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Norwalk-Based Community Plates Receives Technology Award

Community Plates volunteers load trucks with food.
Community Plates volunteers load trucks with food. Photo Credit: Contributed, File

NORWALK, Conn. -- Community Plates, the Norwalk-based food charity, was recently presented with a 2013 21st Century Achievement Award from the Computerworld Honors Program for its Go Rescue technology, powered by WhenToManage.

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.

“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 of 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.”

The Computerworld Honors Program Awards Ceremony was held earlier this month at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. A total of 267 Laureates were honored at this year's event, with five finalists and one 21st Century Achievement Award presented in each of 11 categories.

Community Plates, which operates throughout Fairfield County, 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.

The group also operates in Albuquerque, N.M., and Columbus, Ohio, 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.

Community Plates was launched in 2010 by WhenToManage, an innovator of cloud-based software for the restaurant, hospitality and retail industries.

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