it all started when...
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Day after day she returned to the dump, finding high-quality, fresh produce, day old bread, outdated dairy and other food items that had been discarded.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.