Rescuing Leftover Cuisine Inc

Cause Area

  • Environment
  • Homeless & Housing
  • Hunger


25 Broadway, 12th FloorNew York, NY 10004 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

The mission of RLC is to redistribute excess food to feed people experiencing food insecurity.


Rescuing Leftover Cuisine (RLC) is a nonprofit organization committed to fighting food insecurity and preventing wasted food. We have cultivated a network of dedicated food rescuers who bring food directly from our food donors to nonprofit recipients, letting neighbors help neighbors while reaping the environmental and economic benefits of reducing wasted food. Founded in 2013, our simple, but elegant model has saved over 8 million pounds of food since our inception.


Would you recommend Rescuing Leftover Cuisine Inc?
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by Lauren R. (February 17, 2020)
RLC is a great organization I would be sure to recommend to any friend or colleague to get involved with. It's easy to volunteer your time to rescue excess food and donate it to a nearby human service agency, and you also meet some great volunteers and individuals along the way! I thoroughly enjoyed the past couple of months where I was able to volunteer and work closely with the organization. Everyone is clearly passionate and motivated in the work they do, and I strongly urge anyone with an extra half-hour to an hour to spare to sign up online for a food rescue.
by Alice W. (August 6, 2019)
I volunteered for several months until I went on vacation and the organization's leader in Tulsa had left when I got back. Very easy activity and everyone was very friendly.
by Milan L. from New york, NY (April 30, 2019)
To be inspired to help the environment and make the world a better place.
by Yevgeniy B. (February 13, 2019)
I have been volunteering for a year now. Simple sign-ups, great impact on the community, a lot of great people along the way. Great organization!
by Jamie F. (February 12, 2019)
RLC is an amazing organization. Such a "simple" solution to two very large problems--hunger and food waste. The food pickups are incredibly simple and you can clearly see the impact on the restaurants you pick up from and the homeless shelters you deliver to. It is very easy to volunteer here (and only takes about an hour) and you will definitely feel like you are making an impact.
by Cassie G. (July 2, 2018)
I have not had the opportunity to volunteer as of yet
by Adrienne E. (February 20, 2018)
I volunteered and worked here for two years. The organization is growing and improving rapidly, based on the simple concept that volunteers can pick up leftover food from businesses and feed the hungry in thirty minute intervals. Volunteering is simple. Following instructions, volunteers pick up food from businesses, take a walk and drop it off at a nearby shelter. It is a great way to get to know the city, have some exercise and meet some cool people. Make sure you take into account weather, how far you are able to walk and how much you are able to carry!
by Leon L. (February 15, 2018)
It was really fulfilling seeing my time directly benefitting others. Many opportunities are available for food rescue. Routes are spread all over the city and all day so it is easy to find a time that works for anyone. Robert is extremely nice and personable. The rest of the team was extremely friendly and very inclusive.
by Monica H. (January 20, 2018)
This is a fantastic non-profit with a great cause, fabulous team, in an engaging and challenging environment that tests you in all the best ways!
by Matthew K. (January 2, 2019)
Volunteering with RLC has been a great experience to help others. This cause opened my eyes to the disparity between the food secure and the insecure and the incredible amount of waste generated at restaurants. RLC is a straightforward answer to the food problem in New York city. What's special about RLC is that it takes leftover food from restaurants no matter how big or small the delivery is. I look forward to a time when more restaurants join the cause to fight food insecurity. In any case, volunteering at RLC is fun, pragmatic and leaves you feeling that you've really done something to better the local community and yourself. Signing up is easy and the website is easy to navigate. I was able to sign up within minutes and volunteer the same day.
by Aaron W. (July 21, 2017)
Volunteering with Rescuing Leftover Cuisine has been a formative and enlightening experience for me. I first volunteered with RLC three years ago and back then I had a very warped view of food waste and even the issue of homelessness. On my first ever event with the organization we picked up leftover bagels from a local café and carried them over to a nearby homeless shelter. I had expected there to be only a couple small bags of food and was surprised when an employee from the café threw down huge garbage bags filled with bagels. Carrying the bagels to the homeless shelter was a struggle, and when we finally reached our destination, the reception was packed. I was baffled. I had always known that food waste and homelessness were issues, but I hadn't realized the extent of either until volunteering with RLC. From day one I could feel the immediate impact that the organization was making, and continued to volunteer, meeting all sorts of interesting people along the way.
by Shondraia G. from Staten Island, NY (July 16, 2017)
My friends are around the same age as me and we all want a chance to do something good and add on to our community service, so this would be a great time to introduce to them this organization.
by Eleanor I. (November 14, 2016)
I volunteered with Rescuing Leftover Cuisine briefly this past Aug & Sept. The girl I met with who I would be reporting to was very nice and we were meeting up so that we could discuss what would be necessary for me to speak with businesses about partnering with RLC in donating food. There wasn't much training or guidance given to me, but I got the bare bone basics. Then I put in A LOT of effort and MANY hours of my time trying to connect at locations. I got many businesses interested in partnering and I spent tons of time updating the data forms from RLC. I could tell the girl I reported to was shocked at how many businesses I was able to connect with in a very short amount of time. However, even after repeatedly asking her to follow up with these companies, it took about 2 months for that to happen. Their cause is fantastic, but they need more organization and because of the lack of it I felt that my time was wasted and unappreciated. I'd go back if they can organize better
by Kristin N. from Boston, MA (September 5, 2016)
Easy way to help the homeless if you can spare an hour or so. Shelters are very appreciative of the volunteers.
by Ersi Y. from Brooklyn, NY (May 12, 2016)
volunteer for them almost a month, nice NGO, kind of lonely volunteer experience, always alone pick up food and drop off all by yourself. And sometimes just a tray of salad or rice, but have to take your 40 minutes altogether, feel not worth my time for just that little food delivery.
by Trevor N. from Brooklyn, NY (December 22, 2015)
I have never volunteered for this service before, this is my first time.
by Kenya C. (November 27, 2015)
It would be helpful to give a hand on your free time
by April J. (August 3, 2015)
Expressed interest 7.20 here and a few days later on their website, but have yet to receive info.
by I'sis E. (July 23, 2015)
I haven't been contacted yet and I don't know what time I am suppose to arrive. Can I please speak to a representative
by kevin h. (December 1, 2014)
To help the hungery. To help those who are in need, because during the holiday season or any season for that matter people should not go hungry. As human beings it is our job to help those who are in need.

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