Rescuing Leftover Cuisine

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About Rescuing Leftover Cuisine

Rescuing Leftover Cuisine is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization which provides a volunteer platform throughout Massachusetts to bridge the gap between surplus fresh and prepared food from businesses to local shelters and soup kitchens who freely give this food to those in need. RLC was founded in 2013 in NYC, and started in MA in 2016.

In 2017, over 40,000 pounds of food accounted for over 30,000 meals for those in need throughout Massachusetts, thanks to the collaboration of our food donors, volunteers and recipients. There is a high demand for the food our volunteers rescue: in addition to our homeless population, nearly 1 in 10 households is experiencing some level of food insecurity in our State. More and more people are relying on surplus prepared food donation to make ends meet.

Anyone can volunteer: whether you’re 9 or 99, travel by 4 wheels, 2 wheels or 2 feet, you can volunteer! For kind kids under 16, an adult must be present, making this a gratifying family effort. An average Volunteer Opportunity rescues 50 pounds of food, feeds 40 people ...and takes about 30-60 minutes!

Food donation is ethical, legal and safe thanks to the  the Emerson Act, a 1996 Federal Law which protects all food donors from both civil and criminal liability.  We only accept food from restaurants, businesses or non-profits who have followed ServSafe® guidelines to ensure that the food has been properly handled. This includes: eating establishments, hotels, caterers and venues, as well as catered business lunches and meetings. RLC will provide easy tips on how to keep the food fresh so that it’s eligible for donation.

Current local participants include: The Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel, Dig Inn, Pret A Manger, Granite Links Golf Club, Wolfgang Puck Catering at Museum of Science and Lombardo's. Each of these reputable businesses are paving the way towards positive social and environmental change in Massachusetts, and we are proud to call them our partners. Our food recipients include: Rosie's Place, Boston Rescue Mission, St. Francis House, Huntington YMCA, New England Center for Homeless Veterans and more.

You may learn more here and by viewing recent local interviews with Boston Network News and Wareham Community TV.  For more information, please email Dana Siles, RLC New England Coordinator: 


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