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