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 288 retailers across the state provided 19 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 Home Town Market Smart Foodservice
Al’s Food Town Jacksons Food Stores Smith’s Food & Drug Stores
Bear Lake Farmacy Kent’s Market Soelberg’s Market
City Market Kneaders Sprouts Farmers Market
Cost Plus World Market Lee’s Marketplace Stewart’s Market
Costco Lin’s Fresh Market Stokes
Dan’s Fresh Market Lucky Target
Davis Food & Drug Macey’s Terrel’s Thriftway
Dick’s Fresh Market Maverik The Store Markets
Food Ranch Mike’s Market Trader Joe’s
Frei’s Fruit Market Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage Ute Plaza Super Market
Fresh Market Reams Food Stores Walmart
Glazier’s Market Restaurant Depot Whole Foods Market
Good Earth Natural Foods Ridley’s Winco Foods
Great Harvest Bread Co. Sam’s Club Winegars


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