Saving Grace Truck

Why it Matters!


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.



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.


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.

What We Do:

Provide Food to People in Need –we connect excess perishable food donated by local food vendors to organizations providing access to good nutrition to people in our community who need it the most.
• Omaha’s only dedicated perishable food rescue
• Operating a fleet of refrigerated vehicles with professional food ambassadors/drivers
• Pick up food five days a week from local food vendors
• Deliver 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
Autumn Taddicken

Autumn Taddicken

Deputy Director

Judy Rydberg

Director of Field and Logistics

Adrienne Carpenter

Administrative Office Manager

Rita Heaston-Clark

Development Manager

Field Operations Team

Randy Hansen

Field Manager

Jay Olson

Driver/Food Ambassador

James Hester

Driver/Food Ambassador

Timothy Wyatt

Driver/Food Ambassador

George Hughes

Driver/Food Ambassador

Outsourced Talent

Sherry Thompson

Communications/Grant Writer

Denise Houston

Houston & Houston Accounting

Board Members

Anna Cramer

Chair | Nebraska Medicine

Lenli Corbett

Vice Chair Elect | Home Instead Charities

Andrew Wong

Treasurer | First National Bank of Omaha

Thomas Hall

Secretary | Physicians Mutual

Peggy Dunn

Farm Credit Services of America

Erik Bird

DNA Leadership Development

Laurie Hellbusch

Spirit World

Beth Ostdiek Smith

President/CEO and Founder | Saving Grace Perishable Food Rescue

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