Philly Food Rescue believes that good food belongs to people, not landfills. We seek to eliminate hunger & promote health in our community by utilizing a community based volunteer network to rescue and redirect surplus food to organizations that serve households in need.

Our Goal: Eliminate Food Waste & End Hunger

21% of Philadelphians — over 300,000 people in the city — are hungry.

Philly has the highest poverty rate among the nation’s top ten cities. 

We waste up to 40% of our food globally — translating to over 1.3 billion tons annually.

Our Vision

We strive to provide service without burden by addressing the disconnect in distribution—in supply and access—by rescuing food about to go to waste and directly distributing to organizations that serve communities in need. We redirect unsalable yet fresh, healthy viable food directly to those organizations who are food insecure. We are not a food bank.

How We Do It

Using our Food Rescue Hero technology platform, we…
  • Work with food donors directly to tailor an operational solution that make sure food donations are picked up in a timely manner
  • Coordinate a last mile transportation network of volunteers for food to be claimed fast and delivered directly to the appropriate community partner (non-profits, schools, medical centers, etc)
  • Track data, measuring impact on hunger and the environment

Our Metrics

Lbs. Surplus Food Rescued
568,585 lbs 50%
Meals Provided
473,821 Meals
Rescues Completed
4,715 Rescues
CO2 Emissions
308,742 Emissions