NORWALK, Conn. -- Community Plates, the Norwalk-based food rescue organization, has received a $20,000 grant from the Fairfield County Community Foundation to support the development of the organization's GoRescue software and to expand its operations.
The charity food operates runs in Danbury, Westport, Norwalk, Fairfield, Bridgeport, Stamford, New Canaan, Wilton and Darien.
“We are grateful for community partners like FCCF who are committed to serving those in need in innovative ways," Community Plates Executive Director Kevin Mullins said. "This grant and their investment in the GoRescue software make this commitment obvious."
This proprietary technology has allowed Community Plates to create a new food rescue model that is duplicable, scalable and sustainable. Using the first generation of this software, the organization has rescued 1.4 million meals in two years, all of it directly transferred by more than 500 volunteer drivers nationwide, for immediate use, to more than 40 receiving agencies. The newer and more comprehensive software version, GoRescue, will enable Community Plates to greatly increase the number of meals rescued and delivered throughout Fairfield County.
Founded in January 2011, Community Plates is committed to ending American food-insecurity through direct-transfer food rescue. Established as a 501(c)3 nonprofit, Community Plates is focused on transferring healthy, usable foods to where it can help feed those in need. This volunteer-driven, technology-fueled process coordinates with restaurants, grocers, bakeries, caterers and other food-service organizations who have foods destined to be thrown away and delivers the food to soup kitchens, food pantries and other hunger relief organizations who serve food-insecure individuals and families.