Community Plates Rescuing Food for the Hungry in Fairfield County and Beyond

25 Jun

Have you ever wondered what happens to all the food at restaurants and supermarkets that doesn’t get used or sold?  Think of the enormous waste and think of the thousands of people who could eat if that food was available.  Well, you’ll be happy to know that less and less of that food is being wasted…and all thanks to a non-profit, an amazing network of volunteers, and a collection of people in the food industry.

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.

It’s amazing how something that started locally, formed for good, could take off and spread throughout the country.  Imagine how many more people can eat, and eat well, because of the hard work of Community Plates, its volunteers, and those who give the food.  If you’d like to help, please check here for volunteering opportunities, donate your food, and please consider giving money to help fund this vital work.

Here are some of the great places in Fairfield County that donate to help the food insecure:

 Barcelona Wine Bar
 Bartaco
 Elm Restaurant
 Kentucky Fried Chicken
 Match Restaurant
 O’Neill’s Irish Pub
 Pane e Panini
 Rowayton Seafood
 St. Luke’s School
 Starbucks
 The Brewhouse
 The Capital Grill
 Trader Joe’s

30 Responses to “Community Plates Rescuing Food for the Hungry in Fairfield County and Beyond”

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  10. Craft 260 to Host Beer Fest w/ 11 CTBreweries to Benefit Community Plates – Fairfield, CT | OmNomCT - October 20, 2014

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    […] Community Plates, the volunteer-driven organization that rescues food from markets and restaurants, is putting on their second annual Food for All Event on October 2 at the Darien Community Association.  The VIP Reception goes from 6-7 and costs $100 and the Main Event goes from 6:30-8:30 for $50.  And, they’ve sweetened the pot for food runners by inviting them to come along for free to thank them for all their hard work during the year. […]

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  16. The One Where We Guest Bartend at Bistro 7 to Benefit Community Plates | OmNomCT - March 14, 2014

    […] But, all of our anxiety faded away when we saw our buddy and fellow food writer, Andrew Dominick (thanks for the photos) of Food Dudes and Hamlet Hub.  He was there with very kind and gracious Sally of Books, Ink.  They went easy on us, ordering some brews and a bunch of small plates to eat and some for Sally to take home.  Soon after, a bunch of our friends and fellow writers came by, too:  Renato and Alicia Ghio of rMedia/Local Food Rocks, Jordan Giles of Half Full Brewery and his girlfriend Jessie, Adeline Jessica of Hamlet Hub and her own media company (she’s guest bartending April 16) with her friend, our friend Maggie, reader (and new friend) Trish, Sal Bagliavio, Jordan, and Bryan Walsh of Bailey’s Backyard, Pam Dufour of Fairfield After Dark with her friend Dan, and of course Kevin and Jacinta Mullins of Community Plates. […]

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