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Contact: Alison Sherman
CONNECTICUT BASED COMMUNITY PLATES LAUNCHES IN NEW HAVEN
ESTABLISHED FOOD RESCUE ORGANIZATION APPOINTS SITE DIRECTOR
Group anticipates rescuing meals for New Haven’s food insecure by month’s end
Community Plates has rescued more than a million meals utilizing technology-fueled, volunteer driven, direct-transfer model
April 10, 2013 (Fairfield County, CT) – Community Plates, the Connecticut based food rescue organization, has announced their launch, and appointment of a Site Director, in New Haven, CT. This marks the opening of the fourth location, nationwide, for the innovative hunger relief group and they expect to begin rescuing food by month’s end. Albuquerque, NM, Columbus, OH and Fairfield, CT are already community based sites in the fight against food insecurity in the United States where Community Plates is leading the charge. The organization’s proprietary, groundbreaking technology, the GoRescue App, has allowed them to rescue over one million meals in under two years, all of it directly transferred by over 300 volunteer drivers nationwide, for immediate use, to over 40 receiving agencies.
Kala Cuerington, the new Site Director, comes to Community Plates with extensive experience in the New Haven nutrition and education fields: she is a service member with Food Corps, works with Common Ground’s School Resource Center and is Chair of the Hew Haven Food Policy Council’s School Food Working Group. On joining Community Plates, Ms. Cuerington recently stated, “I look forward to leading the Community Plates team in New Haven, focused on getting healthy food to those who need it, in an innovative way.”
When asked why New Haven was chosen as the new site, in light of the many inquiries Community Plates has had from locations across the country, Executive Director Kevin Mullins replied, “We selected New Haven as our next launch site due to the high incidence of food insecurity and proximity to our headquarters in Fairfield County, but those were not the only reasons. We are about communities helping their own communities, and New Haven has a rich tradition in grass roots organizations which is critical in this first phase as we sign up volunteer food runners, food donors and receiving agencies. We just knew this was the right place.”
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 food-service 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.