Join the Movement

Together, We’re Helping Communities Thrive

Two of our country’s most pressing challenges are pervasive food insecurity and the harmful effects that food waste has on our environment. The two issues have a common thread: a root cause is food. 

Consider: In 2020, a projected 50 million Americans experienced food insecurity – and yet, over 40% of the nation’s food goes unconsumed, with much of it ending up in landfills, where it produces harmful methane gas. 

Fortunately, there’s a solution that addresses both problems. By creating local, collaborative food care ecosystems, Abound Food Care empowers organizations to recover excess edible food and deliver it to people, rather than wasting it. Healthier people, healthier planet.

Through our food care model, we’re helping communities thrive – and, in the process, we’re powering a national movement. Join us.

Feeding More, and Wasting Less

Since 2012, Abound Food Care has helped rescue excess edible food and redirect it to those in need. We do this by connecting and aligning various partners across the food system continuum – food recovery partners, nonprofits, businesses, schools, and healthcare organizations – to create a total connected food care system that delivers nutritious food to people who need it, at the right place and at the right time.

The positive impact on our county has been remarkable. In 2020 alone, Abound Food Care’s partners recovered over 1.5 million pounds of excess edible food each month – equating to over 19 million meals for the year and avoiding the equivalent of 20,010 metric tons of CO2 emissions locally.

The food care model is working, and Abound continues to expand its model and leverage partnerships across the country to activate a fully optimized food care system:

  • Jurisdictions: Abound helps jurisdictions comply with local food waste/recovery regulations, such as California’s SB 1383. We also offer a Food Resource Recovery Program and an Emergency Food Management Program, which enable jurisdictions, agencies, emergency services, and community organizations to provide ready-to-eat nutritious meals during the first 48 hours following an emergency or crisis.
  • Food Donors (such as restaurants and grocery stores): We partner with food service organizations by providing them with the tools to safely and efficiently donate excess edible food to nearby food banks and pantries. A free solution, the Food Donation Program provides food safety best practices, transportation, logistical support, and data collection to help food service organizations reduce food waste, save on operational costs, or stay compliant with local or state mandates to reduce food waste.
  • Food Banks and Pantries: We empower nonprofit agencies (food banks and pantries) to safely receive, store, and distribute excess edible food to where it’s needed most. We offer guidance on compliance, support, and a range of services that help these partners build capacity and strengthen communities.
  • Healthcare Providers: Food security is a primary social determinant of health. Abound works with hospitals, healthcare providers, and community resource centers to identify those suffering from food insecurity and help families get access to the nutritious food they need through our Food Insecurity Screening Program and Medically Tailored Meal Program.
  • Volunteers: Volunteers are indispensable to a food care ecosystem. We’re always looking for food runners and those who can help with outreach, administrative tasks, and tactical work such as sorting and packing food. Help us combat food insecurity, strengthen the community, and improve the environment, while you gain experience or school credits.

Other Ways to Support the Movement

Individuals and organizations can help the movement through donations, either food or monetary, and by supporting establishments displaying the Abound seal of approval.

Take a Seat at the Table

Let’s talk about implementing a food care program within your organization, area, region, or state to reduce food waste and food insecurity, and build healthier communities. The first step: please fill out this form and our team will contact you.