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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

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 

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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