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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World Food Day: Community Plates Toasts Our Farmers

What is World Food Day?

World Food Day is a day of action against hunger. On October 16, people around the world come together to declare their commitment to eradicate hunger in our lifetime. Because when it comes to hunger, the only acceptable number in the world is zero.

#ToastAFarmer

This year’s World Food Day theme is #ToastAFarmer!

Community Plates would like to thank the following farms and farmers for your support as food donors in our fight against hunger. 

OHIO

  • Bluescreek Farm
  • Clintonville Farmers’ Marketing
  • Doran Farms
  • Jorgenson’s Farmst
  • New Albany Farmers’ Market
  • Rhodes Farms
  • Rock Dove Farms
  • The Glass Rooster
  • Two Crows
  • Worthington Farmers’ Market
  • The Dangling Carrot

CONNECTICUT

  • Ambler Farm
  • City Center Danbury Farmers’ Market
  • Feeny Farms
  • Millstone Farm
  • Rowayton Farmers’ Market
  • Sport Hill Farm

LOUISIANA

  • Grow Dat Youth Farms
  • New Orleans Food and Farm Network
  • Vetiver Farm

 

MACC Food Rescue Program Kicks Off In October via Hartford Courant

We are pleased to announce we are working with MACC Charities in Manchester, Connecticut, our newest community partner in the fight against food insecurity.

MACC Charities has partnered with Community Plates to help end the wasting of food. As a result, MACC has officially started its Food Rescue Program, which began on Oct. 1. The program focuses on “rescuing” quality food that has been left over from businesses and would have otherwise been thrown away.

MACC Charities is looking for food donors, food runners and supporters for this new initiative.

“It’s all about quick, direct transfer; getting the food directly from the business to MACC,” said Community Engagement Manager Meagan Sprague. “What we do is log all of our food runs on the [Community Plates] technology and volunteers can log on a computer or an app on their phone and see what food runs are available and then they can sign up.”

To read the full story, visit Hartford Courant.

Report from the End New Mexico Hunger Summit

This week, our Executive Director Kevin Mullins traveled to New Mexico to participate in the End New Mexico Hunger​ Summit. Kevin talked about Community Plates​ and how communities CAN make a difference in battling American food insecurity by becoming a food runner or food donor and rescuing fresh food that would otherwise been thrown away, and delivering it to families in need through our partner organizations.

It was great to be around so many people dissatisfied with the reality of hunger in New Mexico. There was a great response in our breakout session to the idea of ending food insecurity through direct transfer food rescue and a whole new group getting access to our technology to get started. This bodes well for the 113,000 people (40,000 of them children) in Bernalillo County who are in need. We’re on our way to getting the 100 new food runners in place we need by the end of this year.

Thank you to all the support we received while traveling in New Mexico, and to our food runners, food donors, and partner organizations in the Albuquerque area!

Seeking the Key Member of the Fairfield County Food Rescue Team

By now you probably know what we’re about but just in case you don’t, we’re all about ending American food insecurity through direct transfer food rescue. We are in our 4th year of food rescue, where we have our sights set on rescuing 4,000,000 meals for hungry Americans.  We have a small but potent team but as you can see our vision for addressing this problem without a good reason for being is anything but small. Our core team is made up of passionate, energetic people who are consumed with delivering as much good food to those in need as possible. Our team values simplicity, community, gratitude, creativity and “saying yes.”

If this sounds like you and you’d like to be a part of the food rescue revolution at a very integral level, Community Plates is for you. Join us and be ready to share what you’ve learned, what you do best and who you are and then get ready to make a huge difference for your neighbors and people all over the country.

Position

We are seeking a leader passionate about positive change to direct Fairfield County, our flagship site. The requirements are simple; ability to build and motivate a team, strong computer skills and strong organizational skills for managing all the moving parts of direct transfer food rescue in Fairfield County. This position is about commitment to rapid growth focused on 100,000 plus individuals in this county who can’t provide for themselves the food they or their families need to live healthily.

The function of the National team is to administratively support our site directors in their food rescue mission, so when considering if you’re right for this opportunity think less about filling out stacks of paperwork and more about passionately motivating a movement.

Position Benefits

· Ground floor access and voice to a game changing, innovative food justice platform.

· Ability to work directly with Community Plate’s core team including our National Site Director and Executive Director.

· Opportunity to see direct impact on underserved peoples.

· Monthly cash stipend.

Responsibilities

• Build and manage Fairfield County’s direct transfer food rescue team.
• Set and meet growth goals related to annual “meals rescued” goals.
• Identify potential donors (both in-kind and financial) for followup.
• Public speaking a plus but not required.
• Work with National Site Director to develop GoRescue food rescue application.

Qualifications

• Interest in non-profit organizations, passion for the cause and a desire to learn about and support Community Plate’s mission.
• Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
• Knowledge of: Microsoft Office, Google Apps, Twitter, Facebook
• Ability to manage time, balance multiple tasks, and meet deadlines
• Familiarity and previous Community Plates experience a plus

Compensation & Time

We are looking to fill this position as soon as possible

· Compensation: Monthly cash stipend

· Time: 10-15 hours per week, schedule can be determined based on availability all hours can be completed remotely.

· Location: Wherever you can be doing the most good

· Will review applications on a rolling basis

 

How to Apply: To apply, send cover letter and resume to opportunities@communityplates.org. Please include “Fairfield County Site Director” in the subject line.

b.good Fairfield Hosts Grand Opening Party: Benefits Community Plates

12002058_1496727283973912_8579637813636756531_nCommunity Plates newest parter in Connecticut is b.good will be hosting a Grand Opening party on Saturday, September 19. Stop by to meet the Community Plates team, enjoy great food and live music, and most of all, give back! b.Good is donating 15% of their profits from the party to Community Plates. Join us!

b.good Opens in Fairfield via CTbites

Grand Opening: b.good Fairfield via Fairfield Sun

b.good Fairfield Hosts Grand Opening Party via OmNomCT

b.good Fairfield Announces Community Plates Partnership

New restaurant, b.good Fairfield, has announced their Grand Opening on September 19, 2015, 11AM – 9PM. This also marks the beginning of an important relationship with their local, permanent community partner, food rescue organization Community Plates. Opening day will include music, giveaways and real food, served fast. Community Plates will receive 15% of all proceeds from the day to continue expansion of their food rescue program in Fairfield County. In addition, the restaurant provides their customers with ongoing opportunities and reminders to help Community Plates fight hunger locally, using their online b.good app.

b.good owner Steve Hourihan said, “b.good Fairfield is honored to support the great work of Community Plates as our partner in the fight against hunger in Fairfield County. b.good is here to revolutionize the way Fairfield defines fast food by providing wholesome, real food made by people, not factories. Community Plates has addressed local food insecurity with that same passion. We both strive to reduce our environmental footprint, make nutrition obtainable, and remember the people who make and receive our meals.”

Community Plates Executive Director commented, “We are thrilled to have been designated as b.good Fairfield’s Community Partner. Our philosophies are in perfect sync with each other and this unique type of partnership will help us continue to fund our food rescue efforts in Fairfield County. “

For the past twelve years b.good has been committed to making and serving its customers “real food”. To b.good that has always meant the food served had to be made by real people, not factories. By the very nature of being true to this mission, b.good serves delicious, wholesome food that people feel good about eating. “Real” means showing customers how food is made, what’s in it and where it comes from. It means telling the story of the food through the people who produce, raise and then cook it in the restaurants. With 28 restaurants presently located in eight states and Ontario, Canada, b.good competes in the exploding healthy, fast, casual restaurant space.

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.

Food Runner Profile: Tracy Elzy, Columbus

On behalf of Hunger Action Month, we are profiling some of the wonderful people who make Community Plates work — our volunteer food runners!


Tracy Elzy, Columbus

Hometown: Detroit, MI
Currently: Graduate student in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Community Plates (Columbus, Ohio) Food Runner

11046715_930408586993417_1915230481599144403_oWhy did you become a volunteer food runner for Community Plates?

The reason that I became a volunteer food runner for Community Plates is that having enough to eat is such a basic and important need for all people. A large part of my spiritual practice includes community service, specifically, ensuring that people have enough food. Through volunteering with Community Plates, I can be a part of the change that I wish to see in the world in a very real and tangible way. I also enjoy getting to know the clients we serve, as well as the hardworking folks at our partner agencies. Also, the realization that I am actually saving good food that would otherwise have been thrown out, appeals to my concern for our planet and its resources.

Photo: The attached photo is of myself and the Bishop from St. Sophia Cathedral during one of my many drop-offs from Fox in the Snow bakery this summer.