Drive-in Movie Night to Raise Funds for Saving Grace Perishable Food Rescue

Saving Grace Perishable Food Rescue ( has moved its annual fall fundraiser and birthday celebration to a socially distanced drive-in movie event. On Thursday, October 8, the movie Wasted! The Story of Food Waste will be shown at Falconwood Park in Bellevue. Gates open at 6:30 p.m., and the program begins at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are $50 each and include movie snacks. The event features a raffle and other donation opportunities, a cash bar and gourmet snack trays for purchase. Guests also will hear about Saving Grace’s work with area food vendors and nonprofit partner agencies to combat food waste and provide healthy food to feed the hungry. Proceeds raised by the event will support Saving Grace’s work of connecting nutritious surplus food to seniors, children, veterans and families most in need. In the Omaha-Council Bluffs area, over 100,000 children, seniors and families experience hunger regularly, and the needs have increased during the pandemic.

Wasted! The Story of Food Waste, produced by the late Anthony Bourdain, aims to change the way people buy, cook, recycle, and eat food. The movie shows how small changes, such as using excess food to feed the hungry, can help solve the problem of food waste. Attendees also will see how some of the world’s most influential chefs make the most of every kind of food, transforming what most people consider scraps into incredible dishes that create a more secure food system.

Since operations began in October 2013, Saving Grace Perishable Food Rescue has rescued more than 4.8 million pounds of healthy perishable foods—including fruits and vegetables; milk, yogurt and cheese; prepackaged sandwiches and prepared meals; turkeys and other meats—and redistributed it to over 40 nonprofit partner agencies that feed the hungry. For more information, contact Beth Ostdiek Smith at / (402) 215- 6718. To find out more about the event and purchase tickets, go to