Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) is partnering with Fraport Pittsburgh’s 412 Food Rescue food recovery organization to bring an end to food waste in the U.S.

“Food waste is a moral problem when so many of our neighbors are going hungry,” says Leah Lizarondo, 412 Food Rescue co-founder and CEO. “We are excited to work with Pittsburgh International Airport and Fraport Pittsburgh in their sustainability efforts and goal to ensure that viable food does not go to waste.”

Several operators within the airport have committed to the effort as well; names such as Starbucks, Hudson, Dunkin’ Donuts and others have pledge donations to local nonprofits that will be matched by 412 Food Rescue to help feed residents.

“412 Food Rescue’s innovative distribution model bridges the last mile, impacting access and food security at a local level,” says Ben Zandi, President and CEO of Fraport USA. “This type of forward-thinking organization enriches lives and communities. We thank our operators for their support and for working to be part of the solution.” 

Twice a week, 412 Food Rescue volunteers will pick up food at the airport and distribute it around the surrounding areas to cut back on food waste. The airport’s first donations were picked up by volunteers on Sept. 14.