Job Opportunity: Seeking a Site Director for Fairfield County, Connecticut

By now you probably know what we’re about but just in case you don’t, we’re all about ending American food insecurity through direct transfer food rescue. We are in our 5th year of food rescue, where we have rescued over 14,000,000 meals for hungry Americans.  We have a small but potent team but as you can see our vision for addressing this problem without a good reason for being is anything but small. Our core team is made up of passionate, energetic people who are consumed with delivering as much good food to those in need as possible. Our team values simplicity, community, gratitude, creativity and “saying yes.”

If this sounds like you and you’d like to be a part of the food rescue revolution at a very integral level, Community Plates is for you. Join us and be ready to share what you’ve learned, what you do best and who you are and then get ready to make a huge difference for your neighbors and people all over the country.

Position

We are seeking a leader passionate about positive change to direct Fairfield County, our flagship site. The requirements are simple; ability to build and motivate a team, strong computer skills and strong organizational skills for managing all the moving parts of direct transfer food rescue in Fairfield County. This position is about commitment to rapid growth focused on 100,000 plus individuals in this county who can’t provide for themselves the food they or their families need to live healthily.
The function of the National team is to administratively support our site directors in their food rescue mission, so when considering if you’re right for this opportunity think less about filling out stacks of paperwork and more about passionately motivating a movement.

Position Benefits

  • Ground floor access and voice to a game changing, innovative food justice platform.
  • Ability to work directly with Community Plate’s core team including our National Site Director and Executive Director.
  • Opportunity to see direct impact on underserved peoples.
  • Monthly cash stipend.

Responsibilities

  • Build and manage Fairfield County’s direct transfer food rescue team.
  • Set and meet growth goals related to annual “meals rescued” goals.
  • Identify potential donors (both in-kind and financial) for followup.
  • Public speaking a plus but not required.

Qualifications

  • Interest in non-profit organizations, passion for the cause and a desire to learn about and support Community Plate’s mission.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
  • Knowledge of: Microsoft Office, Google Apps, Twitter, Facebook
  • Ability to manage time, balance multiple tasks, and meet deadlines
  • Familiarity and previous Community Plates experience a plus

Compensation & Time
We are looking to fill this position as soon as possible.

  • Compensation: Monthly cash stipend
  • Time: 10-15 hours per week, schedule can be determined based on availability all hours can be completed remotely.
  • Location: Wherever you can be doing the most good
  • Will review applications on a rolling basis

How to Apply:

To apply, send cover letter and resume to opportunities@communityplates.org. Please include “Fairfield County Site Director” in the subject line.

 

On the Move: New Community Plates Locations, New Site Director, & A Record-Breaking Month

We Are on the Move!

Where you ask? Notre Dame University has launched a 6d89f132-ef69-480c-a82d-e59876af1992food rescue program with the support of Community Plates, Point72 Asset Management in Stamford will soon launch their own program in partnership with us, and our Washington, DC launch is imminent! We continue conversations in 598d6cdd-4ca0-4c31-a9a9-da068b626f80other cities around the country, stand by for news on the next wave of new sites!

 

New Albuquerque Site Director

6e32e486-8193-4936-8ad3-69ab31e740cePlease meet Brittainy Mullins, our new Site Director in Albuquerque! If her name sounds familiar, it’s because she is Kevin’s sister-in-law. Brittainy is ready to take over our operation and is excited to build our work out there. She was born and raised in the DFW area, graduated from The University of Texas at Arlington with a marketing degree and moved to Albuquerque in 2004 . After having two children, she fulfilled her dream of being a stay-at-home mom. While currently balancing her volunteer efforts at a local church and homeschooling her children, her passion for serving and helping others thrives. In her childhood years, her family was the benefactor of food benevolence programs. She expressed, “Now that I have a family of my own, I realize how lean my parents’ budget must have been. I’m excited to see the ruin of hunger in Albuquerque and feel Community Plates is just the key!”

The Numbers Don’t Lie

August was our most productive month EVER, we rescued 500,000 meals in one month! Our newest numbers look like this: meals rescued to date: 13.9 million, pounds of food saved from landfill: 20 million; conservatively valued at $35.6 million. WOW! That’s a lot of food running!

Fairfield County Fundraiser Events

We are benefitting from two fun foodie events in October in Fairfield County. Click on the links below for tickets and more information. We hope to see all of you there!

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Kitchen Crawl Tickets

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Chowdafest Tickets

Meet Miss Joyce of Wilson Food Pantry in Stamford, Connecticut

September is #HungerActionMonth and Community Plates is spreading awareness by highlighting some of our local hunger advocates. Did you know that our volunteers deliver food to more than 25 pantries and kitchens across Fairfield County each week? Wilson Pantry in Stamford is particularly special to us, as you can see from this post written by food runner Sam Mauro after a recent visit.
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missjoyce2 I walked into the basement pantry on Wednesday afternoon and found Miss Joyce sitting in her chair, sorting through some apples and bags of greens. “You guys done good by us this week,” she said, referring to the bountiful produce that some of our food runners dropped by the pantry. She was in a joyful mood despite the oppressive heat.

Have you met Miss Joyce yet? She’s the southern transplant that founded the food pantry at Wilson Church in Stamford, Connecticut. What started out as her retirement project soon turned into a two-day a week commitment for the past 11 years. Her goal for the pantry is simple; to make sure that every one of the 300 families she serves every week has a solid diet. She adds, “You help us in a great way to meet that goal.”
missjoyce1 Wilson Pantry isn’t a fancy operation. Miss Joyce operates out of a church basement with minimal refrigeration or storage space and she hands out food only once per week. She and her volunteers start every Wednesday putting together grocery bags for each family that will come through their doors on Thursday afternoon. It isn’t rare that Community Plates is often the only source of fresh fruits and vegetables for the pantry. The other food banks that donate typically only have bread products, and in the words of Miss Joyce, “You can’t grow strong kids on bread alone.”

Miss Joyce has a soft spot for the children that come through the pantry. She explains that many of the families have upwards of 5 kids and she gets to know every one of them. These families rely on Wilson and the efforts of groups like Community Plates to feed all of those mouths. Often the parents work but just don’t make enough money to pay all of the bills. Miss Joyce always tries to stash away some goodies for her pint-sized patrons, but, she mentions with a heavy heart, at the end of the day, there isn’t enough food to go around for everyone.

missjoyce3Usually when you drop at Wilson Pantry, volunteers are ready to help unload and bring the food right in from your car. But if you have a few extra minutes, go in and introduce yourself to Miss Joyce. She loves thanking volunteers in person and showing them her labor of love. And if you want to go the extra mile, ask Miss Joyce if you can volunteer on a Thursday to help hand out the food and see the impact of your efforts up close.

Five Ways You Can Support Hunger Action Month Locally

Hunger affects every community, and during Hunger Action Month, Community Plates is sharing five ways you can make a difference in your own neighborhood:

  1. Sign-up to become a Community Plates Food Runner.

Millions of meals have been rescued and millions of hungry Americans have been fed because volunteers on their own time and in their own cars are taking on this senseless problem of food insecurity. It’s easy to become a food runner. Sign-up to use our app that will connect you with food rescue opportunities in your city. Don’t see your city? Let us know.

  1. Share a Food Insecurity Fact.

Did you know that there are over 46.5 million food insecure individuals in the United States, or 1 in 7 Americans struggles to get enough to eat?

Food insecurity affects so many, and in our backyard. Share a fact with your friends and family to help us build local awareness. Interested in more facts? Check out the Hunger in America’s research

  1. Thank your local volunteer food rescuers and food donors.

Gratitude is important to us, it’s one of our core values. Everyday, we’re blown away by the passion and commitment of our volunteers who rescue food and those who donate leftover food. Help us take the time to thank our volunteers and donors, here are some in your community.

  1. Join the community and follow and tag us on social media! 
  1. Get your favorite market or restaurant to donate instead of waste.

This is easier than you think. Learn more about becoming a Community Plates food donor.

Kitchen Crawl Culinary Fundraiser in Connecticut

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WHAT

Chefs and restaurants are working to end hunger together in Connecticut, for an event to benefit Community Plates on Saturday, October 8, 2016 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

Chefs from Pearl, Rothbard, Nom-eez, The Spread, and Vespa will cook for you. Wine & Beer is  provided by Stew’s Wines, with media sponsor Moffly Publications.

To purchase tickets, visit the Kitchen Crawl on Eventbrite.com.

WHEN

Saturday, October 8, 2016 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)

WHERE

Westport – Westport, CT

TICKETS

Claneil Foundation Awards Emerging Leaders Fund Grant to Community Plates Executive Director Kevin Mullins

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Kevin Mullins, Community Plates Executive Director since 2011

We are thrilled to announce that the Claneil Foundation, a private family foundation based in Philadelphia, recently selected Executive Director Kevin Mullins and Community Plates as recipients of the Emerging Leaders Fund grant. Kevin was selected from a competitive pool of 75 nominations representing emerging organizations in the Mid Atlantic/New England Region. We will receive $200,000 in general operating funds over four years, and as the organization’s leader, Kevin will have access to up to $10,000 for professional development.

Kevin said, “This grant is important validation of all the energy so many have invested in establishing a new type of solution to American food insecurity. In addition, it is a real affirmation of our vision to end hunger in the United States through direct transfer food rescue. We are honored to be recognized alongside previous innovative leaders and organizations as well as our three other co-grantees this year.”

Recipients are selected based on their creative vision, leadership capacity, potential for impact, and commitment to innovation and learning in one or more of the Foundation’s interest areas. This grant program is focused primarily on early stage organizations located in the New England and Mid-Atlantic states.

Community Plates Columbus Party to Benefit Community Plates at Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant on April 21

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On April 21 from 5:30pm-8:30pm, Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant (401 N. Front Street), will host a Keg Tapping Party to benefit Community Plates. There is no charge for admission, but please register for the event. 10% of all proceeds will go to Community Plates Columbus and of course we will be accepting donations, so bring your friends and family!

Reserve Tickets

There will be live music by the band Stone Soup, passed appetizers and a ceremonial keg tapping at 6:30 pm. The featured seasonal beer is the strong, German lager Maibock, traditionally considered an annual rite of spring. Gordon Biersch partners with non-profits for their tapping parties because they believe it is important to give back to the community and we couldn’t be more grateful to be their partner this time around!

We have some amazing gift baskets for auction, including pizza for a year from Donato’s, a North Market basket with packages from Hot Chicken Takeover, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, Shadow Box Live table for eight, a private craft cocktail class for ten at Curio, and much more. Many local restaurants and bakeries have donated $50-$100 gift cards and Community Plates will have t-shirts for sale, along with a 50/50 raffle.

This will be a great opportunity to meet fellow food runners, especially some of the 160 new runners who signed up this month! I hope too see all of you there.

News Community Plates collects surplus food for pantries, other aid agencies, via The Columbus Dispatch

The Columbus Dispatch recently profiled our efforts in Columbus, Ohio, interviewing food runners and our site director for the city:

Once a week, Mike and Laurie Hawkins hop in their car and head out on a mission to rescue wayward pastries, loaves of bread, soup bones and meat.

“It’s a good use of our time,” Mrs. Hawkins said as she and her husband pushed a cart piled high with food around the North Market on Thursday. “And it gets the job done.”

The Clintonville couple are food runners for Community Plates, a nonprofit organization that uses an app and volunteer initiative to intercept surplus items that might otherwise add to the staggering amount of the nation’s food supply that goes uneaten.

Read the full article on The Columbus Dispatch.