FACTS AND FIGURES:
17% of Travis Country residents, including 25% of children in Austin, experience food insecurity.
Throughout the city, grocery stores discard many tons of food each day despite it being perfectly edible. The city of Austin is encouraging alternatives for this "organic waste" besides sending it to the landfill. However, most of it is still wasted and never put to its intended use.
In fact, nearly 40% of the food that is grown in the U.S. is never consumed.
WHAT WE ARE DOING:
Save the Food is dedicated to putting nutritious food to its best use: feeding our community! We serve grocery stores in Austin that would otherwise waste thousands of pounds of perfectly edible food every day because it reaches its sell-by date or is slightly blemished. Our reliable daily service will pick up this food at no cost to the business, then deliver it to community centers, food pantries and soup kitchens across town. We currently recover over 5,000 pounds of food every week! Our goal is to reach 20,000 pounds of food every week in 4 years!