In a 10-day period just before and after Super Bowl LIII, Second Helpings Atlanta recovered 17,044 pounds of food from events around Atlanta. That translated into 14,203 nutritious meals for those in need, many of whom live near Mercedes-Benz Stadium where the big game was played.
The massive recovery effort was the result of a partnership between Second Helpings Atlanta, a nonprofit food rescue organization, and the National Football League’s Sustainability Team. Volunteers collected food from 10 events and made 30 deliveries to 21 partner agencies. Included in the overall tally of recovered food were nearly 7,400 pounds from the stadium itself, which provided more than 6,000 meals for nearby agencies to offer as a supplement to their community meals programs. According to Second Helpings Atlanta, this was the biggest and most complex food rescue effort in the organization’s 15-year history.
Last year, Second Helpings Atlanta recovered 1.64 million pounds of food that otherwise would have ended up in landfills. That food provided 1.37 million healthy meals.
Learn more about the economic impact of Super Bowl LIII in last month’s feature, “The Biggest Game in Town.”
Photo provided by Second Helpings Atlanta.