Mel Cronin
412 Food Rescue, Operations Program Manager

Mel Cronin grew up in Central Pennsylvania and moved to Pittsburgh after university; with what was supposed to be a stop along the way, nearly 10 years later she’s very happy to call Pittsburgh home.

Mel graduated from James Madison University in 2008 with a Bachelors in Sociology and a Graduate Certificate in International Nonprofit Management.  Mel currently works at 412 Food Rescue as the Operations Program Manager.

Human relationships, systems, and structures have long been an interest and passion for Mel, so devoting her career to the inequities of the food industry was a natural fit. Her experience has shifted from growing food at an urban garden, to providing food at the Community Human Services (CHS) Food Pantry, to now coordinating distribution networks at 412 Food Rescue. There are so many facets of food insecurity, and there is no one solution to eliminate hunger. Mel truly believes that the work being done at 412 Food Rescue is having a long-term impact—by taking perfectly good food that would have otherwise been thrown out and delivering it to nonprofits and places individuals experiencing food insecurity already are, we are eliminating so many barriers, the biggest being transportation.

In her free time, Mel enjoys hiking, foraging for mushrooms and edible plants, drinking way too much coffee, and going on adventures around the city.