Saving Grace Reaches Milestone of 5M Pounds of Food Rescued
Five million pounds—that is the amount of food Saving Grace (savinggracefoodrescue.org) Perishable Food Rescue has rescued to feed the hungry since operations began in October 2013. In recent months, Saving Grace has adapted operations to meet the evolving needs for food during the pandemic. As normal pickups decreased when some businesses closed or experienced supply chain disruptions, Saving Grace partnered with community groups and provided logistics and transportation services to help with emerging needs for food delivery. Saving Grace picked up perishable food from businesses that closed their kitchens because of COVID-19, transported USDA Farmers to Families Food Boxes to nonprofit agencies and schools to feed their clients, and connected excess produce from community gardens with those who are hungry.
“This allowed us to increase the amount of perishable food provided to our nonprofit partner agencies asking for more food for their clients because of greater needs,” said Beth Ostdiek Smith, founder and CEO. “We are grateful for the community embracing our simple mission to feed hungry people rather than landfills with surplus food.”
Saving Grace Perishable Food Rescue is the only nonprofit organization providing Omaha with a perishable food rescue dedicated to feeding the hungry with nutritious surplus food that otherwise would go to waste. To learn more, visit savinggracefoodrescue.org. Call (402) 215-6718 to reach the office or (402) 913-6776 if you are a food donor/recipient.