What is Food Rescue?

Each year in Florida and across the nation, millions of pounds of food is at risk of going to waste in the retail, agricultural and manufacturing industries. This includes produce, dairy, meat, deli, bakery and grocery items.

Second Harvest food bank partners with retail grocers in our communities to “rescue” this food directly from store shelves, preventing thousands of pounds of food from going to waste each year. This food is donated to the food bank, and distributed to food pantries, soup kitchens and other charitable organizations to help feed hungry people.


Second Harvest is committed to reducing food waste through environmental stewardship by working with manufacturing, retail and agricultural partners to rescue safe, nutritious food, and provide it to people in need.

Second Harvest food bank accepts perishable and shelf-stable food from all retail categories that meet food safety labeling and packaging criteria.

To schedule a collection or learn about participating in the Food Rescue program, call Justin Greer, Food Resourcer, at 850-562-3033, ext. 213