Boulder Food Rescue aims to create a more just and less wasteful food system. We facilitate the sustainable redistribution of healthy food that would otherwise be wasted to low-income communities, by bicycle. We work with communities to facilitate their own food redistribution and create decentralized systems to bypass barriers to food access. Our work envisions a world in which everyone has equitable access to healthy food.
HOW IT WORKS:
Step 1: We coordinate with 40 food donors to donate soon-to-expire or overstocked food – primarily fruits and vegetables – that would otherwise be thrown away.
Step 2: Our donors load this food into boxes and set them aside for our volunteers to pick up and sort.
Step 3: Every day, volunteers load the donated food into bike trailers and haul it directly to one of our 40+ recipient sites that is scheduled to receive it.
Step 4: Our recipient sites – including day shelters, food pantries, and community centers – use the donated food within 24-48 hours. About 2/3 of these sites are No Cost Grocery programs led by resident-leaders. These communities facilitate their own food redistribution and create decentralized systems to bypass barriers to food access.
- Our decentralized food rescue model doesn’t require storage, allowing us to deliver fresh food directly to our recipient sites.
- By delivering food using bicycles, we have developed a sustainable food rescue model that is quick, economical, and gentle on the environment.
- In addition to delivering food to recipient sites, we also work with community leaders at housing sites for low-income seniors, individuals, and families, after-school programs, and preschools to help them set up No Cost Grocery Programs, enabling them to actualize their own food security.