Last Mile Food Rescue expands to NKY, needs more volunteers to pick up and deliver extra food
Last Mile Food Rescue, a volunteer-run logistics nexus that saves high-quality food in Greater Cincinnati, saves food for a growing number of Northern Kentucky nonprofit partner agencies.
Last Mile recently began picking up and delivering food for Be Concerned, Northern Kentucky’s largest pantry and free food program. In the first week of adding Be Concerned rescues, Last Mile’s Food Rescue Heroes performed nine additional rescues to pick up and deliver 1,443 pounds of additional food.
These weekly NKY food rescues add to the many already delivered to NKY agencies as diverse as Brighton Center, Life Learning Center and St Bernard Food Pantry. The growing effort translates into hundreds of thousands of pounds of food saved by Last Mile volunteers for NKY families each year.
With a growing number of food donors and partner agencies in Northern Kentucky, Last Mile needs more Food Rescue Heroes to download the app from the Apple Store or Google Play and volunteer to carry the food.
“Our Food Rescue heroes are the driving force behind everything we do to address food insecurity and keep unused food out of our landfills,” said Julie Shifman, Executive Director of Last Mile Food Rescue. “Our Uber-like technology allows a volunteer with a car to take an hour or less to make a meaningful impact,” she added.
Last Mile Food Rescue regularly delivers food to more than 80 nonprofit partners in Greater Cincinnati, including food pantries, drop-in centers, daycare centers, senior centers and pop-up food pantries in low-income neighborhoods. All rescues are posted on a simple app for volunteers that allows drivers to pick up a rescue and follow step-by-step instructions from pickup to drop-off.
To learn more about Last Mile or get involved, visit www.lastmilefood.org or call 513-449-1698. The Last Mile app is available for download from the Apple Store and Google Play.
Last Mile is a Greater Cincinnati food rescue organization with a mission to save good food and get it to those who need it most. Using the power of technology-powered volunteers, we connect food donors with nonprofits that serve food-insecure people in the region, fighting food waste and helping to eradicate the most hunger. close to home.