Red Rooster Overtown Partners with World Central Kitchen and Food Rescue US – Miami to Serve as a Community Food Hub

Beginning Friday, March 27 at 12:00 pm, Limited Meals Offered To-Go at Red Rooster Overtown

Miami, FL (March 27, 2020) – To serve those in need impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19), Red Rooster Overtown is partnering with World Central Kitchen and Food Rescue US – Miami to provide meals to those in need.

“We must fight food insecurity during this time of crisis which is why we are proud to open our brand new Red Rooster Overtown to work with incredible partners like World Central Kitchen and Food Rescue US to safely provide meals in this unprecedented time of need,” shared Marcus Samuelsson, chef/co-owner of Red Rooster Overtown. Similar efforts began last week in partnership with World Central Kitchen at the sister restaurant Red Rooster Harlem.

Starting on Friday, March 27, from 12:00 noon — 4 pm, or until all food is distributed, the collective partnership will offer prepared, packaged meals to go.  It will open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays moving forward from 12:00 noon — 4 pm, or until all food is distributed.  Red Rooster Overtown is located at 920 NW 2nd Ave, in one of Miami’s most historic communities.

Michael Simkins, Red Rooster Overtown partner, has additionally financially contributed to the establishment of the relief effort, alongside other non-profit organizations, through the Simkins Family Foundation.  Simkins notes, “We are proud that Overtown can be a beacon of hope for Miami, supporting workers and members of our local community whom have been devastated by these overwhelming circumstances.“  Red Rooster Overtown Partner Derek Fleming shares, “We are excited to work with World Central Kitchen, Food Rescue US and our local operators at Grove Bay Hospitality to carry on the rich social justice history of this great community of Overtown.”

Over the past year, Food Rescue US – Miami has provided 250,000 meals and kept 300,000 pounds of food from landfill under the leadership of site director Ellen Bowen. Food Rescue US is raising money for the continued operation of the food hub through their COVID-19 Response Fund and initial funder David and Leila Centner.

About Marcus Samuelsson Group

Founded by award-winning chef, international restaurateur, and media personality Marcus Samuelsson, the Harlem-based minority-owned company is committed to creating outstanding culinary experiences and thought-provoking storytelling that celebrates food, music, culture and art. From high-end through fast-casual dining to creative experiential events and multimedia content, the principles of culinary distinction, community, sustainability and inclusivity are the core elements that define this dynamic hospitality and media group. Along with Samuelsson, Red Rooster Overtown was developed with co-owner/ partners Michael Simkins and Derek Fleming. For more information: www.marcussamuelssongroup.com

About Grove Bay Hospitality Group

Founded in 2010, Grove Bay Hospitality Group (GBHG) owns and operates a number of restaurants throughout South Florida. Based in Miami, GBHG aspires to enhance the lives of its guests, employees, communities and investors as a restaurant industry leader by developing innovative, memorable and highly successful restaurant concepts.: Grove Bay Co-Founders and CEOs Francesco Balli and Ignacio Garcia-Menocal and COO Eddie Acevedo are operating partners of Red Rooster Overtown.

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.

Food Rescue US Bands Together with Darien Nonprofits and Local Businesses to Feed Seniors & Families in Need

Corbin Cares, The Community Fund of Darien, The Darien Foundation, and Food Rescue US to lead efforts to fund and distribute healthy and safely delivered meals

With local restaurants closed except for take-out and delivery, and financial instability looming for an increasing number in our community due to the coronavirus pandemic, several Darien businesses, nonprofits and town agencies have created a solution to address food insecurity for residents of Darien and of surrounding communities in need.

The Community Fund of Darien, The Darien Foundation and Food Rescue US are joining forces with Corbin Cares, a new initiative launched by Baywater Properties and PG Properties, to fund, organize, and provide ready-to-eat, healthy and safely prepared meals from local restaurants to Darien seniors in need, residents referred by Darien’s Department of Human Services, and local nonprofits that feed the food-insecure of Fairfield County.
The project, which has the support of Darien’s Department of Public Health and the First Selectman’s Office, is expected to begin this week.  Donations to Corbin Cares will be managed by The Community Fund of Darien, a 501c3, to provide tax documentation for donors. Donations will be 100% tax deductible.  The funds will be disbursed to eateries including Bodega Taco Bar, Ten Twenty Post, Baldanza Bistro, Four Forks, Jake’s Place and Upper Crust Bakery and Cafe.  Their meals will then be transported by Food Rescue US to local social service agencies in Darien, Norwalk and Stamford that are providing for individuals and families that are food insecure.  Donations of $5 will provide breakfast, $15 will buy a boxed lunch and $20 will supply a healthy dinner.  Tax-deductible contributions can be made through Corbin Cares at:

https://www.thecorbindistrict.com/corbin-cares/

David Genovese of Baywater Properties said “the incredible support for Corbin Cares received from our community, The Darien Foundation and The Community Fund of Darien demonstrate the astounding generosity of those around us.  My partner, Penny Glassmeyer, and I are proud to have initiated this program, which will provide thousands of meals during this crisis for healthcare workers on the front line, as well as those experiencing food insecurity in our community-at-large.

The Darien Foundation has fast-tracked a $75,000 grant to fund Corbin Cares within Darien. The program will replace the lunches that were served at the now closed Senior Center with individually boxed lunches that will be distributed under social distance protocols. The program will also provide a robust family-style dinner each week to approximately 75 families who receive assistance from Darien’s Department of Human Services. “We have worked closely with town leadership and Corbin Cares to frame how this program could replace the lunch programs no longer available at the senior center and the public schools,” said Sarah Woodberry, the Executive Director of The Darien Foundation. “Also, our underwriting of Corbin Cares in Darien will allow the monies raised by the Corbin Cares’ GoFundMe page to stretch further throughout our neighboring communities.”
In addition to collaborating with Corbin Cares and Food Rescue US, The Community Fund of Darien will continue to provide our town’s residents in need with emergency assistance for rent, utilities, medical expenses, transportation costs and groceries through its “Touch-A-Life” fund, in cooperation with Darien’s Department of Human Services.  “During this stressful and uncertain time, the silver lining is finding a way to work together as a community to get food and aid to those in need from generous neighbors who care,” noted Janet King, the organization’s Executive Director.

Darien residents in need should contact the Department of Human Services at 203-656-7328 or email Ali Ramsteck, Director, at aramsteck@darienct.gov.

Food Rescue US Announces COVID-19 Response Fund

Please click here to make a donation at this time. We are asking for your support at this time to ensure we can continue to provide the best solutions to help the most people.

Food Rescue US is committed to finding creative solutions as the needs continue to evolve daily. Our model is scalable and adaptable, allowing us to meet the changing needs. During this time, we are continuing to rescue food from many of our established food donor partners. With the current closures, Food Rescue US has also been recovering excess food from businesses, including restaurants, that are shuttering and providing it to social service agencies helping the food insecure, many of which have been impacted by various closures.

At this time, Food Rescue US is developing new ways to service those in need. This includes:
    • Launching Community Kitchens within our various locations. These kitchens would be staffed by food service personnel who would prepare meals that would then be delivered by Food Rescue US volunteers to people in need.
    • Partnering with community businesses who are raising money to purchase food from local restaurants that we are delivering to local social service agencies.

Funds at this time will allow us to continue our operations and adapt to the evolving landscape and challenges facing social service agencies and food insecure individuals and families.

Thank you for your support as we continue to BE THE RESCUE for those most vulnerable right now.

Food for All 2020 Postponed – New Date September 16th, 2020

Food for All 2020 has been postponed and is rescheduled for Wednesday, September 16th, 2020. Due to the current uncertainty, we felt the best and safest course of action was to postpone the event.

We hope that you will still be able to join us on September 16th. If you have any questions about this change, please contact Jennifer Guhl at jennifer@foodrescue.us.

Thank you again for your understanding and support during this time of uncertainty and we hope everyone stays safe.

A Message from the CEO of Food Rescue US

Dear Food Rescue US Friends:

As important participants in the work of Food Rescue US, I want to thank you for your commitment to helping to end hunger and food waste. Together we are making a real difference in the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in need while protecting our environment.

During this time of great concern for the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), your personal safety is of utmost importance to us. We encourage you to follow the CDC guidelines to protect yourself, which can be viewed directly here.

During this time of uncertainty, the need to get food to the food insecure increases and in many cases dramatically. As some organizations that feed people in need close their doors, where will these people find food? As schools that feed children two and sometimes three meals a day close for an undetermined length of time, where will these children be fed? As many employers are cutting back or closing, many employees are uncertain of their ability to earn their wages, how will they afford to buy food?

One of our social service agencies said it best:

“The ripple effect of this virus is vast. Sadly, our clients are going to be some of the hardest hit financially and in so many other ways. No work means no pay. No school means no free breakfast and lunch for the children. The family food budget will then be busted meaning families go hungry. There will be no donations of food to us and empty food pantry shelves. No school and no computer at home means no distance learning for those who are already left behind.”

Our work is critically important, now more than ever. Whatever you can do to help us continue the delivery of food to the food insecure is greatly appreciated during this time of urgent need. Also, your site director will stay in touch with you if there are changes to the food rescue schedule in your community.

Thank you,

Carol Shattuck, CEO

Food Rescue US Rescues 35,000 Pounds of Excess Food from Super Bowl LIV

The Kansas City Chiefs may have won Super Bowl LIV, but Miami residents struggling with food insecurity have turned out to be the big winners. With the help of partners NFL Green and Centerplate, it is estimated that Food Rescue US – Miami rescued 35,000 pounds of excess food from Super Bowl LIV and related events

37 volunteers, under the guidance of Food Rescue US – Miami Site Director Ellen Bowen, directly transferred the excess food to local social service agencies feeding the food insecure, including Miami Rescue Mission, Broward Outreach Center, Broward Partnership for the Homeless, Lotus House Shelter, and Camillus House.

“Being able to deliver this food, including ribs, beef tenderloins, barbecue chicken, vegetables, fruits, and even some specialty desserts, to men, women, and children who are hungry provides sustenance and hope for a better tomorrow.” – Ellen Bowen, Site Director, Food Rescue US – Miami

Food Rescue US’s efforts and impact during Super Bowl LIV were profiled in local and national publications all over the Country. See below for links to some of the recent news stories below:

Food Rescue US Teams Up with Centerplate and NFL Green To Rescue Excess Food from Super Bowl LIV Events

Food rescued from Super Bowl LIV will be provided to food insecure individuals throughout Miami

Miami, FL, January 16, 2020 – With more than a million people expected to attend Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium and its related events, national food recovery leader Food Rescue US is partnering with NFL Green and Centerplate, the exclusive food and beverage partner at Hard Rock Stadium and the Miami Beach Convention Center, to ensure surplus food from Super Bowl events is recovered and provided to food insecure individuals in the Miami area. Tens of thousands of pounds of food are expected to be rescued from these events to keep it from ending up in landfill where it creates methane gas that contributes to global warming.

“With the scale of an event like the Super Bowl, we always prepare plenty of food, and I’m pleased to continue our partnership with Food Rescue US – Miami to deliver any surplus to local social service agencies feeding the hungry in our community,” said Chef Dayanny de la Cruz, Executive Chef of Centerplate at Hard Rock Stadium. “Our Centerplate team is proud to give back to the communities we serve, and to ensure that the meals we create can also support those in need, thanks to the efforts of the volunteer food rescue teams.”

Over the past year, Food Rescue US – Miami has provided 250,000 meals and kept 300,000 pounds of food from landfill under the leadership of site director Ellen Bowen. Food rescued from Super Bowl LIV and related events will be delivered to Miami Rescue Mission, Broward Outreach Center, Broward Partnership for the Homeless, Lotus House Shelter, and Camillus House.

“We know food insecurity impacts one in seven people in the state of Florida,” said Carol Shattuck, CEO of Food Rescue US. “Through our work with Centerplate and NFL Green, we can make sure excess food from Hard Rock Stadium and the Miami Beach Convention Center helps to feed individuals and families throughout Miami, while also not contributing to the growing food waste crisis in the U.S.”

Started in 2011, Food Rescue US is currently rescuing in 25 locations throughout the U.S., including Miami and Broward counties. Using its proprietary app, food donors are connected with local social service agencies that feed the food insecure and volunteer food rescuers who directly transfer healthy, excess food from the food donor to social service agencies.

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 (facebook.com/FoodRescueUS), or follow us on Twitter (@foodrescueUS).

About Centerplate

Centerplate is a leader in live event hospitality, “Making It Better To Be There®” for more than 115 million guests each year at more than 200 prominent entertainment, sports and convention venues—including Hard Rock Stadium and the Miami Beach Convention Center. From hosting VIPs at the Super Bowl to super heroes at Comic Con, the company provides hospitality services to North America’s premier events. A Sodexo company, Centerplate creates unique, locally-inspired menus, best-in-class guest service, and one-of-a-kind experiences backed by world-class design and insights teams. Visit the company online at Centerplate.com, connect via Twitter @centerplate, Instagram @Centerplate_ or Facebook.com/centerplate.

About NFL Green

NFL Green, the NFL’s environmental program, has managed environmental-related Super Bowl projects for more than 25 years. These environmental projects are part of a larger program of community events and initiatives implemented each year by the NFL and Super Bowl Host Committee to leave a positive benefit in each Super Bowl host community. NFL Green is part of the NFL’s sustainability platform which works to create a positive, “green” legacy in host communities. These efforts include food recovery and distribution, recycling and solid waste management, recovery and donation of event and building materials, community greening projects, the use of “green energy” to power events, and the Super Kids-Super Sharing community project which puts books, sports equipment and school supplies into the hands of local children in need.

Greenwich Wine + Food Festival, Main Beneficiary Food Rescue US

Food Rescue US is proud to be this year’s main beneficiary of the Greenwich Wine + Food Festival, located at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park in Greenwich, CT. This multi-day event celebrates the area’s rich culinary landscape and showcasing innovation in the food and beverage industries with top culinary talent. Music performances at the Festival include: Little Big Town, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Kermit Ruffins & The Barbecue Swingers, and Rebirth Brass Band.  

Thank you to everyone!

Thank you to everyone who joined us and supported the first Pools, Patios, Pergolas event on Saturday in Westport, CT. It was a beautiful summer night, filled with delicious food and drinks, good music, and great friends in several spectacular outdoor settings. Special thanks to our event partner KMS Partners at Compass and the evening’s sponsors.

Join us for this new summer outdoor tasting event!

Pools, Patios, Pergolas – A Luxury Tasting Event, is an opportunity to view a selection of beautiful Westport properties showcasing their exquisite outdoor living spaces. Guests will be divided into three groups as they visit the properties featuring food and beverages from some of the area’s most popular, award-winning caterers, AMG, Festivities and Marcia Selden Catering & Events.

Each property will have its own theme/cuisine, plus great music and signature drinks.  Music playlists will be available for download so that guests can enjoy them throughout the summer season. The groups will convene at the final locale along the Saugatuck River with food from favorite local food trucks, Fryborg and Don Bronco Taquaria, and live music for a festive party.

Tickets are $125 per person. Proceeds benefit Food Rescue US – Fairfield County.

Ticket sales for this event is now closed.