Food Rescue US will host its annual benefit on May 8th in Stamford, CT, to celebrate the invaluable work of food recovery, the agencies we serve, and those leading the charge. During the event, we will honor two distinguished individuals who are making a difference in the fight against food insecurity and food waste. Learn more and buy tickets here.

Meet the 2024 Honorees

Leadership Award Recipient Melissa Spiesman

Melissa recently retired from her decade-plus tenure as Chief Operating Officer at Food Rescue US. Her vision, leadership, and passion helped our organization grow from a local nonprofit to a national leader in food rescue.

Looking to the future, Melissa expressed confidence in the path ahead for Food Rescue US. “The journey doesn’t end with me. There’s a robust team in place, and the need for our work continues to grow. I’m excited to see how Food Rescue US will continue to innovate and expand its impact.“

Visionary Award Recipient Michel Nischan

Michel Nischan is a four-time James Beard Award-winning chef with over 35 years of leadership advocating for a more healthful, sustainable food system. He is founder and president of Wholesome Crave, a food company selling responsibly sourced, plant-based soups. A portion of the sales from Wholesome Crave products benefit Wholesome Wave, the non-profit food equity organization for which Michel serves as Co-Founder and Executive Chairman.

About the Event

The event will feature a seated dinner with fine wine, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and a menu designed by Michel Nischan in collaboration with Abigail Kirsch. 

Exclusive silent and live auction items will be available to bid on, including luxury items and experiences.