With 40% of all food wasted, and 1 in 10 going to bed hungry, Food Rescue US - South FL is committed to reducing food waste and food insecurity in South FL. Using our web-based app technology, we engage volunteers to transfer would be wasted fresh food from local businesses to social service agencies serving the food insecure. Food Rescue US has provided more than 6.5 million meals to those experiencing food insecurity and kept more than 7.8 million pounds of food waste out of landfills across South FL. We partner with over 200 food donors, 1200 food rescuers, and 80 social service agencies. Because of our direct-transfer model, we are able to rescue fresh, healthy perishables and prepared meals and provide them directly to agencies serving the food insecure, increasing the overall nutritional value of the meals our agency partners can serve.
Food Rescue US - South FL was founded in 2018 on the concept of empowering communities. All participants in our work are members of the community that we serve, including our Site Director, food donors, food rescuers, and social service agency partners. Our model connects community members whose paths may never have crossed and gives South FL the resources they need to serve themselves. Local volunteers use their personal vehicles to transport food and engage directly with our partner agencies, allowing them to experience the results of their efforts firsthand and immediately. Many members of the Food Rescue US - South FL movement have shared that their work with Food Rescue US - South FL has deepened their commitment and sense of belonging to their community.