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 eight years since, RLC has expanded to 8 regions and rescued over 7 million pounds of excess food.

Our Team

Robert Lee
Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Catherine Smiley
Chief Operating Officer
Rachel Bergstrand
Development and Corporate Engagement Director
Andrew Creamer
Marketing Director
Justin Robles
Operations Director
Dana Siles
Partnerships Director
Luke Petronella
Photographer/Videographer & Brand Ambassador
Christina Banick
Grants Writer
Shilpi Tandon
HR Manager
Bret Carr
Chicago Fundraising Manager
John McMicken
Atlanta Fundraising Manager
Manuel Jourdain
Business Sales Associate
Zack Rickert
Business Sales Associate
Lia Simeone
Director, Data Science
Capital One
Ashish Contractor
Managing Director
Moelis & Company
Alexander Atzberger
CEO, Episerver
Founder, Wonderbon
Louisa Chen
Co-Founder & Board Emeritus
Jeffrey Coniaris
Senior Vice President Tax Planning Counsel
PepsiCo, Inc.
Herman Cukier
Executive Chairman, President, and CEO
Enalare Therapeutics Inc
Lauren Davidson Sachs
Senior Vice President, Transwestern
Emily Fong Mitchell
General Manager for Personal Care North America
Colgate-Palmolive
Carrie Goldin
President and Founder
RB4 Consulting, LLC
Jill Greenwald
Program Manager
Astia Angels
Colin Kim
Managing Director
JP Morgan Chase
Courtney Ozer
Chief People & Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary
LIVEKINDLY Collective
Seema Pandya
Senior Finance Director, Americas Ads + Global Clients/Media Incentives
Google
Maria Schneider
Executive Vice President
Rabin Martin
Paul Sun
Co-Founder & Board Emeritus
Ashi Varia
Founding Partner
P2 Capital Partners
Chris Kuo
Impact Council Chair
Faisal Choudhury
Impact Council Co-Chair
Principal, Glenfarne Group
Erik Dahlquist
Private Wealth Manager
UBS
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
Amanda Chan
Associate Board Vice Chair
Up&Up
Corinne Clemente
Associate Board Vice Chair
Director of Business Operations
MSG Entertainment
Oliver Stahlmann
Associate Board Vice Chair
Data Analytics
WeWork
Mark Wilson
Associate Board Vice Chair
Supply Chain Consultant
Accenture
Benjamin Best
Associate
JP Morgan
Priyanka Desai
Analyst
Centerview Partners
Elvin Espinal
Technical Engineer
FIT Technologies
New Jersey Associate Board Member
Sophie Forstein
Digital Venture Banking Associate
Citibank
Udheesh Gaddipati
Principal Investor and Founder
Azath Capital LLC
Aditya Garg
Private Equity Associate
Centerbridge Partners
Conrad Harron
Real Estate Private Equity Analyst
Madison International Realty
Teddy Henderson
Senior Associate
GI Partners
Jonathan Lee
Strategy & BizOps Associate
Instacart
Emily Ma
Associate
Oliver Wyman
Shane Magrann
Investment Associate
CION Investments
Fred Maley
Senior Analyst
S&P Global
New Jersey Associate Board Member
Mary Marshall Anderson
Vice President
J.P. Morgan
Megan Melbourne
Associate General Counsel
Ardea Partners LP
Dara Morano
Vice President, Business Development
Gerson Lehrman Group
Gautam Narasimhan
Private Equity Associate
Advent International
Jonathan Ni
Senior Associate, New Verticals
DoorDash
Chandler Park
Private Equity Investment Professional
Eden Capital
Emily Patrick
Investment Banking Associate
Centerview Partners
Anna Rogers
Senior Digital Strategy Associate
Adobe
New Jersey Associate Board Member
Rishin Shah
Consultant
Sia Partners
Akshat Shekhar
Private Equity Associate
Clayton, Dubilier & Rice
Justin Wang
Associate
Davidson Kempner Capital Management
Anne Wetzel
Analyst
Haraka Capital
Hayley Williamson
Technical Project Manager
Bridgewater Associates
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!