You can use your car to serve your community and help neighbors in need. Rescue 412 gives drivers a way to give back by helping to eliminate food waste. Drivers redirect unsellable yet fresh, healthy food to those who are food insecure. All you have to do is download the app. It’s called Food Rescue Hero on iTunes and 412 Food Rescue Volunteer on Google Play.

Emergency Food Rescue Hero: Want to select exactly when you serve? This volunteer opportunity sends you notifications of food rescues directly on your smartphone. If you accept a rescue, just follow the app’s prompts to immediately pick up and drop off ad hoc food donations.

Designated Food Rescue Hero: Want a set schedule? Volunteer for reoccurring rescues on the same day each week and same time. You’re responsible for communicating your completed rescue and providing at least 24-hours’ notice if you’re unavailable.

Not located in the 412? No problem! You can still rescue food from grocery stores and other distribution sites. 412 Food Rescue is expanding and bringing efforts to Beaver, Butler, Westmoreland, Fayette and Washington counties with the launch of 724 Food Rescue.

Since the launch of 412 Food Rescue, nearly two million pounds of good food has been saved from going to waste in Allegheny County.

About The Author

Vlog Mom/DFTM Creator

Not long ago, Heather Hopson hosted a television show in the Cayman Islands. Today, she's back home writing a different kind of story as a new mom. In her 15 years working as a professional journalist, this by far is her best assignment! Growing up, she dreamed of becoming Oprah Winfrey. She was the features editor for her school’s newspaper and a teen talk show host for her city’s most popular radio station. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Michigan State University. After graduation, she worked as a television producer and reporter at CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates throughout the U.S. Instead of heading to Chicago to join Ms. Winfrey on her set, she bought a plane ticket to the Cayman Islands instead. She arrived five days before a category five hurricane! She lived in paradise for seven years, hosted an award-winning television show and traveled the globe with a government delegation. She also served on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters and spearheaded a Send a Kid to Camp campaign. Then, she relocated to Washington, D.C. to obtain a teaching certification and instruct 8th grade reading at a high needs middle school. She later returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA to raise her daughter Caitlynn, now 4-years-old. During her 10-month-stint as a stay-at-home mom, Caitlynn inspired her to create this blog, and Diary of a First Time Mom was born on Mother’s Day 2012. Two years later, she expanded the family to include 20+ writers. Currently, Heather serves as the communications director at Allies for Children. In addition, she is the owner of Motor Mouth Multimedia, which ranked #49 in Startup Nation’s Home-Based 100 Competition sponsored by Discover Card and Sam’s Club. Recently, The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments selected Heather to receive an Emerging Black Artist award to develop Diary of a First Time Mom.

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