Saving Grace Reaches 7-Million-Pound Milestone
On global Stop Food Waste Day, Saving Grace Perishable Food Rescue celebrates reaching 7 million pounds of food rescued since operations began in 2013. This surplus food, valued at $12.1 million, is donated to nonprofit agencies serving people experiencing food insecurity. 
"As rising inflation leads to more people facing food insecurity and the global focus on addressing climate change intensifies, Saving Grace provides a solution that is having a real impact on these issues," says Beth Ostdiek Smith, CEO and founder. "We know there is more we can do with our community's support."
Today, Saving Grace joins organizations throughout the world in commemorating Stop Food Waste Day. An important part of Saving Grace's work is bringing awareness to the issue of wasted food. This includes educating the public on how to reduce wasting food in their own lives, which saves families money and keeps food out of our landfills where it would produce harmful greenhouse gases.
“Food waste is central to some of the key challenges facing the world today, including hunger and poverty, climate change, health and wellbeing, and the sustainability of agriculture and oceans,” Stop Food Waste Day’s website says. 
Join Us for These Upcoming Events
Food for Thought - April 28, Noon

Join Saving Grace CEO and Founder Beth Ostdiek Smith on Thursday, April 28, for a thought-provoking presentation about how wasted food impacts our environment and perpetuates an unjust and inequitable food system. The model Beth created when she launched Saving Grace Perishable Food Rescue in 2013 has kept more than 7 million pounds of food out of our landfills and provided it to those in need.

Come early to pick up lunch across the street at the Millwork Park Lunch Pop-up from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. from House of Bah in partnership with No More Empty Pots. Then bring your lunch to The Ashton Building, 1229 Millwork Ave., for the presentation at noon.
Soil 2 Sustenance Seminar Series - April 29, 9 a.m.

Saving Grace, a founding member of Soil 2 Sustenance (S2S), invites our supporters to participate in a virtual meeting on Food Sourcing in a Changing Climate on Friday, April 29, from 9 to 11 a.m. S2S is an Omaha-based food justice collaborative.

The meeting, which will be held over Zoom, features a virtual conversation on adapting food systems to achieve equitable food distribution. Experts on the panel are:
  • Dr. Silvia Secchi, University of Iowa
  • Mitchell Hora, Continuum Ag
  • Graham Christensen, RegeNErate Nebraska
Information on how to join the Zoom meeting is available on the S2S Facebook page. 
Visit Saving Grace at These Events
Stop by the Millworks Connect Festival on Saturday, May 7, between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. and visit Saving Grace’s booth. Millwork Connect is a showcase of the Omaha community’s diverse talents and experiences. It’s part street fair mixed with meaningful discussions on local art, design, and technology. Learn more about the festival.
Attending ICAN’s Women’s Leadership Conference on Wednesday, May 18, at the CHI Health Center? Stop by Saving Grace’s booth to say hello, learn more about what we do and register for a prize drawing. Find out more about the conference.
Do Good Days – May 17 to 19 

SHARE Omaha will host the Do Good Days campaign in Greater Omaha again this year. #DoGoodDays, presented by FNBO, is three days dedicated to amplifying the mission of Greater Omaha nonprofits, inspiring the giving public, and generating all forms of support.

You can help Saving Grace Perishable Food Rescue during Do Good Days by making a donation or shopping from our wish list. Your support helps us rescue excess perishable food and deliver it to those in need. Visit Saving Grace's SHARE Omaha page.
Dining for Good at Dante - July 25

Save the date, Monday, July 25, for Saving Grace's annual fundraising dinner, Dining for Good. We have again partnered with Nick Strawhecker at Dante to present a fabulous dinner featuring rescued food and Nick’s own commitment to preventing food waste as a chef and restaurant owner. There will be fabulous items on our raffle and, of course, you will help raise much-needed funding for our daily program to rescue healthy food for those in need.

Taking the 'No Wasted Food' Pledge at Earth Day