DNC Operation Food Rescue

The Democratic National Convention (DNC) took place at various venues in Philadelphia between Thursday, July 21st, and Thursday, July 28th, 2016. An estimated 50,000 visitors came to the City of Brotherly Love and we anticipated that there would be leftover prepared and packaged food at the end of each day of the event. Operation Food Rescue was a collaborative effort of the city’s leading anti-hunger organizations that connected excess food from large events in Philadelphia to area food banks, pantries, and emergency meal providers. Operation Food Rescue helped divert food waste while simultaneously providing safe and dignified meals to food-insecure people experiencing hunger. Restaurants, catering companies, and vendors had a safe and easy option for diverting waste to support the local community.

Food Connect is proud to share that during the eight days leading up to and including the DNC, the app collected 11,239 pounds of food.

In the News

August 8, 2016, Next City: Post-DNC, New App Will Keep Serving Philly’s Hungry

August 5, 2016, The Inquirer: Leftover food app to continue after DNC success

August 4, 2016, City of Philadelphia Press Release: Food Rescue App Launched in Fight Against Hunger

August 4, 2016, CBSPhilly: Philly Keeps App For Saving, Distributing 11K Pounds Of DNC Leftovers

August 4, 2016, Philly Mag: This App Fights Hunger in Philly in a Surprisingly Simple Way

August 4, 2016, NewsWorks: Phone app to help Philly restaurants donate food

August 3, 2016, Billy Penn: This app helped get 9,000 meals to hungry Philadelphians during the DNC

August 1, 2016, NowThis: This group is getting excess food to people who need it — with help from the DNC

July 29, 2016, Move for Hunger: Technology Connects People with Meals

July 28, 2016, NBC10: New Beds for Homeless, Food Rescue App Ensure Lasting Impact of DNC on City’s Most Vulnerable

July 27, 2016, The Town Dish: Food Connect App Matches Restaurants and Caterers with Food Pantries to Eliminate Food Waste During DNC and Beyond

July 25, 2015, Huffington Post: App Wants To Send DNC’s 50,000 Attendees’ Leftovers To Those In Need

July 25, 2016, Food and Wine: This App is Going to Tackle Food Waste at the DNC This Week

July 25, 2016, Consumer Reports: New App Helps Curb Food Waste at DNC Events

July 25, 2016, Otherbuzz: App Will Help Donate Leftovers from DNC to Needy

July 24, 2016, Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee for the DNC: Philadelphia’s Leading Hunger-Relief Organizations Create Food Rescue App For DNC

July 22, 2016, Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee for the DNC: Committee Names Exelon Official Zero-Carbon Energy Provider For The Democratic National Convention

July 22,2016, Business Wire: Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee Names Exelon Official Zero-Carbon Energy Provider for Democratic National Convention

July 22, 2016, Munchies: Here’s One Way to Solve the Democratic National Convention’s Food Waste Problem

July 22, 2016: City Lab: Mega-Events Are Warming Up Conversations on Food Waste

July 21, 2016, Eater: New App Will Curb Food Waste from Next Week’s DNC

July 20, 2016, Waste360: Food Connect App to Help Find Uses for Leftover DNC Food

July 19, 2016, Philly Voice: App to help unused DNC event food reach Philadelphians in need

July 18, 2016, CBS Philly: New App Aims To Prevent Leftover DNC Food From Going To Waste

July 16, 2016, The Inquirer: Wasted no more: App finds homes for leftovers

July 15, 2016, Philabundance: Press Release – Philadelphia’s Leading Hunger-Relief Organizations Team Up to Release Food Rescue App for DNC

July 15, 2016, 6abc: Donate, Receive Free Food During Democratic National Convention

July 15, 2016, Billy Penn: Uber for leftovers: This app aims to eliminate DNC food waste in Philly 

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