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Saving Grace has rescued and distributed 1M pounds of food!

Thursday, August 18, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kelly Koepsell
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One Million Pounds and Counting – Saving Grace Perishable Food Rescue Reaches Milestone

One million pounds of excess perishable food rescued and delivered to feed those in need. It’s a milestone Saving Grace Perishable Food Rescue reached in late July – just 34 months after the nonprofit agency began operations.

"This translate to one million healthy meals provided to clients of our partner agencies - homeless shelters, children's centers, food pantries, senior centers and other nonprofits," said Beth Ostdiek Smith, Saving Grace’s founder and president.  “The fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy products, prepared meals and grain products supplement diets that may otherwise be nutritionally deprived.”

Saving Grace provides a pipeline that connects excess perishable food that would otherwise go to waste with nonprofit agencies that feed the hungry. Donated food from grocery stores, restaurants, caterers and other food purveyors is matched with the needs of partner nonprofit agencies that use it to feed their clients.  Saving Grace’s efforts keep thousands of pounds of food a month out of the landfills. And, the donated food allows the recipient agencies to provide healthy meals to their clients, while directing more of their resources to other programs.

Each weekday morning, Saving Grace’s two professional food handlers drive refrigerated trucks on scheduled and on-call stops to pick up excess perishable food from a network of 30 regular donors. It’s delivered the same day - free of charge - to a network of 20 local nonprofits that serve low-income families in the Omaha area. A list of these food donors and partner nonprofit agencies is available at