Fight Hunger and Food Waste with 412 Food Rescue

Bike Pittsburgh, 412 Food Rescue, and Healthy Ride Pittsburgh are teaming up to fight hunger and fight food waste!

412 Food Rescue is a non-profit organization leading the effort to prevent viable food from entering the waste stream in Allegheny County. 412 Food Rescue volunteers directly rescue surplus food from a wide range of donors including 52nd Street Market, Giant Eagle, Whole Foods, Consumer Fresh Produce, and Bruegger’s Bagels, and deliver directly to community organizations who serve communities experiencing food insecurity.

Volunteers primarily rescue food using their own means of transportation (car, bike, and even foot!), but partnerships with ZipCar and Healthy Ride allow individuals without personal vehicles to rescue for free!

In a partnership launched in June 2016, Healthy Ride and 412 Food Rescue created an attachable bike trailer designed specifically for Healthy Ride bikes. 412 Food Rescue’s Healthy Ride trailer will now be housed at Bike Pittsburgh’s offices in Lawrenceville! Together, the organizations will work to expand 412 Food Rescue’s efforts to end food waste and end hunger in Allegheny County.

“Many Healthy Ride stations are conveniently located near grocery stores around Pittsburgh,” says Erin Potts, Director of Marketing and Community Outreach, Pittsburgh Bike Share.

“We hope that bikes provide the opportunity for people without personal motor vehicles to help 412 Food Rescue accomplish their mission.”

Bringing on Bike Pittsburgh as a partner in promoting and housing the Healthy Ride Bike Trailer provides increased accessibility for volunteers, who can easily rescue from and drop off to one of 412 Food Rescue’s partners new Butler St.

Volunteers who want to rescue using a Healthy Ride bike can contact volunteer@412foodrescue.org to receive a code to ride for free, and simply pick up and drop off the trailer at Bike Pittsburgh’s office!

Below are instructions for using the Healthy Ride voucher code, good for 2 hours of ride time:

  1. Register at HealthyRidePGH.com or the mobile app “nextbike”. Enter basic personal info AND a method of payment. Select “Pay As You Go”. Your credit/debit card will be charged a $1 deposit, which, should you ever go over your free time, will be deposited to your ride time*.
  2. In your account select “Vouchers” or “Redeem Voucher” depending on website versus app.
  3. Enter Voucher Code and hit “Redeem Voucher”.

*Should you ever go over your 2 hours of ride time, you’ll be charged the pay as you go rate, which is $2 per half hour.


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