it all started when...

 
 
Ali dumpster diving in 2012, how it all started!

Ali dumpster diving in 2012, how it all started!

Ali Milburn moved to Jackson in 2012 and soon found herself climbing into local grocery store dumpsters looking for edible food.

Day after day she returned to the dump, finding high-quality, fresh produce, day old bread, outdated dairy and other food items that had been discarded. After a few months, Ali became overwhelmed with the amount of waste she encountered in the trash, so she set out to find a better use for all the food. Not long after, Hole Food Rescue formed its first partnership with the Jackson Whole Grocer to divert excess edible food.

Hole Food Rescue (HFR) officially launched June 24, 2013 and now has eight daily food donors that set aside the food they can't sell because of blemishes, approaching expiration dates, general surplus, etc.

The food HFR rescues is distributed to local health and human service organizations serving at-risk and socio-economically disadvantaged community members. In Teton County, around 3,000 residents are deemed food insecure (2015 Teton County Needs Assessment). Of those 3,000 residents, HFR reaches 1,000 community members each week. 

Learn more about the food rescue model and how to start one in your own community through the Food Rescue Alliance.

 

meet our team

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STAFF


 
Ali Dunford

Ali Milburn

FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Ali grew up in Boulder, Colorado, where she learned the art of dumpster diving. After graduating from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a BA in Integrative Physiology, she decided to take a gap year in Jackson, WY prior to medical school. After discovering her passion for reducing food waste, she is happy to say Jackson is home, and her career has shifted to food waste warrior!

In her free time, Ali can be found mountain biking Cache Creek, rafting desert rivers, talking trash with friends, or cuddling up with her beloved cat, Captain.

 
Hannah Cooley

Hannah Cooley

Director of programs & partnerships

Hannah grew up in Vancouver, Washington, where her parents instilled in her a sense of stewardship and sustainability from a very early age. Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, Hannah gained a great appreciation for the outdoors and an active lifestyle.

With a degree in anthropology and sociology from Whittier College, Hannah's studies focused on food pathways and waste management.

 
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Dan Leaman

director of operations

Dan is a Jackson Hole transplant who grew up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Dan graduated from Colby College in 2015, where he studied geology and chemistry. The dynamic geology of the Tetons brought Dan to Jackson, where he found himself guiding raft trips and working for the Bridger-Teton National Forest.

Dan was drawn to the organization because of its adaptive approach to reducing food waste and food insecurity. On his days off Dan is typically skiing in Teton Village or exploring new fishing spots along the Snake River.

 
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Lauren Reus

Administrative Assistant

Lauren’s journey in reducing food waste began early as she tagged along with her mom to buy day-old baked goods at the bakery thrift store near her Virginia home.

Lauren stayed in the Mid-Atlantic area for many years, working in libraries and information services. She appreciated the opportunities to buy food directly from local farms, and that personal connection to farmers strengthened her desire to make sure food is not wasted.

In her free time, Lauren enjoys hiking and taking family trips in search of quirky roadside attractions and public lands to explore.

 

Board of Directors


 
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Cynthia Hogan

Board chair

Cynthia's family enjoyed living and working in Switzerland for five years where they skied and hiked the Alps. Since Switzerland is a small, landlocked country, and labor is very costly, waste of any kind is frowned upon. Cynthia adapted to a minimal waste lifestyle. As a board member of Hole Food Rescue, she can pursue her interests in resource conservation, local food, and healthcare.

Cynthia worked in the healthcare industry for 30 years in the US and Europe. She designed services for patients with chronic diseases, including medical reimbursement support and disease education. Cynthia built new businesses around a variety of diseases such as respiratory, dermatological, and eye care, and she grew these businesses to earn nearly $1 billion in sales. Cynthia also serves as the St. John's Medical Center Board Chair.

 
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Lori Roux

Board vice chair
Owner, Whole Story Productions 

When Lori found out about Hole Food Rescue, it was one of those "You had me at hello!" moments. Lori now has been a weekly HFR volunteer for more than three years, picking up donations from Jackson Whole Grocer every Wednesday. Lori also uses her videography skills to produce HFR's training and education videos. 

Lori worked as an associate producer and director for ESPN before finding herself in Jackson, WY in 2001. Her professional experience ranges from producing and directing to reporting and filming. Recently, Lori has focused her attention on documentary style work for private clients and non-profits. She has been a contributor on several JenTen Productions including JenTen’s current production, Hearts of Glass. Her work is a three-time recipient of the Telly Award, and some of her projects are included in the Smithsonian Archives.

 
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Len Purkis

Board Treasurer

Len joined the Board to raise awareness about food insecurity in the community. Len believes that the redirecting of excess food is a unique way of providing a nutritious meal to those who would otherwise go hungry.

Len is a retired international finance executive who led three high tech companies, E*TRADE Financial, Iomega, and Virtual Radiologic, through their start-up and high-growth periods as their Chief Financial Officer. Prior to that, Len held senior financial positions at GE Plastics, GE Lighting, and GE Capital in both Europe and the US.

 
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Beth Burrough

board secretary
Founder, BBurrough LLC, strategy and marketing consulting

Beth's eyes were opened to the substantial food insecurity crisis across America through the company she co-founded with another family, PurFoods/Mom’s Meals. PurFoods focused on reducing Hunger Insecurity among seniors and helping patients recuperate after a hospital stay. Working on that mission still drives Beth, and so her first volunteer role, when she moved to Jackson, was with Hole Food Rescue.   

Beth has worked in the healthcare and nutrition industries for over 30 years, primarily at Johnson & Johnson and at PurFoods, a start-up that grew into a mid-size, national company and was sold. At J&J, she lead Women's Health, Worldwide Oral Health, and strategic marketing for Biopharmaceuticals and several consumer businesses. At PurFoods, Beth worked to create custom nutrition solutions to best serve our customers with care and dignity.  

 

Annie Fenn, M.D.

physician, chef, culinary instructor
founder, Brain Health Kitchen cooking school & jacksonholefoodie.com

As a practicing physician in this community for more than 20 years, Annie has seen many families who don’t have enough to eat. Food insecurity leads to myriad health problems — infections, poor healing after surgery, preterm labor — which are mostly preventable. Annie joined the board of Hole Food Rescue to help with the effort to feed the hungry in our community, to repurpose excess food, and to help us all learn how to stop wasting so much food.

Growing up in a Sicilian-American family in upstate New York, Annie attributes her aversion to food waste to her frugal grandparents who never wasted a scrap of food. She moved to Jackson in 1994 to practice obstetrics and gynecology, which she did as a solo practitioner for six years before opening the Women’s Health Center of Jackson. After retiring from clinical practice eight years ago, she founded the Brain Health Kitchen Cooking School — the only culinary school of its kind to specialize in cooking to prevent Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

 
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Lisa Lent

million pound party coordinator

Lisa made the move to Jackson in June 2017. Unaware of what to do after leaving New York City and her career behind, she pursued becoming active in her community. She knew she wanted to get involved and make a difference, and that vision led her to Hole Food Rescue. Lisa has been a volunteer for over a year now, delivering food to those in need and doing rescue pick-ups at Jackson Hole Grocer on a weekly basis.

Lisa spent the last 17 years as a retail buyer for a NY based department store before deciding she needed a change. Her professional background includes financial planning, budgeting, and leadership and training. She has always been conscious of food waste, especially since waitressing her way through college. She is thankful for the food she has access to and wants to help those that don’t have the same abilities. Lisa joined the board of Hole Food Rescue because the organization continues to check the boxes of what she was in search of: a meaningful and powerful mission, positive people, and determination to grow and do more.

 

Emeritus Board members


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Shaun Andrikopoulos

Board chair emeritus

 
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Curtis Haderlie

board member emeritus