Waste Not is creating sustainable food systems that help people and the planet flourish. They do this by eliminating food waste and hunger through innovative community partnerships. A great deal of time, money, and resources go into growing and delivering nutritious food. Yet, each year, 40% of that food is thrown away.
At the same time, nearly 1 million people in Arizona are struggling with food insecurity. Waste Not is transforming this broken system by connecting tens of thousands of Arizonans with quality food that would have otherwise gone to waste. By reimagining what’s possible for food rescue, they’re making our community and our planet healthier.
Kate Thoene is the Executive Director at Waste Not, a hunger relief organization that collects food that would otherwise go to waste and delivers it at no cost, to over 90 non-profit partner agencies.
Kate has over 20 years of non-profit leadership, program management and social enterprise experience here in The Valley. She has created and operated several social enterprise businesses in her previous positions as Chief Social Enterprise Officer at UMOM, Director of Social Enterprise and Employment at SARRC and Director of Community Kitchens Programs at St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance.
Kate serves on the Board of Directors of three local non-profits including Big Brothers Big Sisters, ONE (Organization of Non-Profit Executives) and Social Enterprise Alliance AZ.
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to serving people in need and providing others with the opportunity to serve. SVdP has been assisting central and northern Arizona families since 1946 and has more than 80 parish satellite locations.
It offers services for the homeless, medical and dental care for the uninsured, charity dining rooms, transitional housing and homelessness prevention assistance.
Danielle McMahon is the Director of Food Services at St Vincent de Paul. Arizona native, and graduate of ASU with her BS in Sociology and Family and Human Development. She has been with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul for over 8 years, and has been Director of Food Services for 3 years.
Danielle is passionate about community, service, and hunger relief, and is devoted to bringing impact to her community.