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.