The homeless employment collaboration between the Lucky Duck Foundation, The Salvation Army and Feeding San Diego has reached a milestone: more than 500,000 lbs. of food have been rescued as of June, 2022, and, all graduates have secured full-time employment and are still housed.
This unique, three-pronged partnership provides job training, employment and food to those who need it most, while also rescuing perfectly viable food that would have otherwise ended up in the landfill. With funding from the Lucky Duck Foundation’s employment and job training initiative, The Salvation Army hires residents of its homeless shelter and trains them to be food rescue route drivers, who then operate routes provided by Feeding San Diego including grocery stores and other businesses. The food is then distributed to those in need, often residents at The Salvation Army’s shelter. Every one of The Salvation Army residents who has participated in the program has secured full-time employment and is still housed.