The Test of our Progress

A note from Tom Hauser, Fairfield County Site Director:

We hopefully all had a wonderful Fourth of July and spent some time thinking about all the things that make our country great. It’s also a good time to look beyond our successes and also see our challenges and opportunities … and to think about how we should measure our greatness. The familiar quote from FDR puts our work at Community Plates in this important context:

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Why Close Your Food Run?

Hello Community Plates!

Next to an actual food run, closing your run in GoRescue, may be the most important thing you can do in your own fight against hunger. “Why?” you ask? Let me share with you a few of the very good reasons this makes sense.

The valuable information you provide allows your fellow runners to assess a run like you do: is my car big enough? How much food did I actually pick up? Do I know exactly where to go? Who do I talk to? How long does it actually take? Etc.

Your numbers help us provide tax credit for donors, help our partners show impact on their communities and their budgets, and by quantifying the amount of food that we transfer we can provide solid measurement of Community Plates’ impact to funders.

Your input helps site directors determine if we are properly addressing the needs of the community and where we can improve. Are we picking up the right type and quality of food? The right quantity? Etc.

Who knew such a seemingly small thing could be such a big deal?

Thanks for all you do!

Melissa Spiesman
National Site Director

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Community Plates Receives Operational Grant from First County Bank Foundation

For the second year in a row, Community Plates of Norwalk, CT has received a $5,000 operational grant from First County Bank Foundation.

Community Plates is committed to ending American Food Insecurity by directly transferring fresh, usable food that would have otherwise been thrown away from restaurants, markets and other food industry sources, to food insecure families.

Tom Hauser, Fairfield County Site Director for Community Plates, said:

“We are so grateful to First County Bank for funding innovation in the fight against hunger.  The $5,000 grant allows us to rescue and deliver 100,000 meals to people in need in Fairfield County.”

Kevin Mullins, Executive Director of Community Plates, said:

“This is two years in a row we’ve received support from First County Bank Foundation, they are committed to giving back to their community and they have helped us continue to lead the food rescue movement.”

New Orleans Joins The Food Rescue Revolution!

PLEASE WELCOME COMMUNITY PLATES (NOLA) TO THE FOOD RESCUE REVOLUTION!

I am so excited to announce that we have launched in New Orleans! The passion of our leaders on the ground there, so obviously demonstrates that this is a city determined to care for every one of its citizens in need. Community Plates has been chosen by New Orleans based Propeller as a 2014-2015 Accelerator Fellow which will greatly expedite the set up of the New Orleans operation. Propeller: A Force for Social Innovation, selected Fellows from the most competitive pool of applicants to date based on their high potential for social impact, financial viability, and demonstrated entrepreneurial leadership. We are thrilled to have been chosen and know their mentorship will help get the ball rolling right away.

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I am equally pleased to introduce our newly appointed Site Director Lauren Rudzis. Lauren comes to Community Plates after living up and down the East Coast, with stints in California and Hawaii, and serving in the Peace Corps in Cambodia supporting the Community Health Education Program. Following her service and travels through Asia and India, she came back to make her home New Orleans. “In a place known for it’s life, love, and food, I’m anxious to launch Community Plates’ innovative solution to end hunger in the Big Easy and mobilize one of the greatest communities in the country.”

Press Release: Community Plates Wins 2013 Computerworld Honors Program

Community Plates’ Go Rescue Technology, Powered by WhenToManage, Wins 2013 Computerworld Honors Program “21st Century Achievement Award”

Community Plates’ game-changing technology helps rescue millions of meals for food-insecure Americans

Norwalk, CT (June 6, 2013) – Community Plates is proud to announce that its GoRescue technology, powered by WhenToManage, has been recognized with a 2013 Computerworld Honors Program 21st Century Achievement Award. The annual awards program pays tribute to organizations that use information technology to promote and advance the public welfare, benefit society and business. Community Plates received the top honor in the Human Services category from among 29 Laureates. Community Plates is a technology-fueled, volunteer-driven, nonprofit organization that rescues surplus food from supermarkets, grocers, and restaurants, and distributes it directly to local receiving agencies that serve individuals and families in need. There are an estimated 50 million food-insecure individuals in America, of which 1 in 5 are children under 5 years (according to the USDA).

“We are very proud to have received the top honor in the Human Services category of the 2013 Computerworld Honors Program,” said Kevin Mullins, executive director and co-founder, Community Plates. “We appreciate that IDG’s Computerworld recognizes the important role our disruptive technology is playing in helping to achieve our goal of ending food insecurity in America.”

Community Plates was launched in 2010 by WhenToManage. As an innovator of cloud-based software for the restaurant, hospitality and retail industries, WhenToManage recognized the opportunity to streamline the food rescue process utilizing technology and so developed the GoRescue App. The traditional food rescue model relies on multi-layered infrastructure and excessive food handling via fleets of trucks, drivers and warehousing, which requires significant overhead and time, greatly limiting the ability to transfer perishable, fresh food. Utilizing the Go Rescue App and volunteer food runners, Community Plates eliminates much of this overhead, while delivering fresher (and thereby healthier) food directly to those in need.

“Our award-winning GoRescue App is playing a key role in enabling us to streamline the food rescue process,” said Jeff Schacher, CEO and founder, WhenToManage. “We built GoRescue on WhenToManage’s Peach platform which allows us to quickly develop and update applications to meet the specific needs of the industries we serve. This environment also enables us to easily continue modifying GoRescue to further enhance the food rescue process, and over time, meet other nonprofit’s needs.”

The Computerworld Honors Program Awards Ceremony was held on June 3, 2013 at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. At the event this year’s 267 Laureates were honored, with 5 finalists and one 21st Century Achievement Award presented in each of 11 categories.

About Community Plates

Launched and headquartered in Fairfield County, CT, Community Plates also operates in Albuquerque, NM and Columbus, OH, with plans to expand to a dozen additional markets by 2014. More than 650 volunteers have transferred food equivalent to over a million meals to date, served to food-insecure individuals and families through food pantries, soup kitchens, and community centers. For more information or to get involved visit: http://communityplate.wpengine.com.

About WhenToManage

WhenToManage is comprised of a team of professionals with years of true restaurant operations experience from the top down, and a passion for creating software that they, in turn, would be excited to use. The result is a restaurant operating system that is more accessible, easier to use, and requires less training and support. WhenToManage offers subscription-based solutions for POS intelligence, inventory management and employee scheduling, as well as customized deployments. For more information, please visit http://whentomanage.com.