Founder's Story

A few years ago I was sitting around one morning and thinking about how we give. People from all walks of life give regularly to their favorite causes, but what about companies, do they give?

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Meet the Team

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Kevin Mullins

Co-Founder and Executive Director

Kevin started rock bands and pastored churches in various parts of the country before helping found Community Plates (now Food Rescue US) in 2011. He is a professional musician, loves public speaking and leadership and working with and helping people more than anything. He was inspired on his journey to becoming consumed with American hunger by his children, who joined with their friends at school, pooling their lunches to send home food for dinner for other friends in need. Kevin and his family live in Norwalk, CT.

Jeff Schacher

Founder

Jeff began his career as an aspiring actor in NYC and during that time worked in the restaurant industry as actors often do. The emerging "dot-com" scene inspired Jeff and in 2000 he jumped into the tech world and spent the next several years designing and developing enterprise software. In 2005, Jeff started his own company. PeachWorks is a software company that focuses on creating simple and innovative enterprise management solutions for the restaurant industry. Jeff is currently the Chief Product Officer.

.Jeff was always passionate about giving back to the community and after years of experiencing first hand food waste in the restaurant industry, he was motivated to take a deeper look at the problem. In 2011, he founded Community Plates (now Food Rescue US) with Kevin Mullins to simplify food rescue by using technology to connect donors, volunteers and receiving agencies. Jeff lives in the Charlotte, NC area with his wife and two daughters.

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Melissa Spiesman

National Site Director

Being in the kitchen is therapeutic for me (and way cheaper than actual therapy). I like good food, and I especially like to share good food with good people. That is one of the reasons why I fell in love with Community Plates (now Food Rescue US). My background is in both hospitality and nutrition, and my involvement in CP brings out the best of both. I’m especially drawn to the real impact I can have in ending U.S. food-insecurity through the Community Plates (now Food Rescue US) platform.

I live in Stamford with my husband and 2 daughters. Together we spend time engaging in a healthy lifestyle...and are fueled by health, exercise, travel, the outdoors, and of course food!!

media / awards recognition

Food for All 2017: Benefit to End Food Insecurity in Fairfield County Presented by Whole Foods

We are thrilled to invite you to attend our signature annual fundraising event, Food for All, presented by Whole Foods Market on April 26 at 6:30 pm at Abigail Kirsch at The Loading Dock. The event highlights our Food Rescue US goals for the coming year, celebrates our milestones, and is an important way we […]

Opportunity: Food Rescue US Office Administrator

Position Food Rescue US is seeking a part time office administrator to work in our Norwalk office (our only office). This position provides support for the Executive Director, the organizations national sites and reports directly to the Executive Director. Position Benefits • Part-time salary • Ground floor access and voice to help build a game-changing, […]

February Newsletter

We are Looking For Volunteers! We have launched our annual Volunteer Drive across all our sites and are actively looking for volunteers to join the food rescue revolution. Food Rescuers are the bedrock of our operations and as you all know, the more we volunteers we have, the more neighbors we can feed. So if […]

Community Plates Becomes Food Rescue US; Launches New App

Community Plates, the volunteer driven, direct transfer, national food recovery organization,  has changed its name to Food Rescue US (FRUS) and has launched the next generation of their award winning app.  FRUS is focused on transferring healthy, usable foods to where it can feed those in need. This volunteer driven, technology fueled process coordinates with […]

CP Values

In nearly every meeting, conversation, and new endeavor, we ask ourselves if what we’re doing or planning to do is aligned with our core values.
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Board Members

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Stephanie Webster

Editor in Chief & Founder, CT Bites

In some ways, Stephanie has been preparing for her current role at CTbites her whole life. Born and raised in NYC by parents who design restaurants for a living, she developed a passion for finding out of the way gems during weekly trips to the depths of Chinatown and frequent trips abroad.

Professionally, she began her career as a photo editor in the magazine industry and then migrated to the world of new media consulting and web site building during the first dot-com wave in NYC. She led strategy, brand development, site architecture and content development assignments for top consumer brands. A 7-year excursion to Seattle exposed her to a casual yet innovative approach to food that hadn't yet made it to the East Coast. When she relocated back to CT, she made it her quest to find great food, and support a community of eaters that live for their next meal.

Chris Mangan

Managing Director, Bank of Ireland

Chris Mangan is a Managing Director of Bank of Ireland’s Leveraged Acquisition Finance Group, based in Stamford, CT. In that role he arranges debt financing for private equity firms and medium sized companies across a wide range of industries. Prior to joining Bank of Ireland in 2007, Chris was a Managing Director at GE Capital and before that, IBJ Schroder Bank & Trust Company. He began his 30 year banking career at National Westminster Bank USA.

Chris is a Trustee of Saint Francis College and serves on the board of Community Plates (now Food Rescue US). He has previously served on the boards of The Harlem Academy, Illuminated World Publishing, Darien Little League and the Darien Boat Club, where he served as Commodore.

Chris graduated magna cum laude from Saint Francis College in 1983. He was a member of the Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society, Captain of the baseball team and was an Academic All-American in 1982. He lives in Darien, CT with his wife and two teenage sons.