Please Welcome Nick Carlisi, Community Plates NOLA Site Director

unnamedOriginally from Long Island, NY, Nick came to New Orleans to study the Jazz culture and embrace the Big Easy lifestyle. During his undergraduate career at Loyola University and realizing he had to pay the bills somehow, Nick started working in the food industry. There, he not only developed a passion for artisanal coffee but also saw firsthand the massive amount of food that goes to waste each day.

Nick said, “I was thrilled to discover an alternative to food waste and jumped at the chance to join the Community Plates family. I am excited to apply my creativity and passion to help those who are food insecure. New Orleans has given me so much, I am more than happy to give back.”

If he is not brainstorming unique ideas or trying new things, you can find Nick pursuing his other passions: playing gypsy jazz on guitar and coaching high school wrestling. He hopes to do everything the world can offer him and travel to as many places as possible. In the meantime, he enjoys unicycling, roasting his own coffee, and admiring the qualities of his favorite animal: a sloth.

Our Volunteer Recruitment Drive is ON!

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Since this revolution started in 2011, more than 1300 individuals have completed a food rescue, with an overall total of more than 10 million meals rescued and delivered to date. This annual food runner recruitment drive is motivated by the question “what would happen for America’s food insecure if we could double that number this year?” We think it can be done and hope all of you will help us continue this march toward the end of food insecurity in our communities.

We will be partnering with various supporters in our locations this month. In Fairfield County, our Community Partner b.good will be hosting a family event for us at the end of the month in their new Greenwich restaurant. We are planning additional activities and fundraising events in their other CT stores, watch out for details and mark your calendars, it’s going to be great!

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Community Plates Albuquerque Exceeds Food Rescue Goal and Rescues Over One Million Meals

1.6 Million Pounds of Food Saved from Landfill and Delivered to those in Need
Program Continues to Increase Impact on Hunger in Albuquerque

Albuquerque, NM (November 3, 2015) Community Plates Albuquerque announced today that their food rescue operation has passed the one million meals rescued goal. Since 2012, using Community Plates’ breakthrough, proprietary technology, almost 150 volunteer food runners have directly transferred over one million meals to the Albuquerque area’s food insecure population.

Community Plates National Site Director Melissa Spiesman said, “We have stayed focused on our mission in Albuquerque and are so grateful to our food runners and food donors for their commitment to serving the people in need in their community.  We are looking to continue our impact and growth in Albuquerque, and are always looking for more food runners and additional food donors.”

Among the generous local food donors contributing to this notable milestone are
Albertson’s, Smith’s Food and Drug, Donut Mart and Einstein Brother’s Bagels.  Receiving partner agencies include Albuquerque Rescue Mission, Barrett Foundation, The Storehouse, Inc., Joy Junction and the Good Shepherd Center.

Founded in January 2011, Community Plates is committed to ending American food-insecurity through direct-transfer food rescue. Established as a 501(c)3 non-profit food-rescue platform, Community Plates is focused on transferring healthy, usable foods to where it can help feed those in need. This volunteer-driven, technology fueled process coordinates with restaurants, grocers, bakeries, caterers and other foodservice organizations who have foods destined to be thrown away and delivers the food to soup-kitchens, food-pantries and other hunger relief organizations who serve food-insecure individuals and families. They currently operate in seven US cities and are exploring launches in more cities in the next several months.

Community Plates Columbus Participates in 2015 Turkey Drive

 

TV Africa Network announced their collaboration with Mid-Ohio Foodbanks, InPrem Holistic Resources Center, First Choice Chiropractic, Community Plates, Pri-Value Foundation and Ambit Energy, a mission which is aimed at drawing awareness to and help ending hunger and malnutrition in the community by providing turkey meals this thanksgiving season.

The campaign themed 15 For Family will target the Northland and surrounding communities of Columbus in an effort to raise awareness of hunger and malnutrition. Even at this early stage, more than five organizations within Columbus, Ohio Area have pledged support to assist in the campaign.

Here in Central Ohio 1 in 6 Ohioans is struggling with hunger, thats 1 in 4 kids and everyone deserve to have good nourishing food to eat. Being able to have turkey which has protein – an important to a diet. why not have it on Thanksgiving as a family meal said Yolanda Owens from Mid-Ohio Foodbanks.

Susan Keiser-Smith Columbus site Director of Community Plates an organization that is dedicated to ending food insecurity through the direct transfer of nutritious foods in a communication said we have been working closely with Rev Alex Abrokwa-Clottey and the IHCRC food pantry. We are excited about the 15 for family campaign and will help in any way we can.

$15 will provide a decent meal for a family and we hope to feed 500 families in the community said Ernest Opuni, Director at TV Africa Network Ohio.

The final day for this campaign is Saturday November 21st, 2015 where the proceeds will be presented to people in the community in need. The location is InPrem Holistic Resource Center 5757 Karl Rd. Columbus, Ohio. 43229.

Interested parties can learn more about 15 For Family by visiting the website at www.15forfamily.com.

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Community Plates Receives $15,000 Fairfield County’s Community Foundation Grant to Expand Food Rescue Operations

Community Plates, the CT based, national food rescue organization, has received a $15,000 grant from the Fairfield County’s Community Foundation to support the expansion of the organization’s food rescue program in Fairfield County.

Executive Director Kevin Mullins said, “We are grateful that Fairfield County’s Community Foundation is so focused on funding innovation and collaborative solutions, because ending hunger in Fairfield County is going to require both innovation and collaboration. One hundred percent of this grant goes to funding this simple solution to ending hunger, right here in Fairfield County.”

Since 2011, in Fairfield County alone, Community Plates has rescued and delivered 6.3 million meals, saving 9.5 million pounds of food from landfill. Conservatively, this has an estimated value of over $10.4 million.

Fairfield County’s Community Foundation promotes philanthropy as a means to create change in Fairfield County, focusing on innovative and collaborative solutions to critical issues impacting the community. Individuals, families, corporations and organizations can establish charitable funds or contribute to existing funds. The Community Foundation is in compliance with the Council on Foundations’ national standards, and has awarded over $185 million in grants to nonprofits in Fairfield County and beyond. For more information, visit www.fccfoundation.org .

Founded in January 2011, Community Plates is committed to ending American food-insecurity through direct-transfer food rescue. Established as a 501(c)3 non-profit food-rescue platform, Community Plates is focused on transferring healthy, usable foods to where it can help feed those in need. This volunteer-driven, technology fueled process coordinates with restaurants, grocers, bakeries, caterers and other foodservice organizations who have foods destined to be thrown away and delivers the food to soup-kitchens, food-pantries and other hunger relief organizations who serve food-insecure individuals and families.

Community Plates Receives Grant from Near and Far Aid

$5000 Award Will Help Food Rescue Organization End Hunger in Fairfield County

Community Plates of Norwalk, CT has received an operational grant of $5,000 from Near & Far Aid. “We are so grateful to Near & Far Aid for funding innovation in the fight against hunger. This $5,000 grant allows us to rescue and deliver 100,000 meals to people in need in Fairfield County” said Tom Hauser, Fairfield County Site Director for Community Plates.

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.

Near & Far Aid is dedicated to eliminating the causes and effects of poverty in Fairfield County by finding and funding programs that provide life’s most basic necessities, as well as those that seek to achieve lasting change.

Kevin Mullins, Executive Director of Community Plates is excited about the shared mission between Community Plates and Near & Far Aid saying,

“This is a perfect partnership since Near & Far Aid funds programs focused on eliminating poverty in Fairfield County and we are focused on delivering almost 3,000,000 meals to food insecure people in Fairfield County this year. When people don’t have to scramble for food they are freed up to worry about other things on their hierarchy of needs.”

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.”

Press Release: Community Plates Receives $20,000 From Fairfield County Community Foundation

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Community Plates receives $20,000 to expland food rescue operations.

FAIRFIELD COUNTY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION GRANT will support the developement of GoResue technology.

Norwalk, CT (July 22, 2013) – Community Plates, the CT based food rescue organization, has received a $20,000 grant from the Fairfield County Community Foundation to support the development of the organization’s GoRescue software. This groundbreaking, proprietary technology has allowed Community Plates to create a new food rescue model that is duplicable, scalable and sustainable. Using the first generation of this software, the organization has rescued 1.4 million meals in two years, all of it directly transferred by over 500 volunteer drivers nationwide, for immediate use, to over 40 receiving agencies. The newer and more comprehensive software version, GoRescue, will enable Community Plates to greatly increase the number of meals rescued and delivered throughout Fairfield County.

Community Plates Executive Director Kevin Mullins said, “We are grateful for community partners like FCCF who are committed to serving those in need in innovative ways. This grant and their investment in the GoRescue software make this commitment obvious.”

Community Plates was launched in 2011 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 GoRescue App and volunteer food-runners, Community Plates eliminates much of this overhead, while delivering fresher (and thereby healthier) food directly to those in need.

Founded in January 2011, Community Plates is committed to ending American food-insecurity through direct-transfer food rescue. Established as a 501(c)3 non-profit food rescue platform, Community Plates is focused on transferring healthy, usable foods to where it can help feed those in need. This volunteer-driven, technology fueled process coordinates with restaurants, grocers, bakeries, caterers and other food-service organizations who have foods destined to be thrown away and delivers the food to soup kitchens, food pantries and other hunger relief organizations who serve food-insecure individuals and families.

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.