Last Mile Food Rescue celebrates 1 million pounds of saved food

Since October of 2020, Last Mile Food Rescue has picked up 1 million pounds of food that would have been on its way to the landfill. Last Mile Food Rescue is a local food rescue organization that uses volunteers to connect food donors with 135 nonprofits in Greater Cincinnati who serve the region’s food insecure.

Eileen Budo, COO of Last Mile

Feeding America estimates that in order to close the meal gap in Cincinnati there is a need 13 million meals – about 15.6 million pounds of food. Meanwhile Hamilton County Waste District reports approximately 60 million
pounds of food are wasted each year.

“While these are huge numbers, they also seem surprisingly attainable,” says Eileen Budo, chief
operating officer of Last Mile. “If we can pick up just one quarter of the food going to waste and deliver
to neighborhoods, nonprofits and food deserts, we can end food insecurity in our city.”

Read more about Last Mile in our May issue of Movers & Makers.

May 2021 cover

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