Support Hunger Relief during Covid-19

by Rescuing Leftover Cuisine, Inc.
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Support Hunger Relief during Covid-19
Support Hunger Relief during Covid-19
Support Hunger Relief during Covid-19
Support Hunger Relief during Covid-19
Support Hunger Relief during Covid-19
Support Hunger Relief during Covid-19
Support Hunger Relief during Covid-19
Support Hunger Relief during Covid-19
Support Hunger Relief during Covid-19
Support Hunger Relief during Covid-19
Support Hunger Relief during Covid-19
Support Hunger Relief during Covid-19
Support Hunger Relief during Covid-19
Support Hunger Relief during Covid-19
Support Hunger Relief during Covid-19
Group Food Rescue!
Group Food Rescue!

“We at Peacefood Cafe are grateful to RLC for building a bridge which helps us give back to our community. They have made the donation process simple and the impact immense. Our staff, as well as our customers, take pride in our partnership with RLC: a prime example of the good people can do when we come together and pool our strengths and resources.

    - Manager, Peacefood Cafe

We consider ourselves fortunate to have such great food donor partners, volunteers, and partner agencies! 

Once in a while I take a step back and it still blows my mind when I think about the fact that 40% of the food we produce every year goes to waste. However, I firmly believe that we can all do something to reduce this and bring more to those in need. After working on Rescuing Leftover Cuisine over the past four years, we are seeing massive growth and impact. With the partnership of great food donor partners across the country, financial support from amazing donors like you, and the hard work and time of wonderful passionate volunteers, I am excited to say that we have passed two million pounds of food rescued. If you're having a case of déjà vu after this statement, I don't blame you! You may recall we hit our first million just a little over a year ago in December 2016. This first million took us three and a half years, and now in a third of that time, we have now rescued our second million. We want to continue this acceleration, and are shooting for our third million by the first quarter of 2019! 

As we've accelerated our growth and impact, not only has your contribution really compounded over time but we have also continued to see transformative change happening with our program. One partner human services agency, the All Angels Church, mentioned that they employ several previously homeless people who went through the program at the All Angels Church and are no longer homeless, and one of those is the security guard who stays late on Wednesdays just for our donations. They indicated their desire to hire another formerly homeless program alum to even do pickups once or twice a week. These types of programs are truly inspiring, and drives our team to continue reaching further and growing more. Our team has grown from just me full-time (struggling quite a bit haha) to an amazing seven member full-time team that is bringing this organization to greater heights every single day. Without your donations and support, none of this would be possible, so thank you so very much for your continued support! We hope you continue to grow with us and follow our journey! 

Earth Day Food Rescue!
Earth Day Food Rescue!
Join us today for a Food Rescue!
Join us today for a Food Rescue!

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Our volunteers rescuing leftovers
Our volunteers rescuing leftovers

Dear supporter, 

Thank you for supporting RLC's mission to reduce food waste and feeding the hungry. We know there are so many causes to support but you chose us anyway so we want you to know what we were able to do because of your donation. Here is a quick update on RLC's work: 

  • In 2016, we met our 1 million pounds of total food rescued mark.
  • In 2017, we rescued over 700,000 pounds of food, bringing the total amount of food we rescued up to 1.7 million pounds.
  • In 2018, we are planning to rescue 1 million pounds of food, which we have never done before. 

There are good signs to show that we are going to achieve this goal! For example, we started 2018 with 74 partner food donors. But as of today, we have 107 partner food donors who are donating food to the hungry through Rescuing Leftover Cuisine every week. 3 Guys From Brooklyn is one of the 107 partner food donors. 

3 Guys From Brooklyn not only provides high-quality produce at affordable prices, they also donate all unsold produce to RLC! Two of our human service agency partners that operate soup kitchens in Brooklyn have received thousands of pounds of these great fruits and vegetables to use in their meals for clients. Since the beginning of our partnership in September 2017, 3 Guys From Brooklyn has donated over 19,000 pounds of food - that's at least 15,833 meals!

Thank you for again for making partnership like this happen! You are making a huge difference for the homeless and food insecure. 

3 Guys From Brooklyn's Food Donation
3 Guys From Brooklyn's Food Donation
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Pickups Throughout the Year
Pickups Throughout the Year

This year has been a great year for Rescuing Leftover Cuisine. One of our volunteers that has been volunteering with us since 2013 had this to say: 

"I started volunteering with RLC when I was looking for ways to get involved with my community that made me feel like I was having a direct impact. I've had the opportunity to do many different routes in different neighborhoods, from Kips Bay down to FiDi, and while it's pretty easy to fall into a routine there have definitely been some interesting evenings!

I was very glad when RLC invested in carts around the city because in the past I'd ended rescuing garbage bags full of bagels using the subway because they were too heavy for me and the other volunteer. I also remember a particularly long delivery when we got turned away from our usual drop off location and ended up having to carry trays of food an extra mile to a last minute substitute drop off.

But generally it's been amazing to watch RLC grow. We have so many more restaurant partners, and there are networks in place to take advantage of the growing pool of lead rescuers to make sure that routes are always covered. One of the best things is that I can't remember the last time I ended up on a route without enough help because there are so many volunteers!"  - Christine

Your support has made this growth possible, and allows volunteers like Christine to see the improvements we have been able to make with your donations. I remember days after leaving JPMorgan where I would just do pickups with no cart on foot all night and try and answer emails to get partnerships throughout the day. We definitely have come a long way, but we know we still have a lot of work to do when we do not yet work with even 5% of restaurants in the area we operate in. With everything we've done however, we know that we're building a solid foundation upon which to grow, and your support is making that happen. Thank you so much! We are looking forward to an even greater 2018 and are excited for more to come! 

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After rescuing some food from a nearby restaurant and dropping it off at a homeless shelter, a man walked out into the street with me. He had just finished wolfing down a hot meal the shelter served, and was on his way out. He had grabbed a sandwich that I just brought in and was packing it into his bag. As we exited, he called out to me and asked, "Excuse me, where is the Spring Street train station?"

I pointed him towards the right direction, and told him he could just follow me because I was heading in the same direction. He introduced himself as Scott, and we got to chatting right away as he smoked a cigarette. He had waited 40 minutes in the rain for a meal because the shelter he was residing at ran out of food. He travelled down to the Bowery Mission for an hour for this meal. He got to talking about how he was a marketing major in high school, and was now looking for a job in security. He said he hadn't eaten since the morning because doesn't have the money yet. 

Before I had a chance to learn more, we had arrived at Spring Street and were going our different directions. I will never know how he got to the situation he was in, but then again, maybe it didn't matter. The fact that I could make a small difference in this person's life by providing the food that could fuel his hope was inspiring. 

Your continued contributions help these small stories happen every single day. Thank you so much for your support and we hope to grow even further in our impact and geographical reach! 

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Rescuing Food for the Hungry
Rescuing Food for the Hungry

On July 3rd in 2013, Rescuing Leftover Cuisine was officially incorporated after Paul, Louisa, and I worked on our free time over the weekends to start something that would eliminate food waste and hunger simultaneously. 

Now, we are celebrating our fourth birthday thanks to the support of people like you who have made this all possible. 

We wanted to share some of what our partners have been saying about our services, and what you've been supporting: 

 

"Robert's program directly feeds 10-15% of the hundreds of people served daily at the New York City Rescue Mission." - Program Officer Harry Silman. 2/22/15

"It saves us a great deal of money -- and you'd be surprised at what a bowl of soup and a bagel will do to keep someone warm in the winter. Through rain and through snow days, they come. They save lives, and that is so awesome." - Rescue Mission receptionist and security director Tim Weal. 2/22/15

"It means we have to purchase less, so we can use the money we raised and put it in other places in our program." - Craig Mayes, at the City Rescue Mission. 4/13/16

"The poor and the homeless and the destitute people of New York City are getting fed some of the best food out there." - David Knoche, Volunteer Manager at NY Rescue Mission. 2/12/15

"We have never had donated food brought to us with the care that Rescuing Leftover Cuisine demonstrates. The food donations that Rescuing Leftover Cuisine provides make all the difference to the men. We are so grateful for the donated food, and that food makes such a difference in the mood of our guests: they are happier, more conversational, more relaxed and easygoing" - Helene & BJ's Place Homeless Shelter. 3/12/17

“What a positive impact their generosity is having on the lives of our seniors and kids here at Hartley! RLC and The Daily Show's generosity is proof that the fastest way to a person’s heart is through their stomach!" - Jil Novenski, Development Coordinator at Hartley House. 5/22/17 and 5/24/17, respectively.

"It's an incredibly valuable resource, making use of something that would otherwise be thrown in the garbage. So we're incredibly grateful to having that extra boost to our food budget. It's not that difficult to do this, but yet it provides a critical solution to a serious problem. Rescuing Leftover Cuisine provides probably between 100 and 200 pounds of pastries, of breads, even main entrees, meat and potatoes as well." - Bowery Mission. 4/22/16

 

All of these experiences our partners have had are thanks to the generous support that you as donors have made possible. For four years, RLC has been dedicated to initiating change through active service within the community. Now that we are in 14 cities, we are not willing to stop here. With your support, we hope to continue to alleviate the burden of hunger for thousands more and reduce food waste nationally! Thank you so much again! 

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Rescuing Leftover Cuisine, Inc.

Location: Flushing, NY - USA
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Twitter: @rescuingcuisine
Project Leader:
Robert Lee
New York, NY United States
$582,911 raised of $600,000 goal
 
5,872 donations
$17,089 to go
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