Philly-based Operation Food Rescue launched Food Connect is a an app which allows excess food from large events and restaurants to be donated to area food banks, pantries and emergency meal providers. Nearly 50,000 visitors are projected to visit Philadelphia for the DNC, which presents an opportunity to rescue leftover prepared and packaged food for the hundreds of thousands of people in need in our area.
We spoke with Megha Kulshreshtha, founder of Food Connect, about their mission. She said: “We know from the Pope’s visit last year that large events lead to increased tourism which also leads to increased food waste. With an estimated 70 billion pounds of food wasted in America each year, we knew we needed to form a collaboration to rescue as much of it as possible for those facing hunger in our area. From alleviating hunger, to optimizing our food economy, to reducing waste in our landfills, the benefits of donating surplus food are multi-fold and we’re thrilled that some of the city’s top hunger-relief organizations have joined forces to do something about it.”
Operation Food Rescue is a collaborative effort of Philadelphia’s leading anti-hunger organizations, including Food Connect, the Mayor’s Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity, Philabundance, the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger, the Philadelphia Food Policy Advisory Council and Share Food Program.
The app allows anyone with a surplus of food to request a pickup from their location. After the request is made, a driver will arrive at the donor’s location to pick-up the food and immediately deliver it to either a local food bank or nearby emergency food provider.
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To donate food, download the app through the following links: