To become the world’s most widely used solution for companies and individuals to eliminate food waste in their communities.
Rescuing Leftover Cuisine is a non-profit food rescue organization based in New York City that provides solutions to prevent excess wholesome cuisine from being wasted. RLC provides services such as food waste consulting, excess food delivery, co-branding services, and tax credit assistance.
RLC approaches the two large issues of hunger and food waste in three main ways. First, we localize the issues into sets of communities that can help sustain themselves. After identifying the homeless shelters of a needy community, we proactively find restaurants, hotels, and catering companies with excess food in that vicinity that could help support these disadvantaged communities.
Second, we leverage technology to facilitate the identification and handling of excess food. Thus, these partner food providers will be using a smartphone application to report when excess food is occurring, and the same app is used to engage community members, because volunteering with us can be as easy as taking a brisk walk.
Third, we tackle food waste at its root, aiming to eliminate as much food waste as possible and bringing the remaining excess food to where it is needed most. The data of when food waste occurs is used in our analysis of what types of food waste could be avoided, and RLC suggests ways that partner food providers can reduce waste at its root.
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!
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
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.