Leah Lizarondo

United States

Leah Lizarondo co-founded the organization 412 Food Rescue, a technology driven food recovery solution that bridges the disconnect between the 40% of food that goes to waste and the 1 in 7 people experiencing food insecurity in the United States. Their mobile app, Food Rescue Hero, directs a network of over 12,000 volunteers to transport surplus food to a network of over 600 nonprofits – ensuring perfectly good food feeds people not landfills.


Lizarondo’s organization supports the following SDGs:

Goal 2: Zero Hunger

Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production

Goal 13: Climate Action


“Food Rescue Hero facilitates a point-to-point distribution model that completely changes the way we enable food access. Not only are we able to recover healthy, perishable food, we are able to distribute food more widely — mitigating barriers such as transit access, mobility, disability and time. We have prevented over 6 million pounds of food from going to landfills to feeding those who are in need. This is the largest volunteer transport network and the most food recovered by a grassroots network globally.”


Leah was selected as a 2019 WE Empower Awardee.