Friendship Donations Network rescues food and reduces hunger in our community, focusing on rescuing foods that have a limited shelf life and so are not typically available in a traditional food bank model. These nutritious foods, such as fresh fruits, vegetables, and breads, are donated by local food outlets, including stores, restaurants, farms and colleges. Every day, volunteers deliver these perishable items directly to local pantries and other community food programs. FDN calls upon its network of volunteers to respond quickly once food becomes available, in order to ensure that food is distributed within a few hours on the day it is picked up. If FDN did not exist, most of this food would be discarded, contributing to environmental degradation and increased hunger.