We recently discovered a fantastic non-profit serving up sustainable goodness in the Boston area. Rescuing Leftover Cuisine (RLC) is a 501(c)3 that rescues surplus foods from businesses and delivers them to local soup kitchens and shelters. To date, RLC operates in 16 cities across the US and according to the RLC’s website, “In the United States alone, 40 percent of food gets tossed every year—and that amounts to $162 billion in waste annually, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council This can serve 58,064,516,129 meals using the national average amount spent on a meal, $2.79.” Rescuing this surplus food not only feeds those in need, it robs landfills of perfectly good meals!
RLC Impact In Massachusetts:
In 2017, over 40,000 pounds of rescued food accounted for over 30,000 meals for those in need throughout Massachusetts, thanks to the collaboration of their food donors, volunteers, and recipients.
Rescuing Leftover Cuisine is hosting a Celebration in Boston on Wednesday, April 4th, between 5:30-8pm. This event will serve as an opportunity for the RLCMA team to meet and thank their generous volunteers, food donors, recipients, and supporters. To be added to the invite list, please click here - we hope to see you there!
Need For Volunteers:
RLC can’t do it alone, they need volunteers to pick up rescued foods (either on foot or by car) and deliver them to their partner organizations. Regular Pickups take place every day from restaurants and businesses in Boston such as Dig Inn, Pret A Manger, Nanigans, thoughtbot, Datadog and more. Emergency Pickups include requests from The Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel, Lombardo's, Granite Links Golf Club, Anti-Defamation League and more.
An average volunteer opportunity takes no more than one hour of your time but it rescues 50 pounds of food and feeds 40 people! Daily volunteer events can be viewed on the RLC Calendar and helpful information can be viewed here.
If you are interested in volunteering or want to learn more, reach out to their New England Coordinator, Dana Siles.
This post was written in collaboration with Amanda Shea and Dana Siles.