Organized by our friends at b.good restaurant Fairfield, legends from the NBC show American Ninja Warrior recently joined Food Rescue US on several food runs in an effort to combat childhood summer hunger.
Thank you Luis, Joe and Alyssa!
Molli and Steve Hourihan, the owners at b.good Fairfield restaurant have accepted the challenge and for the month of August kids will eat free, with the purchase of one adult meal. Join us at b.good on August 1st for Community Day, 5% of all proceeds will benefit Food Rescue US and you can see the premiere of the American Ninja Warrior video “Get in the Van” highlighting their day of food rescue.
“Because healthy, fresh food, is an important part of Ninja’s physical training, our Ninja customers like Allyssa and Joe are perfect advocates to help raise awareness about the availability of wasted healthy food to end childhood hunger. The ninjas will film a video of their food rescue that shows their fans first-hand what a simple solution Food Rescue US presents.” says Molli Hourihan, who along with her husband Steve, own b.good Fairfield.
“There’s nothing better than partners who respond creatively and passionately to the problems in their community and b.good Fairfield is exactly that kind of partner. Food Rescue US is so honored to be working with them to help provide for children in need over the summer. They’re an inspiration to us,” says Food Rescue US Executive Director, Kevin Mullins.
The MAV Foundation recognized Food Rescue US and co-founder and executive director Kevin Mullins as their “Hero of Hunger” for their work disrupting the traditional food bank / food pantry model. Food Rescue US continues to grow with 10 sites and 15 million meals rescued to date.
Read more about the MAV Foundation and this recognition.
When kids don’t have access to school meals during the summer, families may be unable to provide enough healthy food.
13 million children live in food insecure households, and an estimated 21 million children are enrolled in the National School Lunch Program. A family would need to find an additional 110 meals this summer just to replace food provided to one child through a school breakfast and lunch program.
With just $55 you can be part of the solution to end hunger for families this summer.
Your gift of $55 to Food Rescue US will support our work feeding children and families. $55 will allow us to rescue enough meals to feed 10 children for the entire summer. Thank you!
“In the three or four runs that I’ve done so far, they say I’ve already rescued 650 meals.”
Every Tuesday morning, Jamie Rothbard drives to Revolution Foods in Hyattsville, Maryland, to pick up excess food. Since its inception, the D.C. group of Food Rescue US volunteers has saved 33,850 meals in the D.C. area and delivered to more than 25 community organizations. That’s 50,775 pounds of food saved.
Read the full story: Volunteer Drivers for Food Rescue US Reroute D.C. Excess Food to the Homeless via Washington City Paper
Wasted food. Hungry people. How do we get the two to meet?
One answer is: Create an app. Just as Airbnb connects producers and consumers of short-stay housing, and eBay connects producers and consumers of, well, everything, new apps can connect stores and restaurants with soup kitchens, pantries and shelters that need their excess food. And apps can also organize volunteers who make the deliveries by car, bike or foot power.
Organizations like Food Rescue US and Rescuing Leftover Cuisine — a new, smaller organization that sent me on the fried chicken pickup — make volunteering simple and painless. It took about a minute to sign up and get access to a calendar of food rescue tasks; I picked convenient ones and downloaded complete instructions. Mullins argues that this strategy is the only way to scale up, because it’s cheap — few staff, no trucks, no warehouse. His organization works in 11 regions and plans to be in at least 50 by the end of 2018. Dozens of other such groups exist around the country.
Read the full story: Going Digital To Rescue Food via New York Times
The event highlights our Food Rescue US goals for the coming year, celebrates our milestones, and is an important way we express our gratitude to the many volunteers and supporters who share in the desire to put an end to food insecurity in our community by rescuing food.
The event itself has become one of Fairfield County’s most popular annual events, featuring the hottest restaurants and artisans on the local dining scene. This year’s craft cocktail bars will be presented by the mix masters of Match, Cask Republic and Room 112. Food Rescue US is grateful for the generous sponsorship of this year’s event: Naming Sponsor Whole Foods Market, Northern Trust, MAV Foundation, Moffly Media, Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits, Nestle Waters, CTbites and The Elizabeth and Joseph Massoud Family Foundation.
“Every year we are able to make a larger and larger dent in Fairfield County hunger because of this fun and delicious event. This year our sights are set on raising the funds necessary to rescue and deliver 2.5 million meals and because of our game-changing hunger relief platform and the generosity of those who attend Food For All that’s a real possibility!” said Kevin Mullins, Executive Director and co-founder of Food Rescue US.
Time: 6:30-9 PM
Location: Abigail Kirsch at The Loading Dock, 375 Fairfield Avenue, Stamford, CT 06902
- Abigail Kirsch
- Broken Symmetry
- Fjord Fish Market
- Fleisher’s Craft Kitchen
- Hapa Food Truck
- Harlan Publick
- Killer B
- South End
- Village Tavern
- Whole Foods Market
Craft Cocktail Bars
- Cask Republic
- Room 112
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.
• Part-time salary
• Ground floor access and voice to help build a game-changing, innovative food justice platform
• Ability to work directly with Food Rescue US’s core team including our National Site Director & Executive Director
• Opportunity to see direct impact on underserved, food insecure people
• Compose/edit correspondence.
• Schedule appointments and manage company’s schedule
• Answer the telephone with a pleasant and professional demeanor
• Manage incoming and outgoing mail and email
• Filing, faxing, copying, etc.
• Light bookkeeping
• Data entry into and maintenance of proprietary food rescue application
• CRM entry and maintenance
• Responsible for processing donations and gift entry
• Manages a timely donor acknowledgment process, with close attention to detail
• Provides planning support for special events, including communicating with vendors, caterers, event set-up/prep, purchasing supplies
• Interest in non-profit organizations, passion for the cause and desire to learning about and
supporting Food Rescue US’s mission.
• Excellent writing, editing, and proofreading skills
• Proficiency in Quickbooks
• Knowledge of: Microsoft Office, Google Apps, Twitter, Facebook
• Knowledge of HTML, WordPress, Adobe Suites and database management systems a plus
• Strong interpersonal, oral, and written communications skills
• Detail oriented and solid personal organizational skills
• Ability to manage time, balance multiple tasks, and meet deadlines
• Using web-based CRM for gift entry/processing
• Proficient with mail merge
• Ability (or willingness to learn) to generate various lists using CRM for staff support
Compensation & Time
We are looking to fill this position as soon as possible.
Compensation: $20 per hour
Time: 15-20 hours per week, schedule can be determined based on availability, some hours can be completed remotely, some set office hours.
Location: Office location in Norwalk, CT
· Application Deadline: March 3, 2017; Will review applications on a rolling basis
How to Apply: To apply, send cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include “Office Administrator” in the subject line.
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 you have friends, family, colleagues, etc., who may be interested in joining us please get in touch with your local site director. We can end this problem together!
Whole Foods Market Kicks off Food for All 2017
Whole Foods Market, the Naming Sponsor for Food for All, sets the bar high for this year’s event with a generous donation of $26,589! Food Rescue US was selected as the recipient of the WFM’s 5% Day in 6 Fairfield County stores. Thanks to our volunteers who helped spread the word and customers who shopped!
Speaking of Food for All…Save the date for April 26 at the Loading Dock in Stamford, CT! Email invitation and ticket information will be available soon.
Calling all bourbon drinkers – thirsty to own a piece of history? Here’s your chance! Our Columbus site received a rare, collectible bottle of 1982 O.F.C Bourbon as a donation from Buffalo Trace Distillery. There are just 50 in the country. You can own this bottle today by participating in our online auction, available only until Feb. 28!
Food Rescuers across the country are celebrating the spirit of Valentine’s Day by making a donation of $47.12 – the value of 2 hours of volunteer time – in honor of someone special. We’re so grateful for our volunteers and how much they care for hungry people in the community. Thank you!
Support Food Rescue US on Fairfield County Gives Day! This one-day effort by Fairfield County’s Community Foundation inspires and empowers our community to make a difference through 24 hours of collective generosity. Last year, over $1.2 million was raised to support local causes.
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 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 serving food insecure individuals and families.
Established in 2011, Food Rescue US, specializes in large scale, grassroots, fresh food recovery resulting in equally large scale waste reduction. Currently operating in ten locations around the country, to date the organization has rescued and delivered over 16.6 million meals, saving 25 million pounds of food from landfill, at an estimated value of $42.3 million.
Executive Director, Kevin Mullins stated, “We’re excited to have a new name that better reflects our national focus and continued expansion initiative. Through the recovery and direct transfer of fresh food, we have seen our national impact grow and intensify. The launch of the next generation of the app is even more important as we move toward our expansion goal of 25 sites by the end of 2017. We are actively seeking individuals and organizations to partner with us and bring FRUS to their communities. Our simple solution to ending local hunger works everywhere.”
The FRUS app, now available in the app store, is a unique, proprietary tool, allowing collaboration on an unlimited scale. The technology empowers individuals or food industry organizations, nonprofit and for profit alike, to start a new food rescue community or expand an existing food rescue program. Improvements include:
- Viewing the complete food rescue schedule through the Volunteer Food Rescuer Portal
- Sign up for food rescues at the volunteer’s convenience
- Following the Food Rescue Matching algorithm based on supply, demand, capacity and distance
- Food Donors list and track their food donations through the Food Donor Portal
- Allows the front line hunger relief organizations to list their specific needs and track the food they receive through the Receiving Agency Portal.