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OCTOBER 24 & 25


Hosted in Pittsburgh, PA and streamed to a global audience, the Food Rescue Conference focuses on collaboration and exploring real world, actionable ideas, shifting the focus from food waste to fresh and innovative food recovery solutions and impact.

Speakers from:

  • National retail food industry
  • Nutrition security experts
  • Leading healthcare organizations
  • Food Recovery organizations and networks
  • Researchers and academic experts

Topics including:

  • Measuring impact
  • Hunger on campus
  • How to get started in food rescue
  • Putting food within reach
  • How to scale retail recovery
  • ROI of food rescue
  • Collaboration not competition

Communicate Our Shared Values & Impact

Become a sponsor of the Food Rescue Conference and showcase your role as an ally and leader for sustainability and nutrition security. Join the growing movement of food industry stakeholders and global visionaries united to identify real solutions for achieving zero waste and measurable climate change mitigation. Your support will demonstrate your commitment to collaborative, innovative initiatives with proven success for saving fresh, nutritious food as the cornerstone for immediately nourishing communities and thereby alleviating environmentally devastating food waste in the landfill.

This conference is about collaboration not competition. Invited speakers include those from several major food recovery networks. Your sponsorship will reach a broad group of stakeholders supporting many of the 300+ food recovery organizations in the United states.

Presented by Food Rescue Hero, representing a growing network of 17 partners in the U.S. and Canada, with a growing community of 50K+ volunteer drivers, diverting 188M pounds of perfectly good food from landfill and mitigating 340M pounds of CO2 emissions, as of March 2024.

“Food Rescue Hero is at the forefront of revolutionizing the food rescue community…They empower and strengthen local communities, foster collaboration among stakeholders, and raise awareness about the vital importance of food recovery.

Their actions and efforts not only nourish individuals in need but also contribute to building sustainable and resilient communities. Through their commitment to action and awareness, Food Rescue Hero is transforming the landscape of food rescue and inspiring others to join the cause.”

– ExtraFood



$15,000 investment

  • Both days website presence + livestream recording + Keynote
  • “Presenting sponsor” spotlight on promotional and collateral materials
  • Mention in opening and closing remarks
  • Include in digital hype video for introducing livestream
  • Sponsor thank you social media posts
  • 6 virtual conference registration tickets


$10,000 investment

  • Single day website presence + livestream recording
  • Mention in opening and closing remarks
  • Prominent logo on promotional and collateral materials
  • Sponsor thank you social media posts
  • 4 virtual conference registration tickets


$5,000 investment

  • Single day website presence
  • Logo on promotional and collateral materials
  • Sponsor thank you social media posts
  • 2 virtual conference registration tickets


$2,500 investment

  • Half day website presence
  • Logo on promotional and collateral materials
  • Sponsor thank you social media posts
  • 2 virtual conference registration tickets


Alternatively, checks made payable to 412 Food Rescue can be mailed to:
412 Food Rescue
Development Department
6140 Station Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
412 Food Rescue’s EIN: 47-3476140
*Food Rescue Conference is an event hosted by Food Rescue Hero™, a subsidiary of 412 Food Rescue.
For questions or if an invoice is needed to process payment, please contact Meg Bernard at
Logo Artwork:

Please provide the following to Karen Plate at

  • Logo(s) as transparent PNG or SVG files
  • Size/resolution at least 500px or highest that can be provided
  • Please include which logo version is preferred

What is Food Rescue Conference?

The second annual conference focused solely on the nuts and bolts of scaling food recovery and its impact. Collaboration is the theme of this year’s conference focusing on how we can learn from others in the food recovery space and grow our collective impact together.

We have local and national sponsors and partnerships, highlighting the multi-dimensional commitment to making a greater impact, together.

Why a Food Rescue Conference?

Food recovery is a complex but highly effective way to address multiple systemic problems by reinventing a local food system. We hear lots of conversations about why food rescue, but precious few about how. There are a multitude of unique challenges and opportunities presented when scaling food recovery, since time is of the essence when diverting perishable food from getting wasted. Nearly as important, the food needs to be paired uniquely with people who can use it right away.

This conference brings together the people on the ground doing the work every day to learn from each other, talk about trends, get actionable information, and problem solve topics and issues uniquely relevant to food recovery. A Food Rescue Conference gives stakeholders an opportunity to share ideas and create community, connections and foster collaboration.

The model of food recovery and redistribution not only enables access to healthy food, but it allows us to bring food to where people already are—overcoming barriers to food access like transportation and time. 80% to 90% of the food recovered is fresh: produce, meat, dairy, bread, and more.

Food recovery contributes to upcycling, like creating beer, smoothies or meals from surplus food, and distributing “unsellable” produce in CSA programs.

Zero Waste and Zero Hunger initiatives uniquely benefit from food recovery activities as well, which attracts a broad array of stakeholders, activism and policy change makers to the table to discuss the future of food rescue.

While the 2023 Food Rescue Conference is virtual for the general public, we hope in the future to be able to bring together the food recovery community in person to learn from each other and continue to grow the transformative work we are all doing!

Why Food Rescue?

Food Rescue is an investment into our future. Rescuing good food about to get thrown away uniquely addresses the climate impact of food in a landfill, provides expanded access and food within reach, and chips away at the chronic health conditions plaguing society by enhancing not just food security but nutrition security.

According to the United Nations, if we recovered all the food that is lost or wasted, we would have enough to feed all those who are hungry, four times over.

That’s because we waste a lot of food—up to 40% of our food globally, while 1 in 10 people go hungry every day. Even worse, food waste is an environmental problem. Food production uses 10% of the energy budget, 50% of the land and 80% of all freshwater consumed in the United States. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, over 97% of food waste generated ends up in a landfill.

What’s unique about food recovery?

Food recovery is the “and” not the “or,” working to fill the gaps by getting retailers and other consumer facing businesses to 7 day a week fresh rescue. Furthermore the influx of fresh food requires expansion of access sites greatly enhancing food access and putting food within reach of more families and individuals who are experiencing food insecurity. The thousands of volunteers rescuers represent a growing network of people who intimately understand the connection between ending food waste and ending hunger. They are the consumers who support the businesses making a commitment to zero waste and sustainability.

Food Rescue Conference 2024 Partners