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Local Community and Markets Come Together to Provide Meals this Thanksgiving

27 Nov
Community Plates Rescue Run

Karol Brumit loads up her car at Fairway with the help of Tom Hauser, new Community Plates Fairfield County Site Director

This past weekend Coalhouse Pizza teamed up with Two Roads Brewery in Stratford and us for a fundraiser that would benefit Community Plates.  Although we were busy during the day, an amazing amount of people went out for brunch, for pizza, for drinks, and to help out.  When we did come by for dinner, we were amazed to see every table taken and people waiting for seats.  What a great turnout!  And, it turns out that Gerard Robertson (owner and beer god) confirmed that through sales that day he’s going to be donating $650 to Community Plates.  That money will go a long way in helping them to end hunger in Fairfield County and beyond by rescuing food from restaurants and markets then delivering it to food banks and local organizations.

One such provider of food is Fairway Market of Stamford.  They recently donated 140 turkeys, 15 cases of yams, and a pallet of Vitamin Water to the Norwalk-based Community Plates.  From there, food runners loaded up their cars and delivered the food to Mid Fairfield Aids Project, Norwalk Grassroots Tennis, Wilson Food Pantry and Person to Person.  Also, Trader Joe’s in Darien, Fairfield, Stamford, and Westport are important leaders in the food rescue community, providing their pre and post Thanksgiving food to Community Plates.

If you’d like to give back, there’s lots to do:

  1. Volunteer at a soup kitchen or food bank on a monthly basis
  2. Donate to a food bank, soup kitchen, or Community Plates
  3. Help rescue food and deliver it to those who need it via Community Plates
  4. Organize fundraisers
  5. Take part in organized food donations at stores, school, and markets

Happy Thanksgiving everybody,

Dan and Kristien

Coalhouse Pizza Hosts Fundraiser for Community Plates with Two Roads Brewery + OmNomCT

15 Nov


Set Saturday, 11/23, aside for some great times, awesome beer, and great food.  On that date, all day long, Coalhouse Pizza in Stamford will be donating 10% of dine-in and take-out sales to Community Plates of Fairfield County.  We were very excited to learn that Gerard Robertson, owner of Coalhouse, wanted to step up to the plate (pun intended) and help out this great organization that is rescuing food to help feed those who don’t have enough to eat on a daily basis.

Now, onto some of the reasons why you’ll need to come by Coalhouse Pizza on 11/23:

1)  You’ll be helping out Community Plates to get into restaurants, stores, and markets to help rescue food that gets to soup kitchens and pantries!

Coalhouse breakfast pizza2) Brunch will be served from 10 am until 3 pm, though you can also order from their regular menu.  Brunch items include make-it-yourself pizzas that include two eggs in the middle, Irish breakfast, corned beef hash, and lots of other options.  There will be bottomless mimosas (mimosai???) and lots of beer-infused cocktails to drink, too.

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One Nation. Underfed: A Place at the Table Movie Screening at Stepping Stones

5 Nov

Community Plates and Person-to-Person are sponsoring a free screening of the popular and grippingly touching A Place at the Table.  This movie, starring Jeff Bridges, Tom Colicchio, David Beckmann, Joel Berg, and others, will be playing at 7 pm on Tuesday, 11/12 at Stepping Stones Museum in Norwalk.

A Place at the Table follows three Americans who struggle with hunger on a daily basis.  As Directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbus dig deeper into the lives of those who are always looking for their next meal, they paint a picture of hope.  As they point out, it’s not charity and donations that will solve the problem of hunger (though it sure does help)…there is a definite way to eradicate hunger in America.

A Place at the Table Movie Screening

Date: 11/12

Time: 7 pm

Place:  Stepping Stones Museum

Address:  303 West Avenue

                   Norwalk, CT 

Last Chance to Win Tix to Food for All 2013: A Night to End Hunger in Fairfield County

20 Sep

It’s been great to be on the Community Plates Benefit Committee to help spread the word about Food for All 2013:  A Night to End Hunger in Fairfield County.  We have helped spread the word to our friends, our families, and to all of you, our readers.  But, we feel like we it’s not enough.  We feel like there’s still so many more people we wish that we could reach, more people that we could tell about Community Plates and how they’re helping to save millions of meals each year with the help of local businesses and restaurants.  

So, we want to let you know about Food for All 2013 one more time here on our blog.  

Today is the very last day for you to win one of 10 pairs of tickets simply by donating money to Community Plates.  Just go to this page, donate any amount, and you’ll be in the running for tickets.  The winners will be announced by Community Plates tomorrow, so make sure you get those donations in.  Even if you only have $10 or $20 on hand to donate, that’s valuable money for them that they will be able to use to help wipe out hunger in Fairfield County.

And, again, if you’d like tickets, remember the discount codes…

If you want to be part of the killer VIP Cocktail Reception that includes the main event, enter “OmNomVIP” as your code to get the tickets for $200 instead of $250.  That will get you an open bar and cocktails, snacks, and an oyster bar from Norm Bloom and Son.

And, if you just want to go to the main event, enter code “OmNom” as your code to get the tickets for $125 instead of $150.  Your donation will get you dancing, an open bar, lots of fun surprises, and chances to sample some of the newest and some of the best restaurants in Fairfield County.  You know you’ve wanted to try all of these restaurants, so here’s the perfect opportunity.  

We’re talking about…

For more info about Food for All 2013, please check out our original post.

Food for All:  A Night to End Hunger in Fairfield County

10/1 from 6:30-10 pm

The Loading Dock

375 Fairfield Avenue

Stamford, CT

Discount codes and how to win tix to Food for All: A Night to End Hunger in Fairfield County

8 Sep

It’s September 8.  That’s the date we told you that you’d no longer be able to get the early bird prices for the Food for All 2013:  A Night to End Hunger in Fairfield County event for Community Plates.  This event was put together to help Community Plates in their mission to rescue over 3,000,000 meals by 2014, feeding the hungry in Fairfield County.  Quite an admirable goal, especially considering that they’ve rescued 2,000,000 already since they began in 2011.  Food for All is taking place on October 1 at The Loading Dock in Stamford and there will be two ticketing options depending on how much you’d like to help out.

And, even though the early bird pricing is gone, by using two special codes you can get a nice discount!  Enter the code “OmNomVIP” without the quotation marks and you’ll receive $50 off the price of the cocktail reception, bringing the total price down to $200 or enter the code “OmNom” and you’ll receive $25 off the price of the main event, bringing the price down to $125.  But, there’s even another way to get yourself in the door for this highly coveted ticket…just donate.  Yes, just click here, and donate whatever you feel comfortable with.  The winners of 10 pairs of tickets will then be chosen by Community Plates and announced on September 21.

Here’s the description from our original post of what you’ll get with each ticket to further entice you to come along!  We hope to see you there.

1) VIP Cocktail Reception from 6:30-7:30

VIPs will have access to a cocktail reception that features local chefs, an Oyster bar courtesy of Norm Bloom and Son, an open bar, and other surprises.  You’ll also receive access to A Night to End Hunger.

Tickets are $200 each until September 7 or $250 until October 1.  Use OmNomVIP as your discount code for $50 off.

2) A Night to End Hunger from 7:30-10

Some of Connecticut’s hottest and newest restaurants will be on hand, giving tasty portions of their food.  There will be dancing, an open bar (they go very nicely together), a talk about food insecurity, special recognitions, and lots of surprises along the way.  We can’t wait to share some of the great stuff that’s planned out for you.  In the meantime, here are some more details about A Night to End Hunger

Tastings from…

  • Cask Republic, the Stamford-based tavern voted one of the best pubs in Connecticut.
  • Aladin Indian Bistro (Norwalk), where lighter more health conscious ‘traditional’ Indian food delivers the dramatic impact of the cuisine’s spices and preparation techniques.
  • Mama’s Boy Southern Table & Refuge, which offers Southern hospitality and charm with a little sass.
  • NOLA Oyster Bar in Norwalk, where the dining experience incorporates “from New Orleans to Maine and all shorelines in-between.”
  • Post 154 (Westport), with a land and sea menu concept that is global, often playful, occasionally more refined, and always flavorful and contrasting.
  • 323 Restaurant & Bar in Westport, which combines the charm of an authentic New England farmhouse with New York sophistication.
  • The Spread in Norwalk (just added)
  • Millstone Farm in Wilton (just added)
  • Bar Sugo in Norwalk (just added)
  • Oak + Almond in Norwalk (just added)
  • Mecha Noodle Bar in Fairfield (just added)
  • Bailey’s Backyard in Ridgefield (just added)
  • Baro in Fairfield (just added)
  • Boca in Stamford (just added)
  • Redding Roadhouse in Redding (just added)
  • And even more restaurants that will be added shortly.

Open bar and dancing…

Reveal of Community Plates award-winning GoRescue program

Recognition of Fairway Market Stamford (food donor), Thomas Merton Center/St. Stephen’s Food Pantry (Partner Agency), and Siobhan Crise (Volunteer Food Runner).

Tickets are $125 each until September 7 or $150 until October 1.  Use OmNom as your discount code for $25 off.

Food for All:  A Night to End Hunger in Fairfield County

10/1 from 6:30-10 pm

The Loading Dock

375 Fairfield Avenue

Stamford, CT


Food for All 2013: Ending Hunger in Fairfield County with Community Plates

4 Sep

Sometimes if you want to see a change for the better, you have to take things into your own hands.
–Clint Eastwood

Community Plates has always been about taking things into your own hands.  From their food runners that pick up food from local restaurants and stores then deliver them to local shelters and food organizations, to food shelters and other food organizations that feed the food insecure, to organizers who spend countless hours finding ways to get meals into the hands of the hungry.  And, it’s nice to be a part of the magic as we join the Community Plates Benefit Committee this year for an awesome event called Food for All 2013:  A Night to End Hunger in Fairfield County.  This great event doubles as a fundraiser for all the awesome work that they do every year.  In fact, they are hoping to rescue over 3,000,000 meals by 2014.  And, that shouldn’t be hard because since starting in 2011, they have already rescued over 2,000,000.

Food for All 2013, which is the third annual event, will take place on October 1 at The Loading Dock in Stamford.  And, there are two different tickets that you can get for the night, depending on what you’d like to do and how much you’d like to donate:

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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:

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Drink + eat up at The Beer Garden @ Harbor Point to put an end to hunger in Fairfield County

6 Jun

Belly Up Stamford Beer Garden Fundraiser Community Plates

Update:  There will also be a 50/50 raffle with tickets at 1 for $5, or 3 for $10 with prizes from Fairway, exhale, Hotel Zero Degrees, Match, and more!  Also, Community Plates will be on hand if you’d like to sign up and help join in their food rescuing efforts.  

The hopping (get what we did there?) Beer Garden @ Harbor Point has been open for just a few weeks now, but it’s probably one of the busiest places around the city.  And, props to them, because they are hosting a fundraiser for Community Plates.  We’ve talked about this great organization before (and their recent expansion into New Haven), but to recap they rescue food that would have been wasted from restaurants, supermarkets, and other places, then deliver that food to local shelters and food banks.  Believe it or not, this is a completely volunteer driven organization, so you have to imagine that funding for what they do isn’t easy to come by.

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Dishing out Compassion: Community Plates Now Rescuing Food in New Haven

10 Apr

Community Plates started January 2011 in Norwalk, rescuing food from restaurants, bakeries, and grocery stores that would otherwise hit a landfill.  Then, from there, volunteers would deliver the food to local shelters and food kitchens throughout Fairfield County.  As time went on, the restaurants and stores started to add up, so did the food collected, and so did the volunteers.

The Community Plates mission only grew from there, with them expanding their food rescuing through volunteerism into Columbus, Ohio and Albuquerque, New Mexico.   Getting food onto the plates of the hungry is no easy feat, but the GoRescue app that they developed has made it easier.  In fact, in under two years, they have rescued over one million meals that were transferred to over 300 volunteer drivers who then delivered them to over 40 receiving agencies.  Now New Haven is on board, too, helping the food insecure.  Executive Director Kevin Mullins explains why New Haven was an ideal location:  “We selected New Haven as our next launch site due to the high incidence of food insecurity and proximity to our headquarters in Fairfield County, but those were not the only reasons.  We are about communities helping their own communities, and New Haven has a rich tradition in grassroots organizations which is critical in this first phase as we sign up volunteer food runners, food donors and receiving agencies.  We just knew this was the right place.”

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Drink Up and Man Up! Fall Ball 2012 at Stepping Stones to Benefit Community Plates

19 Sep

Back in June, we shared the ever-expanding mission of Community Plates with you.  Here’s some of what we shared:

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.

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