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.