Getting to Know: Community Plates in Fairfield County, Connecticut

 


Facts & Figures

  • Year Founded: 2011

  • Meals Rescued: 8,042,750

  • Food Runners 315

  • Food Donors: 46


What Our Fairfield County Volunteers Have to Say

“The 30 minutes I spend doing a food run are more rewarding and fulfilling than the hours I spend at my 9-5 job.

– Sam Mauro, Community Plates Volunteer Food Runner in Fairfield County, CT

I volunteer try to to make a difference for the better in other people’s lives and to remind myself that we are all connected together. Bottom line: good intentions don’t change the world, people do.

– Kate Albrecht, Community Plates Site Director for Fairfield County 

b.good has always wanted the communities we are in to be better because we are there. We think that connecting our customers to volunteer opportunities with Community Plates and providing a tangible means of addressing food insecurity in our community is a particularly impactful way of doing just that. We hope you’ll join us in signing up for a food run this March! Post a photo of your run with the hashtag #bgooddoesgood and we’ll send you a free b.good meal of your choice to thank you for your service.

– Allie Kroner, Community Development Director, b.good  and Executive Director, b.good Family Foundation

I love rescuing food because I know that if my life circumstances had been a little bit different, I could have been the one in need.

– Kevin Mullins, Community Plates Executive Director


Meet 3 Fairfield County Food Donors

Fleishers Craft Butchery

Screen Shot 2016-03-17 at 8.38.07 AMFleishers and Craft Butchery (Westport, CT) joined forces in support of one mission: to produce better tasting meat that’s better for their customers, their farmers and the land they share.

Craft Butchery, founded in 2011 by former Fleishers apprentices Paul Nessel and Ryan Fibiger, has led the most recent charge of local butcher shops creating industry-wide change in the way that we produce and consume meat.

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Mrs Greens has been an active donor to Community Plates for over two years, providing fresh, organic produce, dairy, bakery items, and much more each week.

Our goal is to educate and inspire our customers to eat well and live a good, healthy lifestyle.

Whole Foods, Danbury, CT

h9-UkNZv_400x400This northern Fairfield County location has been a great partner for Community Plates and pivotal in helping us make an impact in food insecurity in the greater Danbury area.

 

 

 


Meet Kate Albrecht, Community Plates Fairfield County Site Director

12313701_814884285301608_6988824114803624401_nWhat is your role at Community Plates?

I was recently named the Fairfield County Site Director. I work with our donors and partner agencies to grow the organization, manage the schedule of food runs and support our incredible team of volunteers. It’s amazing the number of hours that so many volunteers put in every single week to make Community Plates work.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I love cooking, especially baking bread. A few years ago I worked a 5am shift at a bakery so I could learn to make proper bread, and now I make bread at home once a week. I read a lot, especially non-fiction. I am a bit of a news junkie. And I love exercise. I have been learning to row, which is really hard but also incredibly rewarding.

How did you first become inspired around issues of hunger and food insecurity?

When I learned about what Community Plates was doing — taking advantage of a free resource to get healthy food to those who need it most — I was really motivated to get involved. When you consider how much food is thrown away in our country, it really hits home that hunger in the US, and in Fairfield County, makes no sense.

Can you share a memorable moment from one of your food runs?

I love taking my children on food runs. They love seeing the back of a grocery store (so do I, truth told), but they are also amazed by the amount of food that we collect and the number of people we can help feed. They take the work really seriously and have a lot of pride about their involvement.

 

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