Food Rescue US – Miami Receives $50,000 Grant from The Miami Foundation in Partnership with the PepsiCo Foundation

Miami , FL – July 28, 2020 – Food Rescue US – Miami has been selected by The Miami Foundation in partnership with The PepsiCo Foundation to receive a $50,000 grant that will be designated to launch community kitchens within the Little Haiti area. The Community Kitchen Program supports employment for restaurant staff while providing chef-prepared meals free of charge to food insecure individuals and families, including furloughed and unemployed workers in many of the city’s most underserved areas. The program has also provided meals to frontline workers and local social service agencies.

In response to alarming evidence of the continued disparate, negative impact of COVID-19, PepsiCo, Inc. and its philanthropic arm The PepsiCo Foundation launched an initiative to provide increased medical and economic aid to communities of color across the country. Their $500,000 investment to The Miami Foundation’s Community Recovery Fund supports six Miami-based organizations who have worked throughout the crisis to provide relief to underserved neighborhoods.

To date, Food Rescue US – Miami has distributed over 35,000 meals in Overtown, Wynwood, Miami Gardens, Model City, Little Haiti, and Little Havana. Restaurant partners have included Marcus Samuelsson’s Red Rooster Overtown, James Beard Award Finalist Brad Kilgore’s Alter in Wynwood, Celebrity Chef Michelle Bernstein’s Café La Trova in Little Havana, and popular Little Haiti and Miami Gardens spot Chef Creole.

In partnership with Naomi’s Garden Restaurant, Boia De, and Clive’s Jamaican, 5,000 meals will be provided over the next few months. A team of passionate Food Rescue US – Miami volunteers will be onsite to handle the food distribution.

The current schedule is as follows:

Naomi’s Garden Café

Wednesday July 29, & August 5

Saturday August 1, & August 8

3-5pm

(Additional dates TBD)

Boia De

Tuesday July 28, August 1, & August 4

2-4pm

(Additional dates TBD)

Clive’s

Thursday August 13, August 20, & August 27

Saturday August 15, August 22, & August 29

2-4 pm

(Additional dates TBD)

“Our Community Kitchen Program is supporting our local independent restaurant community by putting people back to work to feed those still out of work during this terrible time for Miami. Our chef-prepared meals are packaged as takeout and distributed safely in a no contact walk-up or drive-up setting and available to anyone in need of a meal,” said Ellen Bowen, Site Director for Food Rescue US – Miami and Managing Director of the popular food blog, MIAbites.

To make a donation in support of Food Rescue US – Miami, please visit the Food Rescue US COVID-19 Response Fund and designate your donation to “Miami”.

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 33 locations across the country, providing 41 million meals and keeping 57 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.