412 Food Rescue goes bananas at the UpPrize Social Innovation Challenge community showcase. Photo by TC.

This morning, the nonprofit food donation company 412 Food Rescue and Sprezzatura Café announced plans for The Millvale Kitchen. Located at 112 East Sherman Street in the former Moose Lodge in Millvale, the kitchen will serve as a hub for volunteering and community events as well as a space for preserving and storing surplus perishables routed through 412’s Uber-like food collection app.

The project is a collaboration with the nonprofit organization New Sun Rising in Millvale. A donation of $20,000 from Sysco Pittsburgh will fund construction of the new kitchen.

“At Sysco we are very proud of our Nourishing Neighbors program and our partnership with the 412 Food Rescue organization to help fight hunger in the Western Pennsylvania area,” says Jim Mitchell, president of Sysco Pittsburgh.

New Sun Rising Executive Director Scott Wolovich standing outside the building. Photo by Brian Conway.

According to a press release, the kitchen will open sometime in the next several months.

“We are excited to launch this Spring and thankful to Sysco for this generous donation and our partners, New Sun Rising and Sprezzatura Café,” says Lizarondo, 412 Food Rescue co-founder and CEO.

Since going online in 2014, 412 Food Rescue has saved more than 5 million pounds of food. In addition to gaining new partners throughout the Western Pennsylvania region during the past year, Lizarondo also announced that the nonprofit will be collaborating with local partners to expand their app into Philadelphia, Cleveland and San Francisco.

“With over 10,000 volunteers who have downloaded the app, we are known for our efficient, simple food rescue process,” Lizarondo says.  “We also want to share with the community our other efforts in food rescue, feeding hungry people and waste reduction.”

Bill O'Toole was a full-time reporter for NEXTpittsburgh until October, 2019. He previously reported in Myanmar.