Feeding the Hungry with Excess Perishable Food

  • The uncertainty of not knowing where one’s next meal will come from is a reality in the greater Omaha area.
  • One in 7 people in Douglas County struggle with food insecurity.
  • The Environmental Protection Agency estimates more food reaches landfills and incinerators than any other single material in our everyday trash.

Saving Grace Perishable Food Rescue believes it just makes sense to feed the hungry with excess perishable food that would otherwise be wasted. And that’s what we have been doing since October 2013. Our grassroots efforts began with three food donors, and the food we picked up from them was delivered to three local food pantries. By the time we celebrated our fifth birthday on Sept. 30, 2018, our food donor network had expanded to 51 locations of grocery stores, wholesalers, convenience stores, event venues, caterers, restaurants, schools and other food purveyors.

Using refrigerated trucks, our professional drivers/food handlers pick up the donated dairy products, fruits and vegetables, prepared and packaged meals, meats and other healthy foods and deliver them the same day, free of charge, to local nonprofits that feed the hungry. By Sept. 30, 2018, we were partnering with 37 local shelters, food pantries, senior citizen centers, after-school programs, transitional living facilities and other nonprofit agencies operating at 40 locations.

From October 2013 through December 2018, we rescued and distributed over 2.9 million pounds of perishable food.

Learn more about Saving Grace. View our 2017 Impact Report and watch John Knicely's WOWT feature on Saving Grace.