In working to reduce food waste, we're doing more than just helping the environment. By saving food that would otherwise go to waste, we are increasing the amount of food available to everyone–not just our customers, but folks in need too. Fighting food waste and fighting hunger
Food Shift works to fight food waste through educational initiatives and waste reduction consulting. In their Food Shift kitchen, they turn our ugly produce into healthy meals for the East Bay residents, as well as provide valuable job training for the homeless and unemployed.
The SF Marin Food Bank is a crucial resource for the 1 in 4 San Francisco and Marin residents who struggle with hunger. In addition to their robust food pantry program, the SFMFB is a strong advocate for food policy reform and regularly engages in community outreach through nutrition classes and assistance with Calfresh benefits. They also offer innovative neighborhood pantries that empower people to choose their own fresh groceries in a “farmers market style setting." We work directly with their food sourcing coordinator to donate produce directly to these neighborhood pantries, ensuring that it ends up where it’s needed most.
Farming Hope empowers people out of homelessness through training and employment in their community gardens and dinners. We are proud to support their work in San Francisco!
18 Reasons is an innovative community cooking school in San Francisco’s Mission District. They also offer free cooking classes in low-income communities all around the Bay Area that empower families with the necessary skills to make healthy meals on a budget. They regularly use Imperfect produce in their classes.
LA Kitchen and Imperfect both believe that neither food nor people should have to go to waste. As our main donation partner in Los Angeles, LA Kitchen transforms our ugly produce into beautiful, wholesome meals that local charities distribute to the aging, low-income, and homeless populations of Los Angeles. LA Kitchen also helps at-risk foster children get valuable job training and life skills through their Empower Program.
Urban Gleaners is primary donation partner in the Portland, Oregon area. We partnered with them because they share our belief that fighting food waste and ending hunger are one and the same. They work to alleviate hunger in Portland by recovering food from restaurants, events, and companies like Imperfect and delivering it where it’s needed most. We provide them with weekly donations of fresh produce to support their mission.
Outside In helps homeless youth and other marginalized people move towards health and self-sufficiency. Outside In uses Imperfect produce in their day program, which serves over two thousand meals a month to homeless youth. Along with healthy, balanced meals, Outside In provides youth with the hope, confidence, and skills necessary to build stable lives.
Esther’s Pantry was founded in 1985 to provide financially challenged individuals living with HIV access to food and personal care items. For over 30 years Esther’s has provided food and personal care items to thousands of people diagnosed with HIV. The Pantry serves over 200 clients a month with groceries, personal care items, and pet food. We supply fresh produce for their grocery service!
We work with The Greater Chicago Food Depository to distribute food to people in need across Chicago and Cook County, particularly children, older adults, and veterans at risk of hunger. GCFB sources food from every point along the supply chain, including produce from Imperfect, to provide nutritious options to soup kitchens, shelters, food pantries, and "Producemobiles" -- farmer's markets on wheels that deliver fresh produce to low-income areas every day. We're proud to support their mission and message.
The Westchester Food Pantry works to end hunger in the communities including Hillside, Berkeley, Broadview, Bellwood, La Grange Park, Western Springs and Westchester in Chicago. They are an entirely volunteer-run organization open year round, supported by the generous donations of local residents, organizations, and businesses.
UI Healthy Pilsen Food Pantry, started by Evelyn Figueroa, serves vulnerable Chicagoans by reducing food insecurity. She partnered with the UI Health Pilsen Lower West Family Health Center, Trader Joe's, Imperfect Produce, and others interested in addressing food insecurity to build a food pantry that was attached to a medical clinic. We are helping them address health and social outcomes through the direct distribution of high quality and culturally appropriate foods.
In order to promote health and wellness, as well as give back to those in need, Grace Housing Complex has developed the "You Got The Juice" initiative. Grace, in collaboration with Imperfect, provides fresh nutritional organic juices & bottled water to the homeless and shelter population of Chicago!
Volunteers of America's mission is to serve people and communities in need and to create opportunities for people to experience the joy of serving others. Imperfect works with Volunteers of America to combat childhood hunger by donating produce to their Preschool Grocery Delivery Program, which aims to provide nutrient dense groceries to low-income preschools in Western Washington.
Second Helpings transforms lives through the power of food. By accepting donated perishable and overstocked food, volunteers and staff prepare nutritious meals for thousands of hungry children and adults every day and distribute them free of charge through social service agencies in Greater Indianapolis.