Sunday Business Page: 412 Food Rescue 10/6/2019

Sunday Business Page: 412 Food Rescue 10/6/2019


GOOD MORNING. WELCOME TO ANOTHER SPECIAL SEGMENT OF THE SUNDAY BUSINESS PAGE. DID YOU KNOW THAT 40% OF FOOD IN THE UNITED STATES IS WASTED? EVEN AS ONE IN SEVEN AMERICANS GOES HUNGRY, OUR GUEST TODAY, LEO LIZ RONDEAU, WAS DETERMINED TO CHANGE ALL OF THAT. FOR THAT WORK, 412 FOOD RESCUE JUST RECEIVED SPECIAL RECOGNITION FROM THE UNITED NATIONS. WELCOME TO THE SHOW. CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU. THANK YOU. LET ME START I ASKING YOU TO EXPLAIN WHAT IS 412 FOOD RESCUE. 412 FOOD RESCUE WAS FOUNDED AS A RESPONSE TO THE FACT THAT 40% OF FOOD GOES TO WASTE. WE KNOW THAT ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THAT, ONE IN SEVEN AMERICANS ARE FOOD INSECURE WHICH MEANS THEY DON’T KNOW WHERE THEIR NEXT MEAL IS COMING FROM. ACCORDING TO THE U.N., IF WE TAKE ALL OF THE FOOD THAT IS WASTED, WE COULD BEAT EVERYONE WHO WAS HUNGRY FOUR TIMES OVER. WHAT EXACTLY ARE YOU DOING IN AREA CODE 412? FOUNDED IN PITTSBURGH. WE HAVE THE TECHNOLOGY. WE HAVE AN AT THAT EVERYONE CAN DOWNLOAD. WHAT IT DOES IS IT GIVES YOU PUSH NOTIFICATIONS. IT ALERTS YOU OF FOOD THAT NEEDS TO BE RESCUED AND BROUGHT TO A CHARITY. YOU SEE THE PUSH NOTIFICATION, YOU CLICK ON IT. YOU REALIZE IT IS RIGHT NEXT TO WHERE YOU ARE. YOU PICK UP THE FOOD AND THEN YOU DELIVER IT TO A CHARITY THAT IT IS MATCHED TO. SO EASY. EVERYTHING TAKES ABOUT HALF AN HOUR. THIS IS FOOD THAT IS LEFT OVER AT RESTAURANTS FOR EXAMPLE? OR AT GROCERY STORES? WHERE IS THIS WOULD COMING FROM? MOST OF OUR FOOD COMES FROM GROCERY STORES SUCH AS GIANT EAGLE. WE COLLECT FOOD EVERY DAY. LET’S SAY IT IS YOGURT THAT IS ABOUT TO APPROACH ITS SELL BY DATE. IT IS NOT YET EXPIRED. IT MIGHT BE THREE DAYS LATER BUT BECAUSE OF OUR PREFERENCES, GIANT EAGLE HAS TO TAKE THAT OFF THE SHELF AND WE RESCUE THAT FOOD AND MAKE SURE SOMEONE IN NEED GETS IT. YOU COUNT ON VOLUNTEERS? A LOT OF THEM. IN PITTSBURGH WE HAVE ABOUT 8000 PEOPLE RECEIVING THESE NOTIFICATIONS. SO ANYONE WATCHING THIS CAN SIGN UP FOR THE APP AND THEN THEY WOULD BE ALERTED IF THERE IS A DELIVERY NEARBY? YES. YOU CAN DO IT ON YOUR SPARE TIME. YOU CAN DO IT WHENEVER IT IS CONVENIENT FOR YOU. IT IS SUCH A CONVENIENT WAY TO DO SOMETHING GOOD. THIS IS SUCH A GREAT SERVICE YOU ARE DOING. WHY DID THE YOU AND RECOGNIZE THIS? WE WERE RECOGNIZED BY AN ORGANIZATION CALLED WE EMPOWER WITCHES AN ORGANIZATION OUT OF ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY WHICH GIVES WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS OPPORTUNITIES. WE PRESENTED AT THE YOU IN GLOBAL COMPACT AND WE WON A PITCH COMPETITION. CONGRATULATIONS. AGAIN, GREAT SERVICE HERE IN PITTSBURGH AND A GREAT EXAMPLE FOR THOSE ALL OVER THE WORLD RESCUING FOOD. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL YOU DO. AND, THANK YOU FOR JOINING US ON THIS EDITION OF THE SUNDAY BUSINESS PAGE. WRITE TO ME IF YOU HAVE A SUGGESTION FOR A GUEST OR DROP

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