Philadelphia’s Leading Hunger-Relief Organizations Team Up to Release Food Rescue App for DNC
Philadelphia, PA, July 15, 2016 – Today Operation Food Rescue launched Food Connect, an app aimed at reducing hunger in the area and rescuing food that would otherwise go to waste during the Democratic National Convention (DNC). Operation Food Rescue is a collaborative effort of the city’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. This app, called Food Connect, is available for download now on iPhone and Android. The accompanying website is www.foodconnectgroup.com.
Operation Food Rescue will bridge the gap between surplus food and hunger by transporting excess food from large events, and from restaurants, in Philadelphia 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.
Megha Kulshreshtha, founder of Food Connect, 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 multifold and we’re thrilled that some of the city’s top hunger-relief organizations have joined forces to do something about it.”
In Philadelphia, one in four people are food insecure, which is almost twice the national average. There are also more than 500 food pantries and soup kitchens; In a 2015 study of 200 of them, nearly 90% either ran out of food or had to provide less to those in need at some point during the year.
To donate food, download the app through the following links:
To become an agency recipient or to volunteer your time, go to www.foodconnectgroup.com/dnc-operation-food-rescue.html
For more information, please contact:
Stefanie Arck-Baynes, Deputy Director of Communications at Philabundance, at 215-339-0900 x1503 or 917-710-1901
Tom Mahon, Communications Manager at The Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger, 215-430-0555 x110 or 267-481-0411
Beth Broady, Outreach Director at Share Food Program, at 215-223-2220 x117 or 270-776-2202
About Food Connect
Food Connect aims to bridge the gap between surplus food and hunger. The organization works closely with donors and food recipients to ensure it is safe and easy for them to make and receive donations. By eliminating some of the current barriers in the food donation process, Food Connect aims to create a culture of giving. Food Connect currently serves the greater Philadelphia area, along with surrounding counties. To become a donor, download the Food Connect app or check out our website www.foodconnectgroup.com.
Philabundance reduces hunger and food insecurity in the Delaware Valley by providing food access to people in need in partnership with organizations and individuals. It serves more than 90,000 people per week through neighborhood distribution programs and a network of more than 350 member agencies in 9 counties. In 2015, Philabundance distributed nearly 30 million pounds of food. For more information about Philabundance, visit www.philabundance.org or call 215-339-0900.
About the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger
Founded in 1996, the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger strives to build a community where all people have the food they need to lead healthy lives. The Coalition connects people with food assistance programs and nutrition education; provides resources to a network of food pantries; and educates the public and policymakers about responsible solutions that prevent people from going hungry. For more information, visit hungercoalition.org.
About Philadelphia Food Policy Advisory Council
The Philadelphia Food Policy Advisory Council (FPAC) facilitates the development of responsible policies that improve access for Philadelphia residents to culturally appropriate, nutritionally sound, and affordable food that is grown locally through environmentally sustainable practices. Learn more at https://phillyfpac.org/about/
About Share Food Program
Celebrating 30 years of nourishing community, Share Food Program continues to serve a regional network of organizations engaged in food distribution, education, and advocacy. Through 500 volunteer-led food cupboards, Share brings 26 million pounds of emergency food relief to Philadelphians facing hunger. Share’s low-income senior boxes reach more than 5,000 households; its grocery packages offer families 40 percent savings; and its Nice Roots Farm grows just over 20,000 pounds of produce. For more information on food resources and volunteer opportunities, visit sharefoodprogram.org or call 215-223-2220.
About Shared Prosperity
Shared Prosperity Philadelphia builds a foundation for systemic, long-term change in how the City assesses, confronts and reduces poverty to create a thriving Philadelphia for everyone. Shared Prosperity Philadelphia focuses on maximizing the impact of every federal, state and philanthropic anti-poverty dollar coming into the City while pursuing additional funding. To aid collaboration among the many individuals, organizations and agencies involved in fighting poverty, it promotes a philosophy of “collective impact” that establishes a common agenda, a shared measurement system and continuous communication. http://sharedprosperityphila.org