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ISSUES: 412 Food Rescue reducing food waste in Pittsburgh and beyond

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412 Food Rescue was started as a direct response to the disconnect between food waste, hunger and environmental sustainability. In just five years their network of volunteer food-recovery drivers has prevented over 10 million pounds of good food from going to landfills by redirecting surplus food to organizations serving those in need.

PITTSBURGH -- It's an alarming figure from the United States Department of Agriculture: 40% of food goes to waste, while one in seven people go hungry.

Using technology and the support of a vast network of volunteers, 412 Food Rescue has created the world's largest network of food-recovery volunteers.

Founded by Leah Lizarondo, 412 Food Rescue was started as a direct response to the disconnect between food waste, hunger and environmental sustainability.

In just five years their network of volunteer food-recovery drivers has prevented over 10 million pounds of good food from going to landfills by redirecting surplus food to organizations serving those in need.

Next month, Lizarondo will be honored with the Vital Voices Global Leadership Award for her work impacting global change.

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Jennifer England, Senior Program Director and David Primm, Chief Program and Impact Officer recently appeared on "Issues on the Point" to explain how volunteers use their Food Rescue Hero app and how they've been able to expand their impact to other major cities, along with their plans to expand to other areas in western Pennsylvania.

Find more information on volunteering and the work of 412 Food Rescue online.

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