Office of Energy and Sustainability

Oberlin Food Rescue

The RCT works with campus dining provider AVI Foodsystems, the Oberlin Student Cooperative Association (OSCA), and Oberlin Community Services (OCS) to support food rescue.

Masked student excitedly presents truck bed full of rescued food
Photo credit: Courtesy of the Office of Energy and Sustainability

Food rescue, also called food recovery, is the practice of gleaning edible food that would otherwise go to waste from places such as restaurants, grocery stores, produce markets, or dining facilities and distributing it to local emergency food programs. 

Twice a week, the RCT transports leftover prepared meals from campus dining halls and OSCA dining co-ops to OCS, which are redistributed to Lorain County residents through the OCS food pantry. If you are a food business in the City of Oberlin and want to work with us, please reach out to