Americans waste more than 40% of the food produced for consumption in the United States while millions go to bed hungry every day
What We Do
Founded in 2008 by James MacDougall, Stephen Martin and April Martin. We Share Hope works in Rhode Island and Massachusetts to recover surplus edible food and nonfood items from businesses, manufacturers, restaurants, and colleges. The food is used to feed hungry men, women, and children.
Hunger Never Rests, so Neither Do We
We have a fleet of 6 trucks on the road recovering food 7 days a week. Over 50 volunteers help keep our operation running by driving trucks, loading and unloading food, and coordinating logistics.
As a result of this dedication to food recovery, We Share Hope has been able to accomplish a lot in the past year alone:
- 1,000,000 meals provided freely to the poor and underprivileged in Rhode Island, at a cost of 7 cents per meal
- Over a million pounds of food diverted from landfills
- 57 new member agencies that feed the poor now receive food from We Share Hope
A Different Type of Organization
We offer healthy food and nonfood items to organizations who serve those in need, but who may not meet the application requirement of state food assistance more quickly, flexibly, and accessibly than other types of hunger relief programs.
Why We Do It
Four years ago two men saw the immense hunger in there communities, as well as the huge amount of food wasted. Compelled to do something to help, they started collecting food and nonfood items from the local merchants and donating it to an established neighborhood church food pantry in Warren, Rhode Island.
It is theat same commitment to ending hunger and reducing food waste that motivates We Share Hope today. Every single member of our organization is on the ground, recovering and donating food because if we don’t do it, who will?
Through Food Rescue, we are able to strengthen our communities.
We believe the resources we expend today on human capital will have a tremendous positive long range effect on our society. We make every attempt to lead by example. We develop strong trusting relationships with everyone we come in contact with. Whether they are a contributing vendor or a homeless individual with mental illness, everyone is treated with the same level of respect and commitment.