FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – For the past 25 years, the Kraft family and the New England Patriots Foundation have been recognizing volunteers for going above and beyond to give back to their communities through the Myra Kraft Community MVP Awards program. Gillette, a longtime supporter of the New England Patriots and a cornerstone partner of the Patriots Foundation, served as the presenting sponsor for this year’s program.
On Wednesday, June 8, 26 volunteers were recognized for their contributions at an awards ceremony at Gillette Stadium. Oliver Kaufman of Stamford, Conn. was recognized as one of this year’s honorees and presented with a $10,000 donation for Food Rescue US. Since 2015, Oliver has dedicated his free time to Food Rescue US – Fairfield County and become the go-to volunteer, driving anywhere he can to rescue food before it gets thrown away. Since the start of the pandemic, he has rescued more than 10,000 meals, and over the past two years, he has completed more than 700 food rescues.
“I volunteer for many reasons. First, when my kids were younger, I wanted to show them that they are lucky to have a roof over their head and three nutritious meals a day,” said Oliver. “By giving my time, making deliveries myself, I am more vested. This hands-on community service helps build stronger communities with local connection from all parties involved: the food donor, the food pantry recipients and the volunteer…It makes me smile knowing I’m bringing such nutritious food to those in need. I think if you have not rescued food before you will be in awe of what you can bring to help a neighbor in need. This exchange is uplifting to all those involved especially in these uncertain times.”
For more information on the Myra Kraft Community MVP Awards, please visit: www.patriots.com/community.