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, find us on Facebook (, 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, connect via Twitter @centerplate, Instagram @Centerplate_ or

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.

Food Rescue US Hosts Annual Food for All Event on April 24, 6:30PM Benefit to End Food Insecurity and Food Waste

March 11, 2019 Norwalk, CT: Food Rescue US,  the direct-transfer food rescue organization dedicated to ending food insecurity and food waste in America, announced their annual signature fundraising event, Food for All, will take place on April 24th at the Loading Dock in Stamford, CT.  The event highlights the organization’s important work delivering more than 7 million meals a year to the food insecure and keeping more than 8 million pounds of food waste out of landfills.

Food for All has become one of Fairfield County’s most popular strolling, tasting events and this year features many fan favorites from past years and some of the hottest, new restaurants on the local dining scene. General Admission tickets are $150.   Click here for tickets:

Food Rescue US is grateful for the generous sponsors of this year’s event: Northern Trust, Britton and Laurie Jones, Janice and Jim Bottiglieri, Elizabeth and Joseph Massoud Family Foundation, Alan & Fran Offenberg, Robert & Clare Kretzman, Jim Kirsch;  MAV Foundation, CTbites and media sponsor Serendipity.   We are also grateful for the restaurants and beverage companies that have donated their superb food and drinks for the event.

The Food Rescue US CEO Carol Shattuck said, “Now in its 9th year, Food for All is a highly anticipated event that features excellent food presented by top local restaurants and fun beverages.  But most importantly, together we are helping fund our important work to end hunger and food waste in Fairfield County and around the country.    Each year, thousands of volunteer food rescuers rescue food from food donors that would otherwise be wasted and deliver it to agencies that feed the food insecure.    We now operate in 20 locations in 12 states and the District of Columbia.   Any food left over from Food for All will be rescued and delivered that night to local agencies that feed the hungry.”

Event Details:

  • April 24, 2019
  • 6:30-9 PM
  • Abigail Kirsch at The Loading Dock
  • 375 Fairfield Avenue, Stamford, CT 06902
  • Tickets: $150

Featured Restaurants:

  • Abigail Kirsch
  • Brick Walk Tavern
  • Evarito’s
  • Jesup Hall
  • Knot Norms Catering
  • Le Rouge Chocolates
  • Lulu Chinese
  • Match/Match Burger Lobster
  • Milestone
  • My Myx
  • Terrain Garden Cafe
  • The Spread
  • Locali
  • Winfield Deli

About Food Rescue US

Founded in 2011, Food Rescue US is committed to ending American food insecurity and food waste through direct-transfer food rescue. Food Rescue US relies on a proprietary app to connect food donors with receiving agencies feeding the hungry with volunteer food rescuers who deliver the food from point a to point b.  Established as a 501(c)3 non-profit food-rescue platform, Food Rescue US is focused on transferring healthy, usable foods that would otherwise end up in landfills to where it can help feed those in need.    Since our founding we have delivered more than 30 million meals to the food insecure and rescued more than 43 million pounds of food from ending up in landfills.

Starving for a Solution, Volunteering for Change

by Amanda A. Swan

Do you know where your next meal is coming from? Consider yourself lucky. 12.3% of US households experienced food insecurity during 2016, meaning that they were uncertain where they could obtain enough food for every member of the family to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle. That means more than one out of every ten American households struggled to consistently put food on their family’s table, despite the fact that the United States is one of the wealthiest countries in the world. For Americans, poverty is too often imagined as a far off problem, one that exists only in penniless nations across the planet. The reality is that scarcity is your next door neighbor, a dilemma which directly impacts the very people you interact with each and every day.

Although you might imagine the food insecure as people who are homeless or panhandling on the corner, a lot of these hungry people aren’t so different from you. Their children sit in the desks next to your child at school, they pass you in the grocery store while you do your shopping for the week.  A full belly makes it easy to forget that the waiter serving your dinner might have skipped lunch to make sure his daughter could eat. We seldom consider that the smiling barista making our coffee every morning might be wondering when she’ll be able to afford to eat breakfast again.


Across America, the working class have increasingly become unnecessary victims of hunger and food uncertainty. When nearly one in five US households with children under 18 worry about feeding their kids, it’s hard to blame the problem on lack of motivation.  With costs of living skyrocketing, working class people must rely more and more on food pantries to support their families. Across the US, the average cost of living for a family with two children is about $65,000. The federal minimum wage currently sits at $7.25 per hour. That means if both parents work full time minimum wage jobs, they’ll still come up nearly $35,000 short of the average cost of living.

This leaves parents to make difficult choices, like buying their child a warm winter jacket instead of feeding themselves breakfast in the morning, or turning the heater on in their apartment instead of packing a lunch. Do I heat or do I eat? That’s not a situation any parent deserves to be in, but it’s especially unfair to parents working extremely hard to support their families.

While changing the reality of income inequality in the US and raising the minimum wage might seem like lofty, out of reach goals, there are things you can do on a local level to help the hungry people in your very own community. Food bank use is at an all time high, and with millions of American relying on these organizations, they desperately need the support of the more fortunate members of their communities. Just scanning local news headlines, you’ll read article after article about food banks across the nation that are “too poor to feed the poor,” and struggling to fill their shelves.

You don’t have to enact enormous political change to help feed your hungry neighbors. As Americans, we are currently living in an intensely controversial political environment, but some things truly shouldn’t be political. Citizens from every leaning and background can agree that food insecurity is a significant issue in the United States. It’s an issue facing even Americans with full time employment. Nobody deserves to starve to death or be malnourished. Feeding hungry Americans is a goal which transcends party lines.

In fact, many believe volunteerism can help us resolve this enormous problem more effectively than political action. Nonprofits fighting American hunger see this reality clearly. They recognize that activism takes many forms, and doesn’t necessarily need to be political. Volunteerism is a special brand of activism that all Americans can participate in, regardless of their political affiliation or opinion.

“We are not trying to change [government] policy,” says Alison Sherman, communications director at the nonprofit organization Food Rescue US. “Our volunteers are the heroes.” Your individual actions can hugely impact the realities of hungry families in America. If you have the time, volunteer regularly at a food pantry or soup kitchen in your local community. If you have the extra financial resources, try to make a regular donation. This can make a world of difference for these local organizations which are chronically understaffed and underfunded.

If you don’t have the time or resources to volunteer or donate on a regular basis, you are still capable of helping hungry people in need. It’s understandable if you aren’t able to contribute on a consistent basis or in these more traditional ways. Even though most people have an inherent desire to volunteer and help others, it can often be difficult to get started and impossible to commit to a schedule. When you are constantly busy with a career, children, or other life responsibilities, it may be inconvenient for you to find time to determine the best way to help others in your community. New concepts of volunteerism, like “food rescuing” might be a better fit for your life.

Food rescue is the concept of diverting edible, healthy food that is disposed of by restaurants and stores from landfills to food banks, where it can help hungry people. With more than 120 million pounds of food being thrown away in the US each year, food rescuing is an incredibly important idea. Even if you can only participate in food rescuing once per week and only load 20 pounds of food in your car, you would save more than 1,000 pounds of food from going to waste in a year. Your individual impact as a food rescuer is enormous. 

That’s why organizations like Sherman’s are committed to making volunteering accessible to everyone and rescuing this food. Co-founder and CEO Kevin Mullins was inspired to innovate the way we feed the hungry when he started Food Rescue US in 2011. Mullins recognized that hundreds of people could be fed by food that we already had. He saw that a shortage of food resources wasn’t America’s problem, the way we were distributing and using these resources was. Vast amounts of restaurant and grocery store leftovers that were destined for the landfill could feed hungry Americans if we could just find a way to get this food to them.

The plan to “rescue” this unused food was extremely successful — the organization has provided more than 21.3 million meals so far, and they’ve saved 32 million pounds of food from the landfill. Now more than ever, the nonprofit needs ordinary community members to help them expand their efforts. They’ve made it simple by designing a creative and modern approach to volunteerism that works from an app on your smartphone. You can download the app and sign up to pick up donated food from grocery stores of all sizes, farms, farmer’s markets, and restaurants and deliver it to food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, and other organizations in your area, all on your own schedule. There’s no minimum time commitment, so you can help others when you have time, even if that’s only once or twice a week.

There’s no questioning the facts. Working class Americans are struggling to feed their families, and food that they could eat is being thrown away. It’s up to us, right now, in this very moment, to decide how we can help these people and the charitable organizations that provide for their needs every day to build stronger, healthier communities. Whether you become involved with a food pantry or kitchen in a traditional volunteer role, donate to support these organizations financially, or give your time when you can by becoming a food rescuer, you will make an enormous difference in the lives of millions of Americans who are struggling to put food on the table even after a long day at work.

Helping for the Holidays: Food Rescuing Ushers in a New Era of Volunteerism

By Amanda A Swan

As the holidays come and go, many American families will begin cleaning out their pantries to donate to organizations that help their neighbors in need. You know the drill: Every November, we are barraged with requests to donate non-perishable food items by our offices, our children’s schools, churches, and other organizations who organize canned food drives.

While donations to these types of food drives are inarguably a good way to help the hungry, it’s hard to imagine that there isn’t a better way. After all, canned food is heavy and difficult for charities to manage, sort, and distribute. If a soup kitchen is operating out of the back of a church, it might not have the manpower or tools to sort huge quantities of heavy canned goods. It’s time to reconsider our response to hunger.

Cash Instead of Cans?

Because cans are so unwieldy for organizations to manage and distribute, recent pushback against traditional canned food drives has pointed out that efforts to serve the hungry would be more effective if people donated money to food pantries and other organizations that help the homeless instead of making donations. After all, a box full of randomly donated goods may not meet the needs of the distributing organization, and charitable organizations can often buy food that would be better suited to demand at slashed wholesale prices.

Your $5 will go a lot further towards helping those in need in the hands of a non-profit volunteer purchaser than in your own hands at the local supermarket. So why don’t people just donate money to these charities? Journalist Katherine Martinko argues that it’s because “writing a check isn’t nearly as gratifying to the giver as handing over a bag of canned goods.”

She’s piggybacking on Canadian Tristin Hopper’s idea, that people get a certain “generosity high,” so to speak, from the physical aspect of donation. Hopper writes in the Vancouver Sun that, “Non-profits know that people get a buzz from loudly dropping $6 worth of cans into an office hamper…They also know it’s a tougher sell to convince schools and offices to merely pass the hat for the hungry, rather than big photo-worthy gestures like building towers of creamed corn.” And perhaps, they’re both right. Charity, like all things, can have a self-serving aspect. Signing a check made out to a local food bank or entering your credit card number to make a donation online doesn’t feel as good or as satisfying as taking physical and tangible actions to help the hungry, so people aren’t as likely to do it.

But it seems to me that the solution is not so dichotomous. There are more than two options: charitable acts are not split in a stiff binary of either donating money or canned food. While Martinko and Hopper might be correct in saying that money is worth more than canned food, there is something you can give that’s even more valuable than either of these things. If you want to have the most direct result on those in needs, consider donating a few hours of your time.

Food Rescuing: A Different Solution

While you might be imagining giving up your Saturday off to sort canned food at a food pantry or prepare and serve a meal at a homeless shelter, I have a different solution in mind. 60 million tons of American produce is thrown away every year, and a huge chunk of it is thrown away by grocery stores and restaurants. Usually these items are still perfectly edible and just slightly misshapen or discolored. In either case, this food could certainly still be used to prepare healthier, tastier meals for the hungry than something poured out of an aluminum can that’s been sitting in someone’s pantry for two years.

So, what if you just swung by a local supermarket or your neighborhood restaurant after work and picked up some of that food that was destined for the dumpster? You could become a food rescuer, someone who reroutes edible food that would otherwise be disposed of, by donating mere hours of your time each week.

Imagine that you could pick up one donation of trash bound produce from the local grocery every week in December. In just a few weeks, you would have rescued a dozen boxes of perfectly edible food. By Christmas, you would have diverted more than 600 pounds of food waste from a landfill. You wouldn’t have to fork over any extra cash during the holiday season, when money is exceptionally tight. You wouldn’t have to figure out how to plan to spend a whole Saturday volunteering for a nonprofit, when you’re already trying to find time to Christmas shop during weekends that are already filled to the brim with holiday parties and school recitals. And you’d be contributing to the prevention of hunger in America in a way that’s just as accessible, but far more useful, than cleaning out the canned food in your pantry.

Most people don’t do this because it seems complicated to organize. You’d have to call the grocery store or restaurant you want to pick up food from, and find a charity willing to take the food. But an innovative idea has eliminated this problem and made it incredibly easy for willing community members to participate in this kind of activism. Budding nonprofit Food Rescue US has designed a smartphone app that allows you to find willing donors and recipients with a few taps, and schedule a pickup and drop off time, all from your smartphone. It’s a great idea because it allows people to find the same physical gratification they get from donating canned food while channeling their energy in a much more useful way.

Whether it’s right or wrong, journalist Tristin Hopper is right when he says that people and organizations like to have a tangible aspect to their charity. It’s true that there’s something rewarding about seeing a photo of yourself with all your coworkers standing next to a monstrous pyramid of canned food, but I think we can find just as much satisfaction from seeing our back seats and car trunks filled with fresh produce that would’ve otherwise been thrown away.  When your coworkers see what a difference you’ve made, perhaps they’ll be inspired to become food rescuers too.  By changing our methods, we can make a greater impact on the hungry individuals in our community.

Making the Difference

If you’re still not convinced that food rescuing is a great alternative to canned food drives, consider the difference in impact you’ll make on people in need. Fresh food is much healthier than the canned food that is typically donated. While it might be true that, as long as no sugar is added, a can of pears and a fresh pear have roughly the same nutritional value, much of the canned food that is donated does have salt or sugar added.  Even more of this food is just not nutritionally practical. You can’t nourish a struggling body on cream of mushroom soup or condensed milk. And even for foods with the same nutritional value, the BPA resin on the inside coating of the can could potentially cause dangerous health effects.

But even more importantly, we have to consider the difference felt by the hungry people being served. What is tangible for volunteers is tangible for recipients as well. There is an extremely important psychological difference between being offered a box of fresh, nutritious food and a box of mismatched cans when seeking nourishment from a food pantry. There is a crucial difference between being offered whatever a soup kitchen could manage to make, and being offered food people would’ve paid for in a restaurant when seeking warmth after a long, cold day. There is dignity in choices.

The way that our charitable acts make us feel about ourselves makes a difference, but the way that our volunteerism makes others feel should have an even greater impact. Making those we seek to serve and help feel important, worthwhile, and valued can be every bit as important as filling their bellies with food. The hearts of our struggling community members are often just as in need of nourishment as their bodies.

So this holiday season, I encourage you to make a new kind of difference by becoming a food rescuer. It will take you 90 seconds to sign up after you’ve downloaded the app to your smartphone from You can immediately start rescuing landfill-bound food and redirecting it to hungry bellies. You’ll feel better about making a tangible difference as a food rescuer than you would if you just wrote a check or punched in your credit card number. Skip the office canned food pyramid without guilt and do something better to help the hungry. Spend just a few afternoons filling your backseat with food donations instead —  I promise taking concrete action to help others will fill you with a holiday warmth like nothing else could.