In October 2023, the US Department of Agriculture released a report that revealed that the number of people living in food insecure households in the US in 2022 increased to 44 million, including 13 million children, which represented a 31% increase for individuals and a 44% increase in food insecurity for children from the previous year. This is the largest one-year increase in food insecurity since 2008. Help RLC rescue fresh, amazing-quality excess food to help reverse this trend!
40% of food produced in the U.S. is wasted while 44 million Americans, including 13 million children are food insecure. Food waste is the largest material occupying landfills, and contributes to methane gases, which are more harmful to the environment than CO2. The natural resources used to create wasted food, tax dollars used to subsidize food products, and energy expended to transport the food to our tables are all wasted. Meanwhile, more than half of the food pantries run out of food daily!
RLC uses modern and innovative solutions that to date have rescued over 12 million lbs. of food that have fed people, not landfills. RLC coordinates trucks and also engages community members to bring excess food from restaurants and other businesses to people who need it in their communities. Led by a dedicated group of leaders called Lead Rescuers, volunteers take unsold product at the end of the day that food vendors would otherwise throw out and deliver it to local nonprofit organizations.
Hunger can be eliminated, because rescuing just 30% of wasted food is enough to feed all people in America experiencing food insecurity. RLC provides a structure where anyone can join our mission and bring excess food to people in need of healthy meals. Food security is the building block of a healthy and growing community, and RLC believes in a future where food rescue is the most widely used solution to food insecurity and wasted food.