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All Cocoa Packs Food Rescue volunteer opportunities are claimed using the Food Rescue US software. Click the link above to sign up and register for your account. Once you've registered, you can begin to claim rescues!  Our Food Rescue Program Coordinator will also send you additional information specific to Cocoa Packs Food Rescue.

What is Cocoa Packs Food Rescue?

Also called food recovery, food rescue is the practice of collecting fresh, edible food that would have otherwise gone to waste from restaurants, grocers, and other food establishments in our area to distribute to the children enrolled to receive Cocoa Packs.

Food rescue is extremely effective because it simultaneously helps get food to those who need it most, reduces food waste, and serves as an opportunity for local food service providers in our area to partner with Cocoa Packs.

Through a partnership with Food Rescue US, Cocoa Packs is helping to lead the way in Central PA by delivering a streamlined simple solution for connecting healthy, usable surplus food from our restaurant partners to help meet critical hunger demand through the use of Food Rescue’s simple and efficient proprietary technology.

How does it work?

It’s simple! Through the use of Food Rescue’s technology, Cocoa Packs Food Rescuers sign up and match with food donation opportunities. Once a match is made, the Food Rescuer self-schedules to pick up the food from the donor and delivers it to us.

On average, a food rescue takes approximately 30 minutes. We work closely with our partners at the rescue sites to ensure convenience for the rescues!

You don’t need to be ‘tech-savvy’ to use the technology! It’s designed to be user-friendly and has a comprehensive tutorial. Anyone can be a Cocoa Packs Food Rescuer! All you need is a valid drivers license, transportation, and the desire to help connect usable excess food to the children we assist!

Food Rescue Process

Ready to become a Cocoa Packs Food Rescuer?

With just a few simple steps, you can become a Cocoa Packs Food Rescuer!

  1. Click here to complete our Cocoa Packs Food Rescuer Enrollment
  2. Once you’re enrolled and approved, you’ll receive an email with instructions on how to get signed up with the Food Rescue site and how to schedule yourself for food rescues.
  3. Once you’re scheduled, you’ll receive site specific information to make completing your rescue simple and efficient!
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Are you a Food Service Business who would like to become a Cocoa Packs Food Rescue site?

Any business that has excess food that could be going to waste is a potential Cocoa Packs Food Rescue partner! Food donations are tax-deductible, too. Plus, you’ll receive promotional benefit through Cocoa Packs for your involvement and donation.

Click here to complete our Food Rescue Partner Intake Form. A member of the Cocoa Packs Food Rescue team will contact you to discuss next steps!

Exciting Partnership Announcements!

APRIL 16, 2022

We are THRILLED to share that Cocoa Packs Food Rescue was selected to be the primary partner of Trader Joe’s Neighborhood Shares! Every Thursday-Sunday, twice a day, our CP Food Rescue volunteers pick up a van full of unsold, fresh product ranging from fresh fruit and produce to meat, frozen foods, pantry items, and even fresh flowers! The food is then received by our receiving team before going directly into the hands of the children we assist during our weekly distribution.
In just two weeks, we’ve received and distributed over 8,000lbs of product from Trader Joe’s.
Our Cocoa Packs Food Rescue program, launched last year, has made a tremendous impact on our ability to help more children. We are so grateful for our food rescue partnerships and for the volunteers who help complete over 40 rescues a week! Our volunteer need is great and we’d love to have you join us!
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SEPTEMBER 8, 2021

COCOA PACKS ANNOUNCES FOOD RESCUE PARTNERSHIP WITH HERSHEY ENTERTAINMENT AND RESORTS TO BENEFIT CHILDREN IN CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA

Cocoa Packs announced an exciting new food rescue partnership with Hershey Entertainment & Resorts on September 8th at The Chocolatier Restaurant, Bar + Patio!

Visit our media page for the full release or visit HE&R’s Stories at https://stories.hersheypa.com/her-partners-with-cocoa-packs-on-food-rescue-program/ for full details!

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The HE&R Culinary Team and Cocoa Packs Food Rescuers/Receivers in Action!