Fairfield County Community Foundation awards grant to Community Plates

Community Plates, the CT based, national food rescue organization, has received a $15,000 grant from the Fairfield County Community Foundation to support the expansion of the organization’s food rescue program in Fairfield County.

Executive Director Kevin Mullins said, “We are grateful that Fairfield County’s Community Foundation is so focused on funding innovation and collaborative solutions, because ending hunger in Fairfield County is going to require both innovation and collaboration. One hundred percent of this grant Community Plates received from Fairfield County’s Community Foundation goes to funding this simple solution to ending hunger, right here in Fairfield County.”

Since 2011, in Fairfield County alone, Community Plates has rescued and delivered 6.3 million meals, saving 9.5 million pounds of food from landfill.  Conservatively, this has an estimated value of over $10.4 million.

Fairfield County’s Community Foundation promotes philanthropy as a means to create change in Fairfield County, focusing on innovative and collaborative solutions to critical issues impacting the community. Individuals, families, corporations and organizations can establish charitable funds or contribute to existing funds. The Community Foundation is in compliance with the Council on Foundations’ national standards, and has awarded over $185 million in grants to nonprofits in Fairfield County and beyond. For more information, visitwww.fccfoundation.org.

Founded in January 2011, Community Plates is committed to ending American food-insecurity through direct-transfer food rescue. Established as a 501(c)3 non-profit food-rescue platform, Community Plates is focused on transferring healthy, usable foods to where it can help feed those in need. This volunteer-driven, technology fueled process coordinates with restaurants, grocers, bakeries, caterers and other food-service organizations who have foods destined to be thrown away and delivers the food to soup-kitchens, food-pantries and other hunger relief organizations who serve food-insecure individuals and families.

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