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The Food Rescue Hero technology platform enables a scalable impact on food waste, food insecurity, and climate change.


Meet the team behind Food Rescue Hero

Meg Bernard

VP of Development

Victoria Della Rocca

Partnerships Lead

Danielle DeWitt

Senior Development Manager

Danielle Engelhaupt

Deployment and Quality Assurance

Jennifer England

Head of Partnerships

Juan Fernandez

Junior Full Stack Developer

Sean Hudson

Data & BI Analyst

Ameesh Kapoor

Head of Engineering

Jessica Parker

Junior Software Engineer

Karen Plate

Digital Specialist

Hannah Ridge

Director of Partner Success

Jake Tepperman

Partner Success Manager

Chris Winters

Senior Software Engineer

Jill Wright

Support Specialist


The staggering statistic that we waste up to 40% of our food supply while over 800 million are undernourished (UN) is an unacceptable disconnect.

According to the UN, we produce enough food to feed everyone who is food insecure four times over. Moreover, food waste is one of the leading causes of greenhouse gas emissions (FAO).

Food Rescue Hero rose out of a demand to respond to this challenge. The technology platform works to address waste at the retail segment of the supply chain, where approximately 40% of food waste occurs—approximately 25 million tons per year in the US (ReFed).

In 2016, the Food Rescue Hero platform was launched and piloted by 412 Food Rescue in Pittsburgh. In 2018, the technology began its first pilots outside of Pittsburgh via partners in San Francisco (Food Runners), Philadelphia (Philly Food Rescue) and Cleveland (Hunger Network Food Rescue). In 2020, it received Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas Award. In 2022, the network has expanded to 14 partners covering over 25 cities and reached 100 million pounds of food recovered.

Food Rescue Hero’s goal is to serve 100 cities by 2030, working with a food recovery network to contribute significantly to the UN Sustainable Development Goals by directly responding to SDG 12.3 Responsible Production and Consumption—reduce food waste by 50%, SDG 2 Zero Hunger, and SDG 13 Climate Action.

Food Rescue Hero has been featured on CNN, NPR, Stanford Social Innovation Review, The Washington Post, NowThis, US News & World Report, Martha Steward Living, among others.




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Executive Committee

Beth Slagle, Chair

Counsel, Meyer Unkovic & Scott
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James Langton, Vice Chair

Director, Global Transaction Services, Bank of America
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Andrew McKinley, Treasurer

Senior Manager | Tax Services, Ernst & Young LLP
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Tony Macklin, Secretary

Principal, Tony Macklin Consulting
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Brandon Dudt-Mulzet

VP Global Program Manager of Community Impact, BNY Mellon
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Mary Beth Green

Chief Innovation Officer, Sheetz
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Ralph Gross

Chief Scientist, Disruptive Robotics
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Jon Meck

Vice President of Marketin, Bounteous
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Mercy Senchur

Chief Operating Officer, Eat’n Park Hospitality Group
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Anna Siefken

Commercialization Executive, Office of Technology Transitions, US Department of Energy
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Technology Advisory Board

Julien Delange

Founder, Codiga
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Ralph Gross

Chief Scientist, Disruptive Robotics
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Julia Poepping

Founder, Red Chair Pittsburgh
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Greg Hopkins

Principal Crafter, 8th Light
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Sriram Palghat

Product Management, Argo AI
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