Be a Volunteer!
Ready to change the world, one butternut squash at a time? Join the passionate people powering Hole Food Rescue
Be a Backer!
Food and funding are valuable resources, and our low overhead means your donations go directly to the difference we’re making.
Fill Bellies, not Landfills!
HFD works with companies in Jackson Hole to disperse rescued food to agencies serving people in need.
Hfr turns excess into access.
We distribute excess food from donors to organizations
serving the at-risk, in-need residents of Teton County.
It's pretty simple, really. Participating food retailers set aside unsellable, yet perfectly edible, food products. Our wonderful HFR volunteers pick them up (via bike and trailer, weather permitting) and take them to local food pantries, shelters, after-school programs, and more. The result: More food security in our community and a drastic reduction of the amount of edible food sent to Bonneville County Landfill (101 miles away).
Excess inventory is rescued from donors and redistributed to the community.
ESTIMATED RETAIL VALUE
OF WHAT WE RESCUE ANNUALLY
To the students, seniors, and families who would otherwise go hungry, it's worth a whole lot more.
$0.50 / POUND
What Food Costs to rescue
Thanks to low overhead, a team of relentless volunteers, and a dedication to making the most of it.
RETURN ON INVESTMENT
Proving that every penny invested, every minute donated, and every plateful is absolutely worth it.
At its core, Hole Food Rescue seeks to make the most of its resources.
More than just supply and demand, it is about using its experience, volunteers, and donations wisely to not only minimize waste but also help our neighbors live their best lives.
“It’s such a simple thing, this sharing of food,” says Ali Dunford, Hole Food Rescue founder. “Students focus better in school with healthy snacks. Seniors get the nutrition they need. At-risk families have enough to go around. Communities thrive. We can be our best when we aren’t hungry.”
Food Rescue & Redistribution
HFR diverted 230,000 pounds of excess food from six local food retailers in 2015 alone, serving roughly 1,000 in-need community members each week. Rescued food that isn't used is then fed to farm animals or composted, further reducing the burden on local landfills.
VoLUNTEER recruitment & guidance
Hole Food Rescue is a movement with many moving parts, graciously benefitting from a team of over 85 people that fill 55 shifts and 80 hours each week. Our organization is powered by people, and we work hard to recruit, train, manage, and celebrate the efforts of some of the best hands-on hearts in Wyoming.
Since we began in 2012, we have provided at-risk youth, families, and seniors with fresh produce and resources that expand the efforts of local food pantries and kitchens. We continue to partner with community markets, groceries, and restaurants to create a delicious, sustainable future for all.
AWARENESS & EDUCATION
Food waste and food insecurity aren't easy topics to talk about. Raising awareness and changing the way we eat, use, and share food are a crucial part of changing the conversation. It's why we host community buffets, teach cooking classes, visit local schools, and offer first-hand volunteer opportunities.
When it comes down to it...
Hole Food Rescue is about respect and compassion. We rescue food out of respect for the environment, the farmers who grew it, the almighty dollar, and, most critically, the community. We are all better off when the hungriest of us have eaten.
Alison Dunford / Founder