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Saving Grace Truck

Why it Matters!

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Wasted Food

In the U.S, more than 30% of food available goes unsold or uneaten. While a very small portion of this is donated to those in need, the vast majority becomes “wasted food,” going straight to the landfill.

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FOOD INSECURITY

Food insecurity is about more than experiencing hunger. People often lack access to healthy foods, such as produce, meat, fresh milk and eggs – the exact types of food that make up most of the wasted food.

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The Environment

Wasted food is bad for our environment. Not only is wasted food a drain on natural and economic resources, wasted food in the landfill creates harmful greenhouse gases adding to global climate change.

Saving Grace Provides Food To People in Need

We Do This By:

• Connecting excess perishable food donated by local food vendors to organizations that serve people experiencing food insecurity.
• Providing Omaha’s only dedicated perishable food rescue service.
• Operating a fleet of refrigerated vehicles with professional food ambassadors/drivers.
• Picking up food five days a week from local food vendors.
• Delivering it the same-day, free-of-charge, to local nonprofit partner agencies.

We make a difference in our community by:

• Making it easy for businesses to donate excess perishable food
• Creating greater equity in our food system by providing more people access to fresh, nutritious food
• Reducing the amount of wasted food in our landfills
• Helping our environment by saving the resources necessary to produce the food we rescue
• Supporting long-term health benefits linked to a more nutritious diet

Meet Our Team

Beth Ostdiek Smith

President/CEO and Founder

Gillian Cromwell Cuevas

Partnerships and Programs Manager
Autumn Taddicken

Autumn Taddicken

Organizational Project Manager

Rita Heaston-Clark

Development Manager

Adrienne Carpenter

Administrative Office Manager

Field Operations Team

Randy Hansen

Field Manager

Timothy Wyatt

Lead Driver/Food Ambassador

Jay Olson

Driver/Food Ambassador

George Hughes

Driver/Food Ambassador

Outsourced Talent

Sherry Thompson

Communications/Grant Writer

Denise Houston

Houston & Houston Accounting

Board Members

Lenli Corbett

Chair

Thomas Hall

Vice Chair Elect | Physicians Mutual

Andrew Wong

Treasurer | First National Bank of Omaha

Jack Holmes

Secretary | Bridges Trust

Anna Cramer

Nebraska Medicine

Erik Bird

Eat Fit Go

Emily Poeschl

Mutual of Omaha

Nathan Browne

Werner Enterprises

Hector Rivera

Fiserv

Beth Ostdiek Smith

Saving Grace

Advisory Council

Ellie Archer • Chair, Women’s Fund of Omaha (retired)
Carol RussellCommunity Volunteer
Pete FestersenOmaha City Council and CHI Health
My BoesBoes Art
Anne HubbardClaire M. Hubbard Foundation
Vic GutmanVGA Group
Nancy NoddleCommunity Volunteer (Emeritus)
Summer MillerSimple Recipes

Registered Agent for 501 C3 Corporation:

Buck HeimKutak Rock Attorneys at Law

Types of Food Rescued

2022

PRODUCE
55%
503348lbs.
GRAINS
18%
162713lbs.
DAIRY
16%
144668lbs.
MEATS
9%
79994lbs.
OTHER
2%
24292lbs.