Saving Grace Perishable Food Rescue
Our grassroots movement to rescue excess perishable food to feed the hungry is growing!
1.6 Million Pounds and Counting
Excess Food = Healthy Meals for the Hungry
Impact 2016
During the first half of this year, Saving Grace rescued and redistributed 360,652 pounds of nutritious perishable food that fed the hungry in our community.  This brings the total amount of food rescued since Saving Grace began operations Sept. 30, 2013, to 1,683,201 pounds.

While the numbers are impressive, the real story is the impact these meals have on our community. Each pound of food rescued translates to one healthy meal served to children, seniors and families in need.

In Douglas County alone, one in seven people are food insecure. That's more than 75,000 of our neighbors who live in every ZIP code in the community. By connecting excess perishable food from grocery stores, caterers, event centers, wholesalers, restaurants and other food purveyors with our nonprofit partner agencies that feed the hungry, Saving Grace is leading a movement to feed hungry bellies rather than landfills.

Consider the impact food insecurity has on our neighbors:
  • For every year a child lives with food insecurity, academic achievement decreases by 10 percent.
  • 37 percent of people living below the poverty line in the metro area do not have access to affordable, healthy food, such as produce, fresh meat, fresh milk and eggs.
  • Hospital and doctor visits are highest at the end of the month, when food insecurity is also the greatest.
Together, we are making a difference for the less fortunate in our community. We couldn't do this without our financial backers, food donors, nonprofit partners and others who believe in Saving Grace's mission. Thank you so much!

Read our Impact 2016 report, which also is available online (under Learn More), to find out more about what we've accomplished together and how it benefits the community.
Limited Number of Food for Thought Tickets Remain

Tickets are going fast for Saving Grace's first Food for Thought - A Rescued Food Experience event. 

"Eat Healthy. Save the Environment" will be held July 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Eat Fit Go's Millard location, 4909 S. 135th Street.

Attendees will have an opportunity to:
  • Sample Eat Fit Go cuisine that is being given a second life through Saving Grace's perishable food rescue program.
  • Hear from Erik Bird, Eat Fit Go's chief attitude officer, on how eating healthy and donating excess foods also helps keep the environment healthy.
  • Learn how to partner with Saving Grace to target hunger and food waste in our community.
Tickets for the July 27 event are $30 ($15 is tax deductible), and include food samples, wine and beer, and the program.   

Three Easy Ways to Support Saving Grace

Shop on Amazon Prime Day:   Take advantage of Amazon's third-annual Prime Day today (July 11) and support Saving Grace. When you #StartWithaSmile on #PrimeDay, Amazon donates to Saving Grace Perishable Food Rescue. Shop for great deals at
Nominate Saving Grace for Omaha's Second Annual Food Day Awards:   Go to and select "Vote Now." Then, nominate Saving Grace in the "Nonprofit of the Year" category. Simply enter your email address and a short statement about why you think Saving Grace is the best.  

The top five nominees will be celebrated, and one from each category will be recognized at Food Day Omaha on Sept. 30. Deadline for nominations is July 31.
Help Get Saving Grace on the Ballot for First National Bank's Community First Awards:   The highest scoring nominations will be presented for a public vote, and the winning nonprofit will receive a $10,000 cash donation; the runner-up will receive a $2,500 donation.  Nominate Saving Grace now.

Here's the information you need to nominate Saving Grace:
  • Organization Full Name:  Saving Grace Perishable Food Rescue Inc.
  • Organization Address:  4611 South 96th St., Suite 112, Omaha, NE 68127
  • Organization Mission Statement:  Connect perishable food from local food purveyors to local nonprofits that feed out hungry, while raising awareness and educating the community on food waste and hunger.
  • Organization Executive Director Name: Beth Ostdiek Smith
  • Organization Executive Director Email:  [email protected]
  • Organization Executive Director Phone Number:  402.215.6718
  • Is this organization a 501c3? Yes
  • Does this organization have a physical presence or serve clients in a town with a First National Bank branch? Yes
  • List the closest First National Bank branch to the organization you are nominating: 8418 Frederick St., Omaha
  • Enter the organization's Facebook page URL:
  • Enter the organization's Twitter handle: @savinggracefood
  • Enter the organization's Instagram URL:
  • Why is the nonprofit organization a good candidate for the 2017 Community First Award? You can find information to support your personal answer to this question in this newsletter and on the website at
Deadline for nominations is July 28. Make your nomination now.
"I love the mission of Saving Grace. As long as there's one hungry soul in our community, not a single nourishing meal should wind up in the garbage."

Ellie Archer, Advisory Board Chair
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