Most of the food that Foodshare distributes...
is surplus food that is donated by food industry partners, including retailers, farmers, and manufacturers. The Retail Rescue Program is one of our more innovative ways to collect this food - reducing food waste while making a real difference in the lives of our neighbors who struggle with hunger.
About Retail Rescue
Through the Retail Rescue Program, Foodshare partners with over 80 local grocery stores to make sure good, surplus food gets to the plates of people in need. Last year, Foodshare rescued over 5 million pounds of food from local grocery stores. Most of the food collected is healthy, perishable food like produce, meat, and dairy products meaning healthier options for the people we serve.
One key to this program’s success is our dedicated Retail Rescue volunteers who use their own vehicles to recover food in local communities. Volunteers are trained to safely pick-up donations from grocery stores and deliver it directly to a nearby food pantry or meal program.
“We have many wonderful grocery stores that assist us to be able to ensure that we have enough food on our shelves to feed the 350-400 families every week that we serve.”
Kathleen Souvigney, Enfield Food Shelf
Individuals interested in becoming a Retail Rescue Volunteer, sign up here >
Retail stores that would like to know more about becoming a partner in the Retail Rescue Program please contact Retail Donations Program Manager, Gaye Sgamboti at (860) 856-4342. With years of experience in grocery rescue, we can help you create a customized, safe donation program that works for your staff.
How You Can Help
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