PITTSBURGH – 412 Food Rescue plans to expand as it helps the hungry and supports restaurants through the pandemic.
“Today we made a macaroni and cheese pasta with some ground beef and roasted vegetables for our communal dinner,” said Michael Zawojski from Revel and Roost.
“Communal dining” is the most important part of the recipe as the downtown Pittsburgh restaurant serves meals to those who are food insecure.
412 Food Rescue launched the program, which aims to help restaurants struggling during the pandemic by paying them $ 8-10 per meal, but also helping those who are having trouble eating. And for Pittsburghers like Christopher Bandy who transport meals from one place to another, it’s a small price to pay for what this program offers.
“Sometimes I’ve filled my minivan to the gills, I’ve probably delivered 3,000 meals or the like,” he said, adding that the appreciation of those who get a hot meal only makes them want to work harder. “I remember my first rescue when I delivered a box of food and the person started crying.”
Volunteers like Bandy don’t lose sight of the great need, which is why 412 Food Rescue hopes to expand this program to help restaurants and our neighbors.
“We are nearing the start of our third phase, which will be our largest, to support and expand the program across Allegheny County,” said Sara Swaney with 412 Food Rescue. She added that there are plans to bring more restaurants on board.
WPXI has partnered with 412 Food Rescue to deliver extra groceries to those who need it most as part of our 11 Cares initiative.