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Rescuing Leftover Cuisine is a national 501(c)3 non-profit food rescue organization, operating in 16 cities and headquartered in New York City, that provides solutions to prevent excess wholesome cuisine from being wasted. RLC provides services such as food waste consulting, excess food delivery, co-branding services, and tax credit assistance.

RLC approaches the two large issues of hunger and food waste in three main ways.

  • First, we localize the issues into sets of communities that can help sustain themselves. We crowdsource the solution of the transportation to the members of the public in these communities as volunteers. After identifying the homeless shelters of a needy community, we proactively find restaurants, hotels, and catering companies with excess food in that vicinity that could help support these disadvantaged communities.
  • Second, we leverage technology to facilitate the identification and handling of excess food. Thus, partner food providers report when excess food is occurring and a web application is used to engage community members, because volunteering with us can be as easy as taking a brisk walk.
  • Third, we tackle food waste at its root, aiming to eliminate as much food waste as possible and bringing the remaining excess food to where it is needed most. The data of when food waste occurs is used in our analysis of what types of food waste could be avoided, and RLC suggests ways that partner food providers can reduce waste at its root.

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Meet Robert


As a child of Korean immigrant parents who once struggled to provide food security to family, Robert understood what it’s like to be hungry as a young child. Robert's father was a civil engineer in Korea, and after their move to the U.S. started working in supermarket management. His mother become a homemaker due to the language barrier and limited job opportunities for immigrants. The couple placed a high value on their two sons' educations, at times struggling to keep enough food on the table for the family of four and refusing to let what they brought home go to waste.

Robert learned the importance of food waste prevention early in his life. Experiencing hunger firsthand, Robert knew that he wanted to prevent his family from facing that struggle again. Lee first worked at a hedge fund during his junior and senior years of high school. Because he enjoyed the experience, he decided to enroll at New York University's Stern School of Business for his undergraduate degree.

Upon graduation, Robert accepted a job offer from J.P. Morgan, while working part-time on launching RLC. Armed with lessons learned at his employer, Robert launched Rescuing Leftover Cuisine, a nonprofit organization that targets both the prevention of quality food waste and putting an end to hunger, in New York City in the summer of 2013. He left 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 senior year at NYU, as well as corporate donations from his former employer.

Our Team

Louisa Chen
Co-Founder & Board Emeritus
Robert Lee
Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Paul Sun
Co-Founder & Chief Financial Officer
Margarita Simon
Community Outreach Director
Catherine Smiley
Partner Outreach Director
Le Phan
HR and Development Director
Amanda Bryant
Office Manager
Ed Casabian
Senior Marketing Manager
Ashish Contractor
Moelis & Company
Managing Director
Aditi Davray
Naav Advisors
Soraya Depowski
Goldman Sachs
Vice President
Giorgia Favaretto
Thomson Reuters
Sr. Director of Product Marketing
Robert S. Frenchman
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Kevin Garvey
Time Warner Inc.
Senior Cyber Security Analyst
Carrie Goldin
RB4 Consulting, LLC
President and Founder
Sunit Shah
Pine River Capital Management
Jon Spiegel, CFA
Deutsche Bank
Erica Toth
Managing Director
Andy Kaplan
Port Authority of NY & NJ
Assistant Manager
Steve Regen
Penultimate Hospitality Group
Paula Hancock
Bain & Company, Inc.
Associate Consultant
Katherine Wang
Bain & Company
Associate Consultant
Elonia McHenry
Bain & Company
Senior Associate Consultant
Evan Katz
Crawford Ventures, Inc.
Managing Director
Welles Borie
YLB Chair
Amanda Chan
YLB Member
Tina Cheng
YLB Member
Jason Cheung
YLB Member
Michael Chung
YLB Member
Thomas Chung
YLB Member
Chris Dale
YLB Member
Eddy Fong
YLB Member
Jamie Foti
YLB Member
Kevin Flyangolts
YLB Member
Remi Gendron
YLB Member
Kavita Kamdar
YLB Member
Enrique Marquez
YLB Member
Vikram Menon
YLB Member
Jonathan Ng
YLB Member
Ronald Tu
YLB Member
Stanzi Wicht
YLB Member
Mary Yao
YLB Member
Minji Cha
YLB Member
Eric Flaxman
YLB Member
Steve Choi
YLB Member
Abhinav Shrestha
Volunteer Developer
Artem Shavadskiy
Volunteer Developer
Clayton Albachten
Volunteer Developer
Runbai Ma
Volunteer Developer
Ming Zhang
Volunteer Developer
Evan Hawk
Volunteer Developer

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