Food Rescue US is proud to be this year’s main beneficiary of the Greenwich Wine + Food Festival, located at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park in Greenwich, CT. This multi-day event celebrates the area’s rich culinary landscape and showcasing innovation in the food and beverage industries with top culinary talent. Music performances at the Festival include: Little Big Town, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Kermit Ruffins & The Barbecue Swingers, and Rebirth Brass Band.
Thank you to everyone who joined us and supported the first Pools, Patios, Pergolas event on Saturday in Westport, CT. It was a beautiful summer night, filled with delicious food and drinks, good music, and great friends in several spectacular outdoor settings. Special thanks to our event partner KMS Partners at Compass and the evening’s sponsors.
Pools, Patios, Pergolas – A Luxury Tasting Event, is an opportunity to view a selection of beautiful Westport properties showcasing their exquisite outdoor living spaces. Guests will be divided into three groups as they visit the properties featuring food and beverages from some of the area’s most popular, award-winning caterers, AMG, Festivities and Marcia Selden Catering & Events.
Each property will have its own theme/cuisine, plus great music and signature drinks. Music playlists will be available for download so that guests can enjoy them throughout the summer season. The groups will convene at the final locale along the Saugatuck River with food from favorite local food trucks, Fryborg and Don Bronco Taquaria, and live music for a festive party.
Tickets are $125 per person. Proceeds benefit Food Rescue US – Fairfield County.
Ticket sales for this event is now closed.
March 11, 2019 Norwalk, CT: Food Rescue US, the direct-transfer food rescue organization dedicated to ending food insecurity and food waste in America, announced their annual signature fundraising event, Food for All, will take place on April 24th at the Loading Dock in Stamford, CT. The event highlights the organization’s important work delivering more than 7 million meals a year to the food insecure and keeping more than 8 million pounds of food waste out of landfills.
Food for All has become one of Fairfield County’s most popular strolling, tasting events and this year features many fan favorites from past years and some of the hottest, new restaurants on the local dining scene. General Admission tickets are $150. Click here for tickets: foodrescue.us/foodforall
Food Rescue US is grateful for the generous sponsors of this year’s event: Northern Trust, Britton and Laurie Jones, Janice and Jim Bottiglieri, Elizabeth and Joseph Massoud Family Foundation, Alan & Fran Offenberg, Robert & Clare Kretzman, Jim Kirsch; MAV Foundation, CTbites and media sponsor Serendipity. We are also grateful for the restaurants and beverage companies that have donated their superb food and drinks for the event.
The Food Rescue US CEO Carol Shattuck said, “Now in its 9th year, Food for All is a highly anticipated event that features excellent food presented by top local restaurants and fun beverages. But most importantly, together we are helping fund our important work to end hunger and food waste in Fairfield County and around the country. Each year, thousands of volunteer food rescuers rescue food from food donors that would otherwise be wasted and deliver it to agencies that feed the food insecure. We now operate in 20 locations in 12 states and the District of Columbia. Any food left over from Food for All will be rescued and delivered that night to local agencies that feed the hungry.”
- April 24, 2019
- 6:30-9 PM
- Abigail Kirsch at The Loading Dock
- 375 Fairfield Avenue, Stamford, CT 06902
- Tickets: $150
- Abigail Kirsch
- Brick Walk Tavern
- Jesup Hall
- Knot Norms Catering
- Le Rouge Chocolates
- Lulu Chinese
- Match/Match Burger Lobster
- My Myx
- Terrain Garden Cafe
- The Spread
- Winfield Deli
About Food Rescue US
Founded in 2011, Food Rescue US is committed to ending American food insecurity and food waste through direct-transfer food rescue. Food Rescue US relies on a proprietary app to connect food donors with receiving agencies feeding the hungry with volunteer food rescuers who deliver the food from point a to point b. Established as a 501(c)3 non-profit food-rescue platform, Food Rescue US is focused on transferring healthy, usable foods that would otherwise end up in landfills to where it can help feed those in need. Since our founding we have delivered more than 30 million meals to the food insecure and rescued more than 43 million pounds of food from ending up in landfills.
by Amanda A Swan
If you’ve ever used Uber, you know just how easy and convenient it is. There’s no waiting to hail a cab or walking from the bus stop. You simply make a few taps on your smartphone and in five minutes or so, voilà, a car appears and takes you right where you need to go.
Ride-sharing apps have revolutionized American transportation options, and made us wonder: What else can we share using our smartphones? Startups like Food Rescue US are demonstrating that smartphones can indeed help us share quite a lot. According to a recent study by the Guardian, about half of produce in the US is thrown away every year — that’s about 60 million tons of fruits and veggies. A 2016 study by the Food Waste Alliance claims that a whopping 122.3 million pounds of food was unused by restaurants over the course of the year. 93.7% of this unused food was “disposed of” and only a measly two percent of this massive amount was donated. So, what if it was just as easy to press a button and give this wasted food to the some 50 million food insecure Americans as it is to call an Uber?
Food Rescue US is a food-sharing app that prevents food waste by connecting restaurants and organizations that have too much food with hungry people. With just a few taps, you can sign up to donate or deliver food through Food Rescue US. Just like Uber, the Food Rescue US app works because it’s easy and it’s convenient. You don’t have to work around a soup kitchen’s schedule or seek out a food pantry to help others in your community, the opportunity exists right at your fingertips.
This convenience is incredibly important for the American population. Millennials work an average of 45 hours per week in the US, and even though many would like to find time to volunteer for their communities, it often just doesn’t fit into an already jam-packed agenda. Food Rescue US eliminates this problem by letting users volunteer on their own schedule. You determine your own volunteering hours straight from your smartphone. If something comes up at work, there’s no going through the hassle of calling a volunteer coordinator to cancel. Instead of an awkward and apologetic phone conversation, you can just update your availability in the Food Rescue US app. It’s the difference between having to call the cab company to cancel your taxi and just pressing “cancel ride” in the Uber app. Plus, once you cancel in the app, another volunteer in the area can then take over that duty, just like an Uber driver can pick up another customer when a ride is cancelled. It’s just flat out simpler to help the local community using Food Rescue US.
This “at-will” design for volunteering proposed by Food Rescue US mimics the ride-share giant’s “drive on your own time” employment tactics. They both, of course, offer a greater flexibility, but Food Rescue US gleans an extra benefit from this attitude by empowering younger volunteers to draw a benefit often restricted to an older population. The accommodating platform allows older and younger volunteers to work together to provide an incredible service to those in need. While citizens of both older and younger generations participate in community service activities, older volunteers tend to reap greater psychological health benefits because their work provides them with a more “purposeful social role,” whereas younger volunteers often take up community service work as a requirement related to other obligations in their lives.
For example, American parents are often required or strongly encouraged to volunteer at their children’s schools. Studies have found that this kind of obligatory volunteering lacks the benefits of more “discretionary volunteering”— or the type generally more available to the older population with more flexible schedules. Food Rescue has eliminated this problem with its at-will design that allows its users to respond to the needs of others in their community when they have the time to help, without requiring a long-term commitment or a regular schedule. This gives volunteers a unique opportunity that might not exist otherwise: Community service performed on a want to basis rather than a have to one. This opportunity gives Food Rescuers the benefit of participating in their communities in a more genuinely altruistic way, which according to recent Harvard studies, could actually help them live longer.
This flexibility also provides a unique circumstance for the huge population of older volunteers who want to help the food insecure. Even though a lot of older volunteers are retired from working traditional jobs, many of them have new constraints on their time. For example, many retired Americans dedicate time to caring for their grandchildren — a third watch their grandkids five or more days each week. Other older Americans dedicate their time to auditing courses at local universities or become highly involved with their religious community. These non-professional commitments and activities mean that Food Rescue US provides a freedom of schedule as beneficial to Boomers as it is to their younger counterparts.
Furthermore, beside being more beneficial for volunteers themselves, Food Rescue US is far more efficient than other hunger solutions. Most food banks accept expired food and specialize heavily in canned foods. This means that hungry people are being fed, but they are eating food that isn’t fresh and that is heavily processed. Food Rescue US gives the hungry access to fresher food and the same culinary preparations that would have been served to paying customers, saving room in our landfills and providing better meals for the food insecure all at once. Since restaurants produce more food waste every single day, accessing food for the hungry via Food Rescue US is sustainable indefinitely.
And just like Uber, Food Rescue US functions because it utilises our existing resources effectively. Why do people drive for Uber when they could (theoretically) make more money running their own company? It’s because they can use their own vehicle, so there’s no real start-up costs. Uber enables its drivers to use assets they already have — their cars — to reap a benefit, just like Food Rescue US does. In the case of Uber, that benefit is monetary. For Food Rescue US volunteers, the reward is a greater sense of connection and purpose within their own communities, as well as the potential of a longer, more satisfying life. In either case, all you need to get started is your smartphone, a vehicle, and your own desire.
Participating in Food Rescue US can fit in the hustle and bustle of your crazy schedule, and it will undoubtedly benefit the lives of people in your community — more than 20 million meals have been provided so far. So, how exactly does it work? You can get started now just by downloading the Food Rescue US app on your iPhone or Android or registering at foodrescue.us. There are several roles available for volunteers. If you own or manage a restaurant or grocery store, you can take on the role of food donor. Food Rescue US will help you arrange to have edible food products that would otherwise be thrown away picked up and transported to a receiving agency. You won’t have to bother with disposing of this food, and it will fill empty bellies instead of landfills.
If you have access to a car, you can become a Food Rescuer by delivering this donated food to community kitchens or food pantries. Use the app to pick delivery times that work with your schedule, and take responsibility for rescuing food from a donor in your neighborhood. This is an amazing way to make a huge difference for the food insecure in your community in as little as an hour per week. If you are already making a difference for the hungry in your community by working or volunteering with a food pantry or community kitchen, you can use Food Rescue US to indicate your organization’s food needs and have food delivered directly to you. This will provide your recipients with better, fresher, and tastier food than what you could provide without Food Rescue US.
No matter what role you are able to play in feeding hungry Americans, your participation is incredibly valuable. Food Rescue US is a platform that has the potential to transform how Americans treat food, but the program is useless without volunteers like you. Donating just a little bit of your time could make a big difference for the 12.3% of American households dealing with food insecurity. The potential to help is just a few taps away. Food Rescue US needs you to be of service to America’s hungry, and they’ve made it so simple that there is no reason not to assist those in your community who truly need access to fresh, healthy food.
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