Red Rooster Overtown Partners with World Central Kitchen and Food Rescue US – Miami to Serve as a Community Food Hub

Beginning Friday, March 27 at 12:00 pm, Limited Meals Offered To-Go at Red Rooster Overtown

Miami, FL (March 27, 2020) – To serve those in need impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19), Red Rooster Overtown is partnering with World Central Kitchen and Food Rescue US – Miami to provide meals to those in need.

“We must fight food insecurity during this time of crisis which is why we are proud to open our brand new Red Rooster Overtown to work with incredible partners like World Central Kitchen and Food Rescue US to safely provide meals in this unprecedented time of need,” shared Marcus Samuelsson, chef/co-owner of Red Rooster Overtown. Similar efforts began last week in partnership with World Central Kitchen at the sister restaurant Red Rooster Harlem.

Starting on Friday, March 27, from 12:00 noon — 4 pm, or until all food is distributed, the collective partnership will offer prepared, packaged meals to go.  It will open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays moving forward from 12:00 noon — 4 pm, or until all food is distributed.  Red Rooster Overtown is located at 920 NW 2nd Ave, in one of Miami’s most historic communities.

Michael Simkins, Red Rooster Overtown partner, has additionally financially contributed to the establishment of the relief effort, alongside other non-profit organizations, through the Simkins Family Foundation.  Simkins notes, “We are proud that Overtown can be a beacon of hope for Miami, supporting workers and members of our local community whom have been devastated by these overwhelming circumstances.“  Red Rooster Overtown Partner Derek Fleming shares, “We are excited to work with World Central Kitchen, Food Rescue US and our local operators at Grove Bay Hospitality to carry on the rich social justice history of this great community of Overtown.”

Over the past year, Food Rescue US – Miami has provided 250,000 meals and kept 300,000 pounds of food from landfill under the leadership of site director Ellen Bowen. Food Rescue US is raising money for the continued operation of the food hub through their COVID-19 Response Fund and initial funder David and Leila Centner.

About Marcus Samuelsson Group

Founded by award-winning chef, international restaurateur, and media personality Marcus Samuelsson, the Harlem-based minority-owned company is committed to creating outstanding culinary experiences and thought-provoking storytelling that celebrates food, music, culture and art. From high-end through fast-casual dining to creative experiential events and multimedia content, the principles of culinary distinction, community, sustainability and inclusivity are the core elements that define this dynamic hospitality and media group. Along with Samuelsson, Red Rooster Overtown was developed with co-owner/ partners Michael Simkins and Derek Fleming. For more information:

About Grove Bay Hospitality Group

Founded in 2010, Grove Bay Hospitality Group (GBHG) owns and operates a number of restaurants throughout South Florida. Based in Miami, GBHG aspires to enhance the lives of its guests, employees, communities and investors as a restaurant industry leader by developing innovative, memorable and highly successful restaurant concepts.: Grove Bay Co-Founders and CEOs Francesco Balli and Ignacio Garcia-Menocal and COO Eddie Acevedo are operating partners of Red Rooster Overtown.

About Food Rescue US

Food Rescue US, a national nonprofit organization, is a leader in reducing both hunger and food waste in America by connecting the vast amount of healthy, fresh surplus food with the critical hunger demand.  Through the use of its proprietary app, Food Rescue US provides the platform for volunteer food rescuers to directly transfer excess food from businesses to local social service agencies that feed the food insecure. By providing food that would otherwise be wasted and delivering it to the food insecure, Food Rescue US is keeping this wasted food from ending up in landfill where it decomposes, creating methane gas that warms the planet. Since 2011, Food Rescue US has helped launch food recovery communities in 25 locations across the country, providing 37 million meals and keeping 51 million pounds of food out of landfills. For more information or to download the app, visit, find us on Facebook @FoodRescueUS or follow us on Twitter @foodrescueUS.

Food Rescue US Bands Together with Darien Nonprofits and Local Businesses to Feed Seniors & Families in Need

Corbin Cares, The Community Fund of Darien, The Darien Foundation, and Food Rescue US to lead efforts to fund and distribute healthy and safely delivered meals

With local restaurants closed except for take-out and delivery, and financial instability looming for an increasing number in our community due to the coronavirus pandemic, several Darien businesses, nonprofits and town agencies have created a solution to address food insecurity for residents of Darien and of surrounding communities in need.

The Community Fund of Darien, The Darien Foundation and Food Rescue US are joining forces with Corbin Cares, a new initiative launched by Baywater Properties and PG Properties, to fund, organize, and provide ready-to-eat, healthy and safely prepared meals from local restaurants to Darien seniors in need, residents referred by Darien’s Department of Human Services, and local nonprofits that feed the food-insecure of Fairfield County.
The project, which has the support of Darien’s Department of Public Health and the First Selectman’s Office, is expected to begin this week.  Donations to Corbin Cares will be managed by The Community Fund of Darien, a 501c3, to provide tax documentation for donors. Donations will be 100% tax deductible.  The funds will be disbursed to eateries including Bodega Taco Bar, Ten Twenty Post, Baldanza Bistro, Four Forks, Jake’s Place and Upper Crust Bakery and Cafe.  Their meals will then be transported by Food Rescue US to local social service agencies in Darien, Norwalk and Stamford that are providing for individuals and families that are food insecure.  Donations of $5 will provide breakfast, $15 will buy a boxed lunch and $20 will supply a healthy dinner.  Tax-deductible contributions can be made through Corbin Cares at:

David Genovese of Baywater Properties said “the incredible support for Corbin Cares received from our community, The Darien Foundation and The Community Fund of Darien demonstrate the astounding generosity of those around us.  My partner, Penny Glassmeyer, and I are proud to have initiated this program, which will provide thousands of meals during this crisis for healthcare workers on the front line, as well as those experiencing food insecurity in our community-at-large.

The Darien Foundation has fast-tracked a $75,000 grant to fund Corbin Cares within Darien. The program will replace the lunches that were served at the now closed Senior Center with individually boxed lunches that will be distributed under social distance protocols. The program will also provide a robust family-style dinner each week to approximately 75 families who receive assistance from Darien’s Department of Human Services. “We have worked closely with town leadership and Corbin Cares to frame how this program could replace the lunch programs no longer available at the senior center and the public schools,” said Sarah Woodberry, the Executive Director of The Darien Foundation. “Also, our underwriting of Corbin Cares in Darien will allow the monies raised by the Corbin Cares’ GoFundMe page to stretch further throughout our neighboring communities.”
In addition to collaborating with Corbin Cares and Food Rescue US, The Community Fund of Darien will continue to provide our town’s residents in need with emergency assistance for rent, utilities, medical expenses, transportation costs and groceries through its “Touch-A-Life” fund, in cooperation with Darien’s Department of Human Services.  “During this stressful and uncertain time, the silver lining is finding a way to work together as a community to get food and aid to those in need from generous neighbors who care,” noted Janet King, the organization’s Executive Director.

Darien residents in need should contact the Department of Human Services at 203-656-7328 or email Ali Ramsteck, Director, at

Food Rescue US Announces COVID-19 Response Fund

Please click here to make a donation at this time. We are asking for your support at this time to ensure we can continue to provide the best solutions to help the most people.

Food Rescue US is committed to finding creative solutions as the needs continue to evolve daily. Our model is scalable and adaptable, allowing us to meet the changing needs. During this time, we are continuing to rescue food from many of our established food donor partners. With the current closures, Food Rescue US has also been recovering excess food from businesses, including restaurants, that are shuttering and providing it to social service agencies helping the food insecure, many of which have been impacted by various closures.

At this time, Food Rescue US is developing new ways to service those in need. This includes:
    • Launching Community Kitchens within our various locations. These kitchens would be staffed by food service personnel who would prepare meals that would then be delivered by Food Rescue US volunteers to people in need.
    • Partnering with community businesses who are raising money to purchase food from local restaurants that we are delivering to local social service agencies.

Funds at this time will allow us to continue our operations and adapt to the evolving landscape and challenges facing social service agencies and food insecure individuals and families.

Thank you for your support as we continue to BE THE RESCUE for those most vulnerable right now.

Food for All 2020 Postponed – New Date September 16th, 2020

Food for All 2020 has been postponed and is rescheduled for Wednesday, September 16th, 2020. Due to the current uncertainty, we felt the best and safest course of action was to postpone the event.

We hope that you will still be able to join us on September 16th. If you have any questions about this change, please contact Jennifer Guhl at

Thank you again for your understanding and support during this time of uncertainty and we hope everyone stays safe.

A Message from the CEO of Food Rescue US

Dear Food Rescue US Friends:

As important participants in the work of Food Rescue US, I want to thank you for your commitment to helping to end hunger and food waste. Together we are making a real difference in the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in need while protecting our environment.

During this time of great concern for the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), your personal safety is of utmost importance to us. We encourage you to follow the CDC guidelines to protect yourself, which can be viewed directly here.

During this time of uncertainty, the need to get food to the food insecure increases and in many cases dramatically. As some organizations that feed people in need close their doors, where will these people find food? As schools that feed children two and sometimes three meals a day close for an undetermined length of time, where will these children be fed? As many employers are cutting back or closing, many employees are uncertain of their ability to earn their wages, how will they afford to buy food?

One of our social service agencies said it best:

“The ripple effect of this virus is vast. Sadly, our clients are going to be some of the hardest hit financially and in so many other ways. No work means no pay. No school means no free breakfast and lunch for the children. The family food budget will then be busted meaning families go hungry. There will be no donations of food to us and empty food pantry shelves. No school and no computer at home means no distance learning for those who are already left behind.”

Our work is critically important, now more than ever. Whatever you can do to help us continue the delivery of food to the food insecure is greatly appreciated during this time of urgent need. Also, your site director will stay in touch with you if there are changes to the food rescue schedule in your community.

Thank you,

Carol Shattuck, CEO

Food Rescue US Rescues 35,000 Pounds of Excess Food from Super Bowl LIV

The Kansas City Chiefs may have won Super Bowl LIV, but Miami residents struggling with food insecurity have turned out to be the big winners. With the help of partners NFL Green and Centerplate, it is estimated that Food Rescue US – Miami rescued 35,000 pounds of excess food from Super Bowl LIV and related events

37 volunteers, under the guidance of Food Rescue US – Miami Site Director Ellen Bowen, directly transferred the excess food to local social service agencies feeding the food insecure, including Miami Rescue Mission, Broward Outreach Center, Broward Partnership for the Homeless, Lotus House Shelter, and Camillus House.

“Being able to deliver this food, including ribs, beef tenderloins, barbecue chicken, vegetables, fruits, and even some specialty desserts, to men, women, and children who are hungry provides sustenance and hope for a better tomorrow.” – Ellen Bowen, Site Director, Food Rescue US – Miami

Food Rescue US’s efforts and impact during Super Bowl LIV were profiled in local and national publications all over the Country. See below for links to some of the recent news stories below:

American Ninja Warriors Help Fight Summer Hunger in Fairfield County

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.


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 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.