The Joseph Anthony Izzo Food Rescue Corps (JAiFRC) is an all-volunteer IL501c3 charitable origination that rescues & delivers fresh healthy groceries to food pantries & shelters throughout Northern Illinois.
Its primary mission is providing support & stability to local social safety net organizations devoted to serving food-insecure citizens & communities. Since launching in April 2017 JAiFRC members have delivered over 100 tons of fresh, healthy, viable food to our network partners.
A direct benefit of our rescue work is the disruption of the food waste cycle. We prevent perfectly edible food from ending up in greenhouse-gas emitting landfills. Protecting & sustaining the local ecology is an essential aspect of our overarching social justice mission.
JAiFRC also supports our beloved 4-legged companion animals in Humane and No-kill Animal Shelters with products generously donated from our pet food store retail partners.
[ 'There are no passengers on Spaceship Earth - We are all crew' - Marshall McLuhan ]
The US alone produces approx. 63 million tons of food waste per year.
Food waste isn't just a devastating misuse of natural resources it also adversely impacts the world's carbon footprint.
According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, food waste accounts for 25 percent of all the fresh water use in the U.S. and takes up 21 percent of landfill volume.
Annually, global waste amounts to approx. 1.3 billion tons of food; creating a greenhouse gas footprint bigger than all countries, except the United States and China.
Which means if Food Waste were a country - it's carbon footprint would be equivalent to being the third largest country.