About RLC

Working to feed people, not landfills.

Rescuing Leftover Cuisine is a national 501(c)3 nonprofit food rescue organization, operating across the United States and headquartered in New York City, that redistributes excess food to people experiencing food insecurity.

Our Supporters

Our Story

As someone who experienced food insecurity as a child, Robert Lee was very familiar with the wasted food and hunger issues facing our society. That is what led him to launch Rescuing Leftover Cuisine (RLC), a nonprofit organization that targets both the prevention of wasted food and putting an end to hunger, in New York City in the summer of 2013. He left his full time job at J.P. Morgan in 2014 to run RLC full-time, using seed money he and co-founder Louisa Chen won at a venture competition during their senior year at NYU, as well as corporate donations from his former employer. In the ten years since, RLC has expanded to nine regions and rescued over 13 million pounds of excess food.

Our Team

Robert Lee
Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Jessica Ng
Chief Operating Officer
Catherine Smiley
Chief Technology Officer
Jonathan Williams
Development Director
Andrew Creamer
Marketing Director
Justin Robles
Program Director
Luke Petronella
Photographer/Videographer & Brand Ambassador
Shilpi Tandon
HR Manager
Bret Carr
Development Manager
Zack Rickert
Partnerships Associate
Lila Stocking
Partnerships Associate
Hailey Gilmore
Operations Manager
Emma Rosche-Ritchie
Operations Manager
Ashish Contractor
Managing Director
Moelis & Company
Jill Greenwald
Program Manager
Astia Angels
Louisa Chen
Co-Founder & Board Emeritus
Christine Cioffe
Senior Advisor
C-Square Management Consulting, LLC
Jeffrey Coniaris
Senior Vice President Tax Planning Counsel
PepsiCo, Inc.
Herman Cukier
Executive Chairman, President, and CEO
Enalare Therapeutics Inc
Emily Fong Mitchell
General Manager for Personal Care North America
Carrie Goldin
President and Founder
RB4 Consulting, LLC
Nancy Han
Media Executive/Adviser
Han Wapner Media, LLC
Katrina Klier
Senior Managing Partner
Sage Strategy Group
Courtney Ozer
Chief People & Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary
Seema Pandya
Senior Finance Director, Americas Ads + Global Clients/Media Incentives
Maria Schneider
Executive Vice President
Rabin Martin
Ines Sheppard
Managing Director
Barbara Spitzer
Two Rivers Partners, LLC
Paul Sun
Co-Founder & Board Emeritus
Ashi Varia
Founding Partner
P2 Capital Partners
Zach West
Private Equity Principal
J. Safra Group
Chris Kuo
Impact Council Chair
Faisal Choudhury
Impact Council Co-Chair
Principal, Glenfarne Group
Erik Dahlquist
Private Wealth Manager
Greg Deligdisch
Impact Council Member
Reetika Purohit
Impact Council Member
Travis Ricca
Project Manager
Lehrer Cumming
Jeremy Ruch
Impact Council Member
Abhishek Sheshadri
Impact Council Member
Madison Toft
Senior Legal Project Manager
Perkins Coie
Charlie Wu
Impact Council Member
Mary Marshall Anderson
Associate Board Vice Chair
J.P. Morgan
Amanda Chan
Associate Board Vice Chair
Megan Melbourne
Associate Board Vice Chair
Bloomberg LP
Jonathan Ni
Associate Board Vice Chair
Oliver Stahlmann
Associate Board Co-Chair
Data Analytics
Mark Wilson
Associate Board Co-Chair
Supply Chain Consultant
Ameyo Attila
MBA Candidate
MIT Sloan
Julia Berger
Benjamin Best
JP Morgan
Maya Dennis
Managing Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Growing Up Green
Garrett Erickson
Sustainable Investing Associate
Troy Jiang
American Securities
Emily Ma
American Securities
Dara Morano
Vice President, Business Development
Gerson Lehrman Group
Jessica Nicholas
General Atlantic
Roshni Panchal
Associate Director, Innovation & Product Strategy
Roland Foods
Emily Patrick
Investment Banking Associate
Centerview Partners
Luke Reilly
General Atlantic
Bryan Salvadore
Sr Regulatory Compliance Manager
Cover Whale Solutions Inc.
Weilin (Winnie) Tang
Investment Banking Associate
Deutsche Bank
Kevin Tian
Court Square Capital Partners
Tyler Williams
ETF Product Development Associate
JP Morgan
Matthew Wilner
J.P. Morgan Chase
Yonatan Zemlyak
Senior Revenue Manager
Life House
Kristan Newman
Atlanta, GA
Nicole Travis-Shields
Columbus, OH
Terrence Brooks
Columbus, OH
Ken Masterson
Dallas, TX

Our Commitment to Transparency

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I volunteer with RLC?

There are a number of ways for you to volunteer with RLC depending on your location. Visit our volunteer page.

How old do you have to be to volunteer with RLC?

18+ to volunteer on your own. 16-17 to volunteer with parent/guardian consent. Any age with parent/guardian present.

Does RLC offer group volunteer opportunities?

We do. Reach out to your local branch to coordinate a group rescue.

How can I donate food to RLC?

We only accept food that has been prepared by a regulated or licensed food business. If you meet that criteria, you can sign up to become a food donor using this form.

What kind of food donations do you accept?

Please review our Food Guidelines to get a comprehensive overview of what we accept.

Where do the food donations go?

All of our food donations go to 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations that serve those experiencing food insecurity.

Are donations tax deductible?

Yes! Our donors receive monthly reports with donation amounts for their taxes.

Can I receive food from RLC?

We do not provide food to individuals, only 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations. If you are in need of food, please consult this list of resources in our active branch markets.

How can my 501(c)3 nonprofit organization receive food?

You can sign up to become a nonprofit partner here.

Are monetary donations tax deductible?

Yes! As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, all donations are tax deductible.

How can I support RLC’s work?

Take a look at the many ways you can support our work.

Where does my donation go?

All donations directly support our food rescue mission. View our audited financial statements to learn more about how we use our donations.

Contact Us

Do you have questions not answered on our website? Media request? Reach out to us!