Greenwich, CT, April 22, 2020 – To address the growing needs due to COVID-19, Food Rescue US – Fairfield County is partnering with The Quadracci Harned Family and the Greenwich United Way to launch Greenwich Cares, a program to provide meals to food insecure individuals and families while supporting local restaurants in Greenwich. Donations can be made directly here.
The Quadracci Harned Family has provided a challenge grant of $25,000 to encourage support for the program. “The Quadracci Harned Family is proud to provide this challenge grant to Food Rescue US – Fairfield County for Greenwich Cares,” said Elizabeth Harned on behalf of the Quadracci Harned Family. “Now is the time to give and we are happy to partner with Food Rescue US – Fairfield County to address these needs as quickly as possible.”
The Greenwich United Way also awarded Food Rescue US – Fairfield County a $20,000 emergency grant in support of the Greenwich Cares program. “The Greenwich United Way is pleased to support Greenwich Cares as they support our local restaurants while helping feed the rising number of food insecure individuals due to COVID-19,” said David Rabin, CEO, Greenwich United Way.
Through Greenwich Cares, Food Rescue US – Fairfield County will purchase meals from local restaurants and then deliver those meals directly to social service agencies for immediate distribution. This not only provides meals for the growing food insecure but supports local restaurants as they continue to fight on through this pandemic.
After the success of their partnership with Corbin Cares in Darien, Food Rescue US – Fairfield County began launching Restaurant Meal Programs in Norwalk, New Canaan, and now Greenwich.
“As the food insecurity rate rises and the number of food donors is decreasing due to closures, Food Rescue US is adapting our model to address the growing needs within our communities,” said Carol Shattuck, CEO, Food Rescue US. “It is important that we continue to provide for the food insecure while also supporting the restaurant community that has always supported us and the agencies we serve.”
Greenwich Cares began delivering meals on April 20th and has a goal of delivering 400 meals a week over the next 12 weeks. If the need continues, Food Rescue US – Fairfield County is hoping to continue the program for as long as is needed with continued support.
Since 2011, Food Rescue US – Fairfield County has provided 20.5 million meals and kept 29 million pounds of food out of landfill. Food Rescue US – Fairfield County operates under national nonprofit Food Rescue US, which is currently rescuing in 17 States and the District of Columbia.
Visit here to learn more about Greenwich Cares.
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 foodrescue.us, find us on Facebook @FoodRescueUS or follow us on Twitter @foodrescueUS.