'Community Plates' Expands Into Hartford


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The food is boxed up, waiting to travel from Point A to Point B. Beth Skudder is in the area, during her regular daily routine, ready to take a quick drive for Community Plates, a traditional yet modern non-profit, committed to battling hunger.

Hey, Moms....anyone looking for a part-time job for an organization committed to helping the community?

Community Plates, the subject of this Mommy Minute from December, is expanding into Hartford and is looking for a Site Director to organize food runs from restaurants to shelters to help feed the hungry.

From my column in the Courant:

Founder Jeff Schacher has a background in both restaurants and software. "He realized a unique opportunity to leverage technology to connect people to the opportunity to rescue —- that's the word we use — food that would've otherwise been thrown away," says Executive Director Kevin Mullins, explaining that volunteers use a newly launched app, called "GoRescue", to sign-up for "food runs" in their own cars, from restaurants, farmer's markets, grocery stores, caterers and bakeries to organizations that serve the hungry.  Community Plates operates in Columbus, Ohio, and Albuquerque, New Mexico, along with New Haven and Fairfield counties in Connecticut, where 29 receiving agencies, 37 food donors and 320 volunteers work together. "In the last three years, we have now rescued three million meals," says Mullins, a former church pastor whose eyes have been opened by his job. "In New Haven, for instance, that's about 127,000 people that are in need. About 37-thousand children are in this 'food insecure' category." The quick delivery allows for donations to include fresh fruits, vegetables and meats.

According to Community Plates, the organization has rescued:

*4.3 million meals nationally in three years

*3.44 million meals in Fairfield County in three years

*297,300 meals in Fairfield County in April 2014 alone

*7,900 meals in New Haven in April 2014

*72,000 meals in New Haven to date (launched in 2013)

The group is now hoping to make a big difference in Hartford.  Want to get involved?  Email Kevin Mullins: kevin@communityplates.org.

 

 


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