Guardian Protection Partners to Help Fight Food Insecurity

Guardian Protection vans can move nearly 50 boxes at once which helps ensure food gets to the people who need it, faster.

PITTSBURGH — Guardian Protection vans are usually seen in the community helping home and business owners protect what matters most. Recently, the company put some of their vehicles to a different use to help fight another security issue — food insecurity.

Through a partnership with 412 Food Rescue, Guardian is picking up and delivering fresh food each week to area nonprofits that will distribute the food to those in need throughout the region.

“Our mission at Guardian is to help people feel safe and secure, especially during uncertain times,” says Kevin Bish, vice president of marketing. “With food insecurity increasing during the COVID-19 crisis for people throughout the community, the partnership with 412 Food Rescue was the perfect way to mobilize our people and vehicles for good.”

Because of the volume of food donated, it requires larger vehicles to transport to the organizations in need. Guardian vans can move nearly 50 boxes at once which helps ensure food gets to the people who need it, faster. To date, Guardian food rescue heroes have transported 227 boxes to organizations in Swissvale, Braddock, West View, Beaver Falls, Baden and Highland Park. The twice weekly food deliveries will continue through August.

“During the COVID-19 crisis, we have been amazed by all the ways our community has come together to help those in need. Almost 3,000 people have signed up to volunteer, and local businesses have come up with creative ways to help get food to the people who need it,” Leah Lizarondo, co-founder and CEO of 412 Food Rescue comments. “Guardian Protection has been a valuable and generous partner during this time with the donation of their vans and volunteers. We’re thankful for their collaboration.”

Pittsburgh-based 412 Food Rescue partners with food retailers, volunteer drivers and nonprofit organizations to connect surplus food with individuals and families who are experiencing food insecurity. Thousands of volunteers are able to rescue perfectly good but unsellable food that would otherwise be wasted and redirect it to people who need it. The nonprofit’s food donor partners range from grocery stores, wholesalers, caterers, among others. 412’s partners include housing authorities, daycare centers, churches, community centers and more.

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