Grocery Rescue

Recovering fresh food from retail stores and delivering it into the hands of Utahns who need it most.

The Grocery Rescue program is a strategic business alliance between Utah Food Bank and Utah retailers that provides a safe and efficient donation outlet for food that is nearing its expiration date, but is still safe, healthy, and wholesome to eat.

Refrigerated trucks, owned and operated by Utah Food Bank and partner agencies, operate six days a week throughout the state, picking up unsalable food donations that would otherwise be thrown away. Instead, donations are collected and distributed within 24 hours to Utahns who need it most.

Donations primarily consist of nutritious, daily consumables including fresh produce, dairy, and meats that would otherwise end up in landfills. The Grocery Rescue program has become a highly successful means of addressing poverty, hunger, and food waste in Utah. It continues to fill an important nutrition gap for Utahns facing hunger, while at the same time reducing the amount of wasted food. Last year, this program’s partnerships with 270 retailers across the state provided 16 million pounds of food for Utahns facing hunger.


A heartfelt thanks goes out to all the retailers across the state who make this program possible:


Albertsons Lee’s Marketplace Stewart’s Market
Al’s Food Town Lin’s Fresh Market Stokes
City Market Lucky Sunshine Nutrition
Cost Plus World Market Macey’s Target
Costco Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage Terrel’s Thriftway
Dan’s Fresh Market Reams Food Stores The Market at Park City
Davis Food & Drug Restaurant Depot The Store Markets
Dick’s Fresh Market Ridley’s Trader Joe’s
Fresh Market Sam’s Club Ute Plaza Super Market
Good Earth Natural Foods Smart Foodservice Walmart
Harmons Smith’s Food & Drug Stores Whole Foods Market
Home Town Market Soelberg’s Market Winco Foods
Kent’s Market Sprouts Farmers Market Winegars
Leeds Market
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