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ABOUT US

We envision a future where good food will not be wasted and negatively impact the environment. Where food-insecure families and individuals can thrive without worrying about where their next meal will come from. And where excess food has an easy and direct line to communities in need.

Our Mission

We support the community and the environment by reclaiming and redistributing quality food to those in need.

Our Vision

No one will go hungry while good food is thrown away.

See us in action

HOW IT WORKS

Rather than sending food to the landfill, We Don’t Waste believes that good food should feed people. It’s a relatively simple concept, with a big impact! As our tagline notes…when we save food, we get to protect the planet and feed people!

Saving Food

Over 40 million pounds of food recovered since 2009

Feeding People

Where does the food go?

Protecting the Planet

Since 2009, we have prevented the release of 71,435,589 lbs of co2e – saving the emissions created by driving a car over 80 million miles

Mobile Food Markets:

In winter 2019, We Don’t Waste began partnering with organizations located in food deserts by bringing a Mobile Food Market to their sites. Currently, We Don’t Waste hosts about six to eight markets a month, serving thousands of people.

Community-based hunger-relief organizations:

We Don’t Waste serves over 100 hunger-relief organizations (plus another 220 through partner distribution), ranging from soup kitchens, to school food pantries, shelters, and food banks. Agencies report that they save an average of $27,000 each year on food because of We Don’t Waste.

History &
Initiatives

We Don’t Waste began in 2009 with one man, a vision, and a Volvo. Noticing how much good food was going to waste, founder Arlan Preblud decided to take it upon himself to deliver the excess to local food banks.

In just over ten years, We Don’t Waste has grown into a full operation led by Arlan’s passion and vision. In 2017, we moved into an 11,750-square-foot Food Recovery and Distribution Center. With four refrigerated trucks (a special place for Volvo’s still in our heart) and a growing staff — our impact continues to grow across the Denver metro region.

We’re proud to lead initiatives where we can connect with our community personally and help food go further. Check out what we’re up to and learn about how you can get involved!

All time Servings recovered and distributed

Fruit
11,971,874
Servings
Vegetables
41,595,553
Servings
Dairy
11,754,292
Servings
Bakery
7,206,575
Servings
Protein
6,979,218
Servings
Shelf-Stable
36,156,782
Servings

Frequently Asked Questions

Is We Don’t Waste a Food Bank?

No, We Don’t Waste is not a food bank. However, many of the items we obtain are provided to local food banks, along with food pantries, shelters, youth-focused organizations, and others!

Is there a fee for We Don’t Waste’s services?

We Don’t Waste does not charge any fees to either its food donors or recipient agencies. We also require our nonprofit partners to offer food for free to their participants.

Does We Don’t Waste pick up food from individuals?

We Don’t Waste does not pick up food from individuals, as we cannot guarantee the integrity of the food required for food safety.

What are my liabilities with regard to the donation of food?

The Federal Good Samaritan Act and the Good Samaritan Act of the State of Colorado protect all donors so long as they follow food safety requirements. You can read more about the Good Samaritan Act on our food donation page.

Does We Don’t Waste pick up excess food from buffet tables?

For food safety reasons, We Don’t Waste, only recovers food that has not been put out for public consumption.

Does We Don’t Waste pick up food at night?

Because of logistical issues, We Don’t Waste does not pick up at night, except in special circumstances.

Is there a location where I can drop off food to be distributed by We Don’t Waste?

Yes. Please contact us for more info and to schedule a delivery! Call 720.443.6113 ext. 3 or email us at food@wedontwaste.org.

Is there a limit to the quantity of food you can collect and distribute?

To provide appropriate quantities to our agency partners, We Don’t Waste requires a minimum of 250 units.

If you are able to deliver the food to our Distribution Center, we may be able to accept smaller donations. Please call 720.443.6113 ext. 3 or email us at food@wedontwaste.org to discuss further.

Do you deliver food to individuals?

We serve individuals at our regular Mobile Food Markets. We also provide food to community-based agencies that, in turn, provide food to individuals, as they deem appropriate. If you are hungry or otherwise in need of assistance, please call United Way’s 211 “Get Connected, Get Help” 2-1-1, or reach out to Hunger Free Colorado at (855)-855-4626.

How can we partner with We Don’t Waste?

You can find information on how to partner with We Don’t Waste on our Food Donor page or the Food Recipient page.

What areas of Denver do you serve?

We Don’t Waste currently serves the Denver Metropolitan area.

Where can I find information on We Don’t Waste’s financials?

We Don’t Waste releases annual reports every year with updated financial information. You can review our most recent financials, form 990’s, and annual reports along with information about our commitment to accountability here.

Our team

Arlan Preblud

Founder & Executive Director

As the Founder and Executive Director of We Don’t Waste, Arlan wears many hats. He works tirelessly to ensure that the mission of We Don’t Waste is met not only today, but every day that there are people struggling with food insecurity.

In his spare time, you’ll find Arlan enjoying the company of his wife, Leigh, and their Portuguese water dog, Finley (who also serves as We Don’t Waste’s Chief of Security).

Arlan says that the mission of We Don’t Waste challenges him and all of us to feed everyone and protect our planet.

Kyle Endres

Director of Development

Kyle works to ensure We Don’t Waste has the funding and ability to support its vital work. You can usually find Kyle interacting with donors, working on grant proposals, or thinking about how We Don’t Waste can have an even bigger impact on the community. And he occasionally gets to help move food around the Distribution Center.

In his spare time, you’re likely to find Kyle playing silly games with his kids.

Kyle says that he’s excited to go to work every day because of his vital role in giving people food that they need, supporting fellow nonprofits with free food, and keeping good food out of the landfill to help protect the environment.

Sam Talarczyk

Director of Programs & Operations

Sam spends his day shares his love for cooking and healthy food with the local community. Whether at the warehouse or out on the trucks delivering to partner agencies, Sam strives to build sustainable relationships that will help to put an end to hunger in Denver.

Sam loves Colorado because, no matter the season, there is bountiful opportunity for fun in the sun!

When asked what most inspires him about We Don’t Waste’s mission, Sam said, “I believe the true power in our mission lies within the fact that by redistributing food to our local community, not only are we feeding those in need, but we are also helping to combat environmental issues, boosting Denver’s economy, and shedding light on a variety of socioeconomic and cultural issues. The simplicity of We Don’t Waste, coupled with this multifaceted impact is incredibly inspiring!”

Brandon Anderson

Food Recovery Specialist

Laura Anthony

Food Recovery Specialist

Bio coming soon…

Mario Conca

IT Support & Database Administrator

In his role as the IT Support & Database Administrator, Mario spends much of his day behind-the-scenes troubleshooting various issues and searching for ways to improve the software we use. Despite liking behind-the-scenes work, everyone notices when Mario is on vacation and there’s a technology glitch–which makes Mario a rather invaluable member of the team.

In his spare time, you’ll find Mario working on one of his many projects whether that is with food, metal, plants, renewable energy, technology, vehicles, or woodworking. You’ll also find him spending time with his family.

To Mario, We Don’t Waste’s mission means that he has the opportunity to, at scale, assist those that are desperately in need of good food every day.

Barona DiNapoli

Volunteer Coordinator

At We Don’t Waste, Barona communicates with and organizes our amazing team of volunteers as they sort, package, and distribute food to the hunger-relief agencies we serve and to the families that attend at our Mobile Food Markets.

In her spare time she likes to ride her bike and search for the front range’s best yard sales.

Barona believes that food is a powerful tool for bringing communities together and that redistributing excess food addresses numerous growing needs in our community.

Daniel Epstein

Distribution Center Associate

A typical work day for Daniel can have a decent amount of variety. They will do anything from help in the warehouse, to assisting on the trucks with food recovery, and even being an extra hand at We Don’t Waste’s Mobile Food Markets.

In their spare time, Daniel likes to travel, write in their journal, play Dungeons and Dragons, or study Chess.

To Daniel, the mission of We Don’t Waste represents an opportunity to give back to a community that has provided a good life for them, their family, and their friends. Daniel says they are “proud to carry out the mission because it is extremely important to to be an active, engaged member of my hometown.”

Nathan Hanna

Food Recovery Specialist

Bio coming soon…

Caroline Hissong

Communications & Marketing Coordinator

Caroline works to support We Don’t Waste’s community outreach efforts by writing, creating, and editing web and social media content. When she’s not working with partners or volunteers she is usually scribbling in Photoshop.

In her spare time, Caroline enjoys spending time outside in the sun accompanied by a good sci-fi novel or her sketchbook.

Caroline loves working for We Don’t Waste, because she gets to pay-it-forward to the community and to the planet, both of which lend to so much of her happiness.

Allie Hoffman

Manager of Strategic Communications & Impact

Allie enjoys sharing We Don’t Waste’s mission and impact with the world. You’ll typically find her developing relationships with hunger-relief advocates, evaluating the impact of We Don’t Waste’s programs, and developing new strategies and messages to better serve the community.

In her spare time, you’ll find Allie hiking, baking, and spending time in her garden (as long as it isn’t covered in snow)! Allie loves diy projects and all of the animals.

We Don’t Waste is important to Allie because food is deeply connected to our health, traditions, celebrations, and environment. She loves that she gets to work every day to ensure that all people have access to healthy food.

Matthew Karm

Agency & Food Acquisitions Manager

You’ll find Matthew wearing many hats (literally and figuratively) at We Don’t Waste! As one of the most outgoing members of the We Don’t Waste team, Matthew loves that he gets to interact with food donors and recipients while serving those in need.

Matthew loves Colorado because he gets to wake up every day to the majestic mountains. And in his spare time, you’ll find him spending time with his niece and nephew. 

Matthew is constantly working to make our community better and says that it’s “a true honor to be able to assist so many of those around our communities.”

Jessica LeMaire

Development & Events Coordinator

Jessica helps We Don’t Waste with fundraising activities and planning events. She loves building relationships with supporters and is excited to be part of this wonderful organization.

On the weekends you can find Jessica trying to keep up on a hike with her border collie, trying a new recipe, or exploring a new part of the state.

Jessica believes in We Don’t Waste’s mission because she views getting quality food into the hands of struggling families while keeping it out of the landfill is a win-win. She’s honored to work for an organization that has such an incredible and tangible impact on both our community and our environment. 

Julia Lennon

Programs & Education Coordinator

Julia enjoys educating people about the environmental and social impacts of food waste. You will often find her at our Mobile Food Markets, working with the Operations Team to provide free food to families in our community. You can also find her presenting to groups, both young and old, about We Don’t Waste’s mission, food waste, hunger, nutrition, and what we can all do to make an impact! 

On the weekends you can find Julia hiking, skiing, or enjoying time with friends in the park! 

As one of We Don’t Waste’s most passionate environmentalists, Julia loves working towards an equitable and sustainable food system, where all can achieve food security, while protecting our beautiful planet! 

Drew Sanford

Daily Operations Manager

Drew drives (pun intended) We Don’t Waste’s mission forward. He’s involved in many of the seemingly little details that keep We Don’t Waste running smoothly. Ranging from keeping our inventory up-to-date to ensuring that our vehicles are in good working order, Drew is an integral part of the team.

Drew always has something to say and is quick to share a joke.

Drew says that, to him, We Don’t Waste’s mission means “hope for the future.”

Josh Soukup

Food Recovery Specialist

Josh spends his time at We Don’t Waste recovering and distributing quality food that would otherwise end up going to waste. 

Josh loves living in Colorado because the mountains are bigger and the breweries are better.

Josh is particularly mindful of health disparities that can arise due to food insecurity and is passionate about providing a solution so our community members have the resources to meet their basic needs.

Kayleigh Zahn

Food Recovery Specialist

Kayleigh spends her day driving all around the Denver area recovering unwanted food and bringing it to the communities that need it most. You’ll often find her talking to other agencies in the area who are also doing their part to help our neighbors here in Denver.

In her spare time, you can find Kayleigh cooking, playing volleyball, and hanging out with her two cats; Frank and Gus.

We Don’t Waste’s mission is important to Kayleigh because she is passionate about increasing access to healthy foods while keeping those foods out of landfills!

Finley (woof)

Chief of Security

Finley is one of the most recognizable fixtures around the We Don’t Waste offices. He’s also, thankfully, the furriest. Finley is a lifetime Colorado resident who loves being outdoors and playing with his ball.

Our Board

Michael Richards

Board President
Retired VP, General Counsel & Secretary, DCP Midstream Partners, LP

Shannon Garcia-Lewis

Board Vice President
Senior Vice President, People, Housecall Pro.

Elaine Holoboff, PhD

Board Secretary
Self-employed writer

Matt Kelly

Board Treasurer
Chief Financial Officer, Premier Roofing Company

Jorge De La Torre, M.Ed.

Board Director
Director of Culinary Education, Kitchen Network-Park Hill Campus

Allison Fries

Board Director
Consultant Manager, Perficient

Adam Hammond

Board Director
General Manager & Executive Chef, Epicurean Group

Sherry Johnson

Board Director
Director, Corporate Social Responsibility, CoBank

Charles Jordy

Board Director
CEO, Jordy Construction

Bruce Kirchhoff

Board Director
Retired VP, General Counsel and Secretary, Royal Gold, Inc.