A third of all food globally produced is wasted. Food waste produces harmful carbon emissions when breaking down, making it the 3rd leading cause for climate change. Over 183,000 people in Palm Beach County alone suffer from food insecurity. Help to fill plates, not landfills.
HOW TO BECOME A FOOD RESCUER:
Sign up to become a food rescuer by filling out a short form with your information.
We'll add you to our team of food rescuers, and send you all the info you need to get started rescuing using the Food Rescue US app.
Adopt a weekly food run, or rescue for whenever it fits your schedule. Most food rescues take approximately 30 minutes.
By rescuing surplus food you'll be helping to eliminate hunger in Palm Beach County, AND helping the environment.
Have questions? View FAQs below.
1.) What is food rescue?
Food rescue is the practice of collecting edible food that would have otherwise gone to waste from restaurants, grocers and other food establishments and distributing it to local hunger relief agencies. Food rescue is extremely effective because it simultaneously gets food to those who need it, reduces food waste, and minimizes the amount of toxic emissions from food waste in landfills.
2.) Is it safe to donate, transport, and/or receive rescued food?
Yes. The Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Act passed into law by Congress in 1997 states that donors are protected from both civil and criminal liability when donating food in good faith to a non-profit organization even if the donated food later causes harm to a recipient. This law was created to encourage the donation of food and grocery products.
3.) What type of food is acceptable for donation?
Food Rescue US focuses on the rescue of fresh, healthy food that is surplus after large events, not marketable at retail due to nearing expiration dates or slight defects such as bruising or misshaping. Because we are uniquely able to deliver the food directly from the Food Donor to the Receiving Agency, we are able to provide access to fresh foods not typically accessible to food-insecure families due to high cost and inconsistent availability.
4.) Who can donate food?
We rescue excess fresh food from restaurants, grocers, bakers, caterers, farmer’s markets, company cafeterias and other local food establishments.
5.) Who receives the rescued food?
Food is delivered to local “Receiving Agencies” that serve food-insecure families. These include community soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters and other hunger relief organizations.
6.) How long does it usually take to do a food rescue?
A typical food rescue takes about 30 minutes. Our food rescues are designed to be quick so that the food spends minimal time in transport.
7.) As a volunteer, what is my time commitment?
The beauty of volunteering with us is that you design our own time commitment.
8.) Do I need a big car to transport the rescued food?
No. Food rescues vary in size so you can choose the ones that work best for you. The scheduling information on the app gives you all the details about the anticipated amount of food you’ll be rescuing.
9.) Will I get help loading and unloading my car?
Sometimes. One of our goals is to make the rescue and delivery of food as seamless as possible for the Food Donors and Receiving Agencies. We understand that their priority must be to run their businesses and organizations without distraction, so we try to make the amount of food reasonable for volunteers to manage themselves.
10.) How will the food be packaged?
Food will typically be packaged in either cardboard cartons or aluminum trays, depending on the type of food being donated.
11.) Can I bring my kids on a food rescue?
Yes, many volunteers do participate in food rescues as a family. But we ask that you please keep safety top of mind as we are rescuing and delivering food during regular business hours and want to be the least disruptive as possible.
Get started to day by signing up above or contact us at (561)203-5825/ info@VolunteersofThePalmBeaches.com .