& Hunger in the US

COVID-19 has had a devastating effect on billions of people across the world and food insecurity within the United States is at an all-time high. Feeding America estimates that food insecurity within the US has increased by approximately 17 million people, making for a painful total of 54 million people who struggle with food insecurity. Our branches across the country are continuing to rescue excess food and deliver it to our partner agencies to help meet this increased need, but the problem is growing every day. We need your help now more than ever.

RLC's Response

Despite the limitations and disastrous impact of COVID-19, we at Rescuing Leftover Cuisine have been working harder than ever to overcome new challenges and ensure our community remains strong and diligent in the fight against food waste and food insecurity. Here are a few ways in which we have adapted to help our communities:

  • With the generous help of Grubhub, we have been able to sponsor 1224 meals a week from local restaurants for our NYC and Massachusetts branches.
  • In addition to relying on the incredible support of our volunteer base, we have increased the number of paid deliveries in select cities where possible.
  • We are diligently seeking and pursuing partnerships and sponsorships to limit the negative impact of COVID-19, such as raising money in order to partner with local restaurants who can provide meals to people in need.
  • We are accepting more one-time pickups than ever and plan on increasing the quantity of these pickups in an effort to rescue as much food as possible.

Services we offer Food Donors/Food Recipients in light of COVID-19

  • Contactless pick-ups and deliveries
  • A temporary pause on Rescues if any exposure to COVID-19 has been reported and resuming when comfortable

I have been exposed to

If you have recently participated in a rescue and have either tested positive or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please notify your Branch Manager immediately, or email

Rescue Do’s & Don'ts During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Please DO

  • Bring a face covering to all rescues.
  • Clean and wash your hands before, during, and after volunteering for a minimum of 20 seconds.
  • Avoid physical contact with others and maintain a social distance of 6 feet.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with your elbow or tissue.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

DO NOT attempt to volunteer if you

  • Have experienced symptoms that could be related to COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
  • Been around anyone who has COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
  • Traveled to any area with a high-volume of positivity rates in or out of the US in the last 14 days.
  • Been on a cruise or been in an airport in the last 14 days.
  • Been to an event where more than 10 people inside or 20 outside were in attendance in the last 14 days.
  • DO NOT consider volunteering if you live with or are in frequent contact with people in the high risk categories for the virus.
  • DO NOT take part if you are uncomfortable with the level of risk.