Food Runners Needed to Rescue Food for Community Plates

16 Aug

We might take vacations, travel, or head back to school near the end of summer, but hunger in Connecticut never takes a vacation.  That’s why Community Plates needs your help.  They’re an organization that we’ve written about before that rescues food from restaurants, grocery stores, and markets that would have normally been thrown away, then gets that food into the hands of the food insecure.  To do that, they have a core group of volunteers called food runners who go to the restaurants, pick up the food, then deliver it to be distributed.  This never takes too much time and the experience and knowing you have helped others is very rewarding.

If you’re already a runner, see if you can work in a few more runs…and, if you’re new to Community Plates, check out the contact form here and tell them how you want to help out.  Also, keep an eye out for the Food for All: Night to End Hunger event on October 1.  We’ll have more details on that soon!

Here is a list of all the restaurants and markets that give their unused food:

  • Barcelona Wine Bar
  • Bartaco
  • Elm Restaurant
  • Fairway Market
  • Kentucky Fried Chicken
  • Match Restaurant
  • O’Neill’s Irish Pub
  • Pane e Panini
  • Rowayton Seafood
  • St. Luke’s School
  • Starbucks
  • The Brewhouse
  • The Capital Grille
  • Trader Joe’s
  • Wave Hill Breads
  • Whole Foods

And these are all the great organizations that help to distribute the food that food runners rescue:

  • 164 Wilson Food Pantry
  •  Bridgeport Community Land Trust
  • Bridgeport Rescue Mission
  • Christian Community Action
  • East End Community Council
  • Gillespie Center
  • Mid Fairfield Aids Project (MFAP)
  • New Covenant House
  • Open Door Shelter
  • Operation Hope
  • Pacific House (Men’s Shelter for Homeless)
  • Person-to-Person
  • Wilton Interfaith Food Pantry
  • Women’s Housing-Inspirica

2 Responses to “Food Runners Needed to Rescue Food for Community Plates”


  1. Noms Craft Cocktails + Dessert Cafe @ Food for All 2015 to Benefit Community Plates | OmNomCT - March 30, 2015

    […] hope that you can make it to this great, annual event. And, even if you can’t, please check out more on Community Plates and seriously consider becoming a Food Runner. They’ve expanded to a lot more restaurants and […]


  2. Local Community and Markets Come Together to Provide Meals this Thanksgiving | OmNomCT - November 27, 2013

    […] Help rescue food and deliver it to those who need it via Community Plates […]


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