For Immediate Release
Community Plates’ Go Rescue Technology, Powered by WhenToManage, Wins 2013 Computerworld Honors Program “21st Century Achievement Award”
Community Plates’ game-changing technology helps rescue millions of meals for food-insecure Americans
Norwalk, CT (June 6, 2013) –Community Plates is proud to announce that its Go Rescue technology, powered by WhenToManage, has been recognized with a 2013 Computerworld Honors Program 21st Century Achievement Award. The annual awards program pays tribute to organizations that use information technology to promote and advance the public welfare, benefit society and business. Community Plates received the top honor in the Human Services category from among 29 Laureates. Community Plates is a technology-fueled, volunteer-driven, nonprofit organization that rescues surplus food from supermarkets, grocers, and restaurants, and distributes it directly to local receiving agencies that serve individuals and families in need. There are an estimated 50 million food-insecure individuals in America, of which 1 in 5 are children under 5 years (according to the USDA).
“We are very proud to have received the top honor in the Human Services category of the 2013 Computerworld Honors Program,” said Kevin Mullins, executive director and co-founder, Community Plates. “We appreciate that IDG’s Computerworld recognizes the important role our disruptive technology is playing in helping to achieve our goal of ending food insecurity in America.”
Community Plates was launched in 2010 by WhenToManage. As an innovator of cloud-based software for the restaurant, hospitality and retail industries, WhenToManage recognized the opportunity to streamline the food rescue process utilizing technology and so developed the Go Rescue App. The traditional food rescue model relies on multi-layered infrastructure and excessive food handling via fleets of trucks, drivers and warehousing, which requires significant overhead and time, greatly limiting the ability to transfer perishable, fresh food. Utilizing the Go Rescue App and volunteer food runners, Community Plates eliminates much of this overhead, while delivering fresher (and thereby healthier) food directly to those in need.
“Our award-winning Go Rescue App is playing a key role in enabling us to streamline the food rescue process,” said Jeff Schacher, CEO and founder, WhenToManage. “We built Go Rescue on WhenToManage’s Peach platform which allows us to quickly develop and update applications to meet the specific needs of the industries we serve. This environment also enables us to easily continue modifying Go Rescue to further enhance the food rescue process, and over time, meet other nonprofit’s needs.”
The Computerworld Honors Program Awards Ceremony was held on June 3, 2013 at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. At the event this year’s 267 Laureates were honored, with 5 finalists and one 21st Century Achievement Award presented in each of 11 categories.
About Community Plates
Launched and headquartered in Fairfield County, CT, Community Plates also operates in Albuquerque, NM and Columbus, OH, with plans to expand to a dozen additional markets by 2014. More than 650 volunteers have transferred food equivalent to over a million meals to date, served to food-insecure individuals and families through food pantries, soup kitchens, and community centers. For more information or to get involved visit: http://communityplate.wpengine.com.
WhenToManage is comprised of a team of professionals with years of true restaurant operations experience from the top down, and a passion for creating software that they, in turn, would be excited to use. The result is a restaurant operating system that is more accessible, easier to use, and requires less training and support. WhenToManage offers subscription-based solutions for POS intelligence, inventory management and employee scheduling, as well as customized deployments. For more information, please visit http://whentomanage.com.