Columbus Food Rescue

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Fighting Food Waste & Inequity

Columbus Food Rescue is a program of Local Matters that fights food waste and food inequity by rescuing excess foods and re-distributing it to shelters, agencies, and other community groups.

Nearly one million pounds of food ends up in Franklin County’s landfill every single day. At the same time, over 11% of Franklin County residents—more than 147,000 people—are food insecure, and 49% of those people make too much money to qualify for federal food assistance.

By keeping good, fresh food out of the landfill and ensuring it goes to those in need, CFR volunteers and partners work every day toward a more sustainable and accessible food system.

By the Numbers

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Of Food Rescued in 2023 (942,500 Meals)

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Of Food Rescued Since 2012

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Donate food to Food Rescue

Do you have surplus food or goods that you’d like to donate? We rescue donations of all sizes and types of food—bags of leftover bagels, pans of refrigerated prepared meals, remainder Grab ‘n’ Go sandwiches, boxes of produce, and more. No donation is too small or infrequent—and we can pick up morning to evening, seven days a week. Contact columbusfoodrescue@local-matters.org to join our network of donors!

Local Matters Food Rescue Donations

Receive food from Food Rescue

Do you operate a program or site that serves people in need of food? We work hard to ensure a good match of donated food to the recipient site—we don’t want to bring food you can’t serve, or pass along food waste. Click here to provide us with more information about your agency’s storage capacity, food needs, and outreach.

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Volunteer with Food Rescue

This work wouldn’t be possible without the help of an impressive network of volunteers. In 2023, volunteers completed more than 10,000 rescues, keeping 1.1 MILLION pounds of food from the landfill. Interested in volunteering with Columbus Food Rescue? Click here to learn more about the food rescuing process. Click here to sign up as a rescuer!

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Support Food Rescue Financially

Your donation will support Columbus Food Rescue’s mission to help fresh, uneaten food reach those in need, instead of ending up in the landfill. Click here to make a donation today.

Ros Kitchen

Learn more about Ro’s Kitchen

In Ro’s Kitchen food donated by the greater Columbus community is transformed by volunteers under the guidance of Chef Terence Zheng into healthy, fresh, and tasty meals that volunteers then deliver. Named after Roshelle Pate, a friend and mentor to many, Ro’s Kitchen aims to harness the power of food to help and heal people and the communities they live in. Click here to learn more about volunteering at Ro’s Kitchen.

Watch the video below to learn more about Ro's Kitchen.

Rescues in Action

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