Rescuing surplus, freshly prepared meals
to reduce food waste and feed the hungry.

The Problem

Every day in Charlotte, thousands of pounds of fresh, nutritious food like salmon, beef stew, veggie lasagna and broccoli casserole is thrown away from dining halls, restaurant buffets and catered events, while around the corner, many of our Charlotte neighbors are going to bed hungry.  The problem is not a shortage of food, it’s a food distribution problem.

40% of all food is wasted every year


250,000 lbs. of food diverted from the landfill

8% of all greenhouse gas emission (GHG) each year are due to food loss & waste


An equivalent GHG benefit since 2021 of removing 34 vehicles from the road

Nearly 15% of households in Mecklenburg County are food insecure


158,000 meals served

Our Vision

Our vision is to be a first responder in alleviating hunger in the Charlotte community. There is enough fresh, viable food thrown away every single day in our community to feed each of our hungry neighbors three meals a day. That’s a lot of food ending up in landfills, releasing methane and other greenhouse gases harmful to the environment. Feeding Charlotte has the system in place to get this food to those who need it most while protecting our planet. 

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