By: KDKA-TV News Staff
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Over 12,000 412 Food Rescue volunteers have completed more than 100,000 rescues.READ MORE: COVID-19 In Pennsylvania: 40.1% Of State's Eligible Population Have Received 1st Vaccine Doses
The nonprofit organization is powered by the technology platform Food Rescue Hero, which gets volunteer drivers to “rescue” surplus food from retail stores and restaurants and bring it to a site where people who experience food insecurity can get to it.READ MORE: Former East Carnegie Volunteer Fire Department Chief Accused Of Theft Pleads Guilty
The so-called “Food Rescue Heroes” have saved more than 17 million pounds of food, or the equivalent of 14.2 million meals, that otherwise would have been thrown out.
412 Food Rescue says pre-pandemic, they were averaging about 1,900 rescues a month. From March 2020 to March 2021, they were averaging 2,900 rescues.MORE NEWS: Keeping Middle Seats Empty On Airplanes Can Reduce Risk Of COVID-19 Exposure By Up To 57% Says CDC Study