Hero of the Week: Leah Lizarondo

Throughout the week, our ACC Team searches through emails and news articles looking for someone who deserves to be the Hero of the Week… Find out how you can nominate a Hero of the Week at the bottom of the page.

There are food companies and businesses that toss away hundreds of pounds of food every day. The food is perfectly good to eat, but the companies can no longer sell it due to its appearance or the sell-by-dates. It turns out that food waste makes up 25 percent of all material in landfills and is the leading cause of greenhouse gas emissions.

In 2015, Leah Lizarondo, from Pittsburgh, started 412 Food Rescue. They take the discarded food and redirect it to households and non-profits. Leah has also started an app called Food Rescue Hero to organize over 13 thousand drivers in 15 cities to help distribute the much-needed food. 412 Food Rescue even has its own kitchen called The Good Food Project where they turn the food into heat-and-eat meals.

With the help of 800 retailers, which results in a zero-cost for food, Leah has been providing 600 meals a week to those in need. Since the non-profit’s start, it’s been estimated that they’ve created 17 million meals which has eliminated 11 million pounds of CO-2!

Learn more in this feature from the Good News Network.

Kix’s Response:

Leah Lizarondo, you are this week’s ACC Hero. Good work!

Nominate a Hero of the Week

Now, we want to know who has made a difference in your life. Nominate a local firefighter, police officer, EMT or someone who is serving our country in the military. It could even be a neighbor, family member or friend who lent a crucial helping hand. Let us know all about the person who you feel is a real life hero by emailing us here and please feel free to send us a picture!

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