Did you know that the average American contributes over 20 pounds of food waste per month? We focus on redistribution of fresh, healthy foods that would otherwise go to waste. The volunteers at Charlotte Food Rescue takes these foods and delivers them in an environmentally responsible manner via bikes and trailers. We work to end unnecessary hunger locally, simply by recycling what is already available.
We partner with businesses to identify food that would go to waste, primarily fresh produce that may have damage or blemishes, and deliver to organizations that are able to utilize it in a timely manner. Many of the larger food banks are unable to take in such items that have a short expiration date.
We visit the donors to collect the food, which doesn't require any storage and can be used immediately, and haul it directly to the organizations we're partnered with. Delivering on bikes whenever possible (except in extreme weather, due to illness or injury, and other factors beyond our control) is not only fun and promotes a healthy lifestyle, it's good for the environment too!
All of our food is protected by the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act and is generally prepared within 24-48 hours after receipt. To date, our parent organization, Boulder Food Rescue, has redirected over 500 tons of food, and that’s using bikes 85% of the time!
Our impact spans beyond food delivery, as we educate local communities on food justice, which is the idea that access to fresh, healthy food is a human right, not something to be reserved for those who can afford the more expensive pricing that comes with healthier options.
"The Food Rescue Alliance is a project of Boulder Food Rescue aimed at facilitating grass roots food recovery and movement-building around ending food waste and engaging in food justice both in the Rocky Mountain region, and around the country."
The project entails a peer-learning network; a way for food rescue organizations to share information and ideas. The group also assists in: creating resources to start new food rescue groups, technology development, organizing conferences, and executing research on food waste and recovery.
Charlotte Food Rescue aims to educate our communities about food waste and outreach is a critical aspect of what we do. You can read more about rescue organizations in our News section and if you are interested in having us speak to your group, you can email us at [email protected]
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