At Sharing Excess
, we're using surplus to solve scarcity.
By partnering with grocery stores, restaurants, wholesalers, and
farmers, Sharing Excess rescues and redistributes over 120,000
lbs. of food every week.
Our food system is wasteful and inefficient.
Nearly 40% of food goes to waste in the
At least 38 million Americans experience
We're wasting more than
double the amount
of food needed to close the "hunger gap."
The biggest barrier is access.
We improve access to excess.
Sharing Excess specializes in last-mile logistics. We use
technology and clever innovation to deliver food excess to
communities free of charge, before it goes to waste.
IMPACT: BY THE NUMBERS
Pounds of Food Rescued since 2018
Partnering with grocery stores, restaurants, wholesalers, and
farmers, Sharing Excess has rescued and delivered food to over
180 nonprofits and food banks.
Total Retail Value of Rescued Food
With an average retail value of $2.86 per pound, Sharing
Excess has returned over $9 million of valuable, fresh food to
the local economy and community.
Pounds of CO2 Diverted from Landfills
By keeping food waste out of landfills, Sharing Excess has
diverted over 18 million pounds of carbon dioxide from the
IN THE NEWS
We’ve grown from a student startup, to a national movement.
With chapters at 12 campuses, Sharing Excess is continually growing
to become the leader in food redistribution around the country.
Philadelphia Food Rescue Organization Develops a Scalable Model
for Food Donation
July 29, 2022
Through their ongoing partnership, Sharing Excess is able to
recover edible food and bring it directly to communities. Their
volunteers set up pop-up events where community members can
choose what they take home.
Gov. Wolf, First Lady Highlight Administration-Long Food
Security Efforts During Visit to Philadelphia Food Rescue
July 29, 2022
Gov. Wolf, First Lady Frances Wolf, and Agriculture Secretary
Russell Redding visited Sharing Excess, a food rescue
organization, to highlight innovative food security efforts that
are feeding Pennsylvanians.
Food Sharing Program Prevents Waste and Sparks a Movement
July 5, 2022
Sharing Excess came to be when a Drexel student gave away 50
meals left in his dining account to people in need. He inspired
others to join his efforts, which grew to include excess “food
rescue” from a network of grocers, restaurants, farmers, and
wholesalers. Today the nonprofit delivers an average of 100,000
pounds of food each week. The ultimate vision of Sharing Excess
is to use every available resource that is wasted or
underutilized to cover basic needs for all.
This Student-Run Food Rescue Program Delivers 100,000 Pounds of
Food to Philadelphians Per Week
February 23, 2021
Last March, as Philly scrambled to adjust our lives to Governor
Tom Wolf’s new shutdown orders, Drexel alum and Sharing Excess
founder Evan Ehlers realized something: Restaurants prepared for
a busy week would suddenly find themselves awash in leftover
food. Sharing Excess, the fledgling food rescue nonprofit
founded by Ehlers and staffed by college students, sprung into
action. In 48 hours, Ehlers and his team rescued more than
10,000 pounds of food — enough to feed roughly 90 families of
four for a week — from 24 different restaurants, including
Saxby’s cafes and Stephen Starr locations.
Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market and Sharing Excess
Collaboration Donates Over 2M Pounds of Food
Dec 24, 2021
PHILADELPHIA — After nearly six months of collaborating to
provide free fresh produce to low income Philadelphians, the
Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market and Sharing Excess have
been able to donate 2,039,323 pounds of food back to the
community. With food insecurity continuing to impact 38 million
Americans a year and 20% of Philadelphians, the organizations
remain committed to making unsold produce that would otherwise
be thrown away available to people in Philadelphia through food
National TV Ad: Because community can't wait.
Dec 15, 2020
Evan Ehlers, an alum from the Charles D. Close School of
Entrepreneurship, built Sharing Excess, a nonprofit organization
with a mission to address food insecurity in Philadelphia and
around the country. Dragons are extraordinary and making a
difference in this changing world. Because community can't
There's Enough Food to Feed Everyone, the Issue is with
Dec 5, 2021
On November 30th, we joined the student-run NGO “Sharing Excess”
in their mission of tackling the problem of food insecurity. In
communities everywhere, food is going to waste while people
suffer from food insecurity. This is a disconnect created by the
logistical barriers between excess and scarcity. If solved, this
connection could ensure food security for all people living on
our planet. But as vast a problem as food waste is, the solution
often boils down to simple last mile logistics and delivery.
Sharing Excess is meeting this challenge with the power of
people, technology, and compassion.
Food Sharing During Covid-19
May 17, 2020
Meet the 24-year-old founder of Sharing Excess that is getting
good food to the people that need it most during the coronavirus
pandemic. (Source: QuickTake)
As Philly restaurants shutter, massive amounts of food are at
risk of going to waste. Here’s how to help.
March 16, 2020
On Monday, Philadelphia restaurants responded to Mayor Jim
Kenney’s order that they restrict operations to pickup and/or
delivery. While some partnered with third-party carriers or
prepared to offer curbside delivery, other establishments
decided to temporarily close — which creates the potential for a
massive amount of food going to waste.
Nonprofits Join Together to Share LOVE
May 28, 2020
A group of Philly nonprofits has joined together to give back to
the community during the coronavirus pandemic. ‘Sharing LOVE’ is
providing meals to anyone in need. Philly Live’s Aunyea Lachelle
talks to Evan Ehlers about how you can help.
Sharing Excess Addresses College Student Food Insecurity
Dec 1, 2019
Sharing Excess is an organization working to fight food
insecurity and address the root causes of hunger in
Philadelphia, PA. The new nonprofit serves the Philadelphia
through its chapters on college campuses across the city. And
Sharing Excess is especially devoted to helping college students
improve their food security through meal swipes, food recovery,
and new “food scholarships.”
Sharing Excess: Using College Meal Swipes to Close the Gap
Between Food Waste and Food Insecurity
Jul 17, 2019
The waste going on in America is immense. Approximately 1/3 of
all food produced in the United States (126 billion pounds) is
thrown in landfills each year. This waste is due to a variety of
reasons like non-standardized expiration dates, aesthetic
imperfections, and supply chain inefficiencies.
We're growing! And we need your help.
There are lots of ways you can help Sharing Excess in your free
time. Join more than 100 volunteers doing their part to make life
more sustainable and equitable for everyone.
Join our fleet of paid and volunteer drivers, rescuing food
seven days a week. Help us close the gap between food excess and
scarcity in your own car on your own time.
Help support our mission to reduce food waste and fight food
insecurity in our communities. 100% of your tax deductible
donation goes to our rescuing and redistributing food.
You can help Sharing Excess fight food waste from the comfort of
your own home. Join our team and help us source food, fundraise,
research, and much more.
SUPPORT OUR MISSION
For every $1 donated, we can rescue and distribute 16 meals.
We rely on the support of our community to continue rescuing food
and delivering free of charge. Every dollar counts.
Sharing Excess is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization
therefore all donations are tax-deductible. Nonprofit Tax ID/EIN:
86-2161466. "Sharing Excess" is a registered trademark
(TM). All rights reserved.