Waste Not

Volunteers help connect those who have surplus food with those who are hungry.

Waste Not, a nonprofit agency that rescues perishable food before it goes to waste and then delivers it to those in need, has launched the MealConnect app, a free and easy way to deliver excess food products to nonprofits helping feed the hungry.

MealConnect “is easy to use and requires no obligation from the user, only that they use it when they have surplus food,” said Hillary Bryant, community engagement manager at Waste Not. “MealConnect users don’t need to donate a lot of food to be part of the effort because every donation, no matter how big or small, has an impact. And, with the intensifying impact of the pandemic and the holidays approaching, the need for food items also is growing.”

Glendale-based West Valley Community Food Pantry, also known as The Way, is one of 70 agencies served by Waste Not.

Users of the new app are connected with nonprofits in their community and local volunteer drivers who deliver the food.

Nonprofit agencies including homeless shelters, transitional housing, senior facilities, preschools and after-school programs, rehabilitation centers and food pantries receive food with no cost for distribution to individuals and families.

The food-donation system addresses food insecurity in a state where 1 in 4 children go to bed hungry every night and 1 in 5 adults lack consistent access to adequate food.

Nationally, more than $218 billion is spent on food every year that is never eaten. Waste Not provides nearly 3.5 million meals a year through donations. In 2019, Waste Not diverted 963 tons of food from landfills, a total value of more than $2.2. million.

For more information about MealConnect, to donate food and to become a volunteer driver, contact Bryant at Hillary@wastenotaz.org or 602-361-9162.

For more information about Waste Not, visit wastenotaz.org.