According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in 2013, 37 million tons of wasted food were thrown away in the United States. At the same time, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reports approximately 14% of American households were uncertain of having or unable to acquire enough food to meet the needs of all of their members at some time during 2013. In many cases, the food tossed into our nation’s landfills is wholesome, edible food.
Each week the Big Reach Center of Hope rescues more than 1,500 pounds of food from local restaurants, bakeries, and hospitals. By March 2013 we had already rescued more than 20,000 pounds of food. This rescued food is given to families in need in our community.
Our Food Rescue program is vital in keeping Center of Hope's pantry stocked with food to help fight hunger in Mahoning, Columbiana, Trumbull, Portage, Stark, and surrounding counties.
If you are the manager or owner of a restaurant or bakery and would like to learn more information or wish to sign up for this program, please call or email today!
In 2013 we rescued over 235,313 pounds of food.
We would like to extend a big and heartfelt thank you to ALL of our donors!