Saving Grace rescues perishable food and delivers it to local nonprofits that serve the hungry. We've collected more than 1.5 million pounds of healthy perishable food from grocery stores, wholesalers, caterers, restaurants, event venues and schools since operations began in October 2013. These vegetables, fruits, meats, dairy products, and prepared and packaged meals are delivered the same day, free of charge, to shelters, after-school programs, pantries, senior centers and other nonprofits.
Saving Grace rescues excess perishable food and connects it with local nonprofits that feed the hungry. In 2016, Saving Grace provided 608,893 pounds of food, valued at more than $1 million, to 23 nonprofit partners. Nutritious dairy products, fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, prepared and packaged meals, and grain products that otherwise would have gone to waste fed thousands of hungry children, seniors on fixed incomes and families who struggle. By receiving food at no cost from Saving Grace, our partner organizations are able to use their funds for other support services.
It's a concept that's been embraced by our food partners, who now donate their excess perishable food to Saving Grace rather than tossing it in the dumpster. We currently work with 35 grocery stores, wholesalers, caterers, restaurants, event venues, schools and other food providers, and that number continues to increase.
Feeding our hungry neighbors with perishable food that would otherwise end up in the landfill just makes sense, and that's what Saving Grace does.
"Having the ability to take leftover or unconsumed food items that we would typically discard and turn them over to people feeding those in need is a truly rewarding experience. Our teams at CenturyLink Center Omaha and TD Ameritrade Park Omaha have really gotten behind this program and staff gets satisfaction knowing that the food donations are having a positive impact in our community." - Tyler Humphrey, Levy Executive Chef
"Partnering with you has been a total blessing. As we strive to help families and seniors in need and help to restore their dignity, it is an absolute joy to give them options they would not otherwise have and let them have the ability to really do their own shopping vs. just being given food they may or may not use." - Carrie Walter, Catholic Charities