It all started back in January, 2011, when Community Plates began. They would drive to local restaurants, bakeries, caterers, supermarkets, and grocers to gather food that would have been wasted. With that food, they would make deliveries to soup kitchens, pantries, and other places that provide food for the needy. Since then, they have grown in immense ways. According to a recent press release sent to us, they have rescued over 600,000 lbs. of food, have over 200 volunteers in Fairfield County, rescue food from 23 donors, and deliver to 15 different agencies.
With Kevin Mullins, who is the co-founder and Executive Director, at the helm, they have taken their mission and have brought it to other states, too. They began work in Albuquerque in January, Columbus in April, and by the end of the year they will add another location. For 2013, they plan to expand to six more places, too. So, adding up all the numbers, they have 300 volunteers, 40 food donors, and they deliver to 30 agencies.
To be able to accomplish this, they need lots of help and support. To begin, they need restaurants and stores that want to help out. They do have plenty now, but the more the merrier! Also, they need people who can spare just 20-60 minutes once a week or even once a month to do a food delivery to the Bridgeport Rescue Mission. And, of course, they do need money and support to make all of this possible.
This is where the second annual Fall Ball 2012 at Stepping Stones comes in. The event has been put together by Community Plates and is a major fundraiser to help drive (pun intended?) the great work they do. Buy your tickets for $40 here, then come down to Stepping Stones Museum (awesome place, btw) on October 9 at 6:30 for a great time. There will be some delectable and delightful food from Libby Cooke Catering and you can imbibe with the Community Plates Signature Cocktail! DJ Baby Manny will be on hand, mixing the tunes. Bring those dancing shoes ‘cuz the rug ain’t gonna get cut all by itself! Attire is smart casual, so you don’t need to look like a penguin.
Thank you Kevin for letting us know about the Fall Ball 2012 and for all that you and Community Plates do on a day by day basis. Hopefully you can attend the event, donate, and/or volunteer to help out Community Plates and all they do.
Here’s to change…one plate at a time.