In the US, nearly 40% of the food that we produce ends up in the landfill. This stands at stark odds with the fact that 1 out of every 6 people in this country are food insecure, meaning they don’t have access to adequate nutrition in their diet. Boulder Food Rescue is a non-profit organization that works to rescue and redistribute food that would otherwise go to waste to agencies that serve homeless, hungry and low-income people. We do this by encouraging grocery stores to donate their soon-to-expire fruits and vegetables and then by transporting these healthy foods directly to agencies to be used that day. We call this our direct, just-in-time delivery model. Furthermore, to minimize our environmental impact, we do as much redistribution as possible by bicycle.
In just 2 1/2 years we have been able to grow our operations significantly. We pick up 11 times a day, every day of the week from 15 different donor sites and deliver it to 40 different recipient sites just in Boulder alone. In total, we have rescued over 550,000 lbs. of good food.
Just this year, we have put on our first educational food justice summit. We are going to be hosting cooking and nutrition classes as well as working with the city to do food waste audits at grocery stores.
We have also successfully helped similar food rescue models start up in other cities such as Denver, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins, Jackson Hole, Portland and Seattle.