economic Empowerment Award for her great contribution to the world

Lizarondo reacted to the news that she would receive the award by saying

“I am humbled. In awe. And eternally grateful.”


Proudly, this project is not only just delivering foods to the needy, but also they’re reducing CO2 levels, fighting climate change, fighting against food insecurity, and more.


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