In the US, 40% of food never gets eaten.
Not on our watch.

Creating a more sustainable food system in Jackson, Wyoming.

 
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Donate time

Be a Volunteer!

Ready to change the world, one butternut squash at a time? Join the passionate people powering Hole Food Rescue

Donate money

Be a Backer!

Food and funding are valuable resources, and our low overhead means your donations go directly to the difference we’re making.

Donate food

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.

 
 
 
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Our Mission

Hole Food Rescue was founded in 2012 on one simple principle: that we have what we need to change the world if we look in the right places.

For Ali Dunford, that meant rescuing perfectly good produce before it contributed to the alarming 21% of landfill waste--and giving it to local organizations that could put it to better use. In doing so, she found HFR’s calling: to save the planet and families from going hungry all at the same time.

 

$1.2 million+

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.

 
 

900%

RETURN ON INVESTMENT 

Proving that every penny invested, every minute donated, and every plateful is absolutely worth it. 

 
 
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Our Impact

Thanks to the combined efforts of volunteers, Jackson Hole businesses, generous donors, and local food pantries and kitchens, Hole Foods Rescue is well on its way to collecting over one million pounds of delicious, wholesome, rescued food.

That’s enough to fill over 5,600 plates that would otherwise be empty--per day, every day. With your help, we can end hunger and food waste in Jackson Hole, and we can serve as an example for other like-minded organizations throughout the world.

 
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Our Programs

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.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

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.

 

 
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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

 

 
 

Events

How will you show up?

As an active community partner, Hole Food Rescue is always looking for events, opportunities, and volunteers to spread awareness and celebrate our progress.

 
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