Rescuing Leftover Cuisine is committed to serve the community and help those in need with the most basic necessity in life – food. We encourage all food providers to partner with us and work towards making the world a more sustainable and better place.

RLC uses a unique direct food rescue program that enhances flexibility and reduces delivery costs, allowing us to pick up food without any minimum weight requirements. It also minimizes carbon emissions from vehicles and transports food in the most environmentally-friendly way.

Our partners all share a similar vision – to eliminate food waste and reduce food insecurity in our community.

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40% of food produced in our country is sent to landfills every year. At the same time 1 in 5 New Yorkers is food insecure.


We provide fresh, wholesome food that would otherwise be thrown away to the kitchens of over 100 homeless shelters in NYC.



We only repurpose food that has been professionally handled and meet all the food safety criteria.


The Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act protects donors from civil and criminal liability when they donate food they reasonably believe to be wholesome.

101 partnering businesses & companies donate food on a daily basis without a problem.


We make sure pickup works around your schedule; arriving on-time at the end of an event to package and take leftover food off of your hands.

Receive a delivery report detailing how much of an impact you have made.

CONTACT: Catherine Smiley

(646) 592-2229

Food Business

The time and effort you spend on cooking great food shouldn't be sent to the trash at the end of the day just because it is leftover - especially when someone needs it more than the garbage can!

We want to help get your excess food to those who need it the most by sending our volunteers to pick it up directly from your location on a regular basis, at whatever time is most convenient for you.

All you need to do is package the food and let our volunteers in the door to pick it up! Reduce your food disposal costs, save money on enhanced tax deductions, and increase your positive brand association by donating your leftover food to RLC.

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When you cater lunch, meetings, or other events, consider donating leftover food to the hungry! You go through all the trouble of providing great lunch to your employees.

Instead of sending what is left over to the trash, we want to help you make sure this food goes to the people who need it.

It's easy - after you email us and sign up as a partner with us, you can submit a day-of request by 2:30 PM when you have leftover food during the week, and we'll send a rescuer directly to your office between 2-5 PM to pick it up and deliver it to a homeless shelter.

For a nominal fee, your company will make a huge impact by feeding food insecure individuals in your neighborhood.

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Do you have an event coming up? Make your event extra special by donating the excess food to the hungry!

We rescue food from:

  • Parties
  • Bar Mitzvahs
  • Sweet Sixteens
  • Corporate Events
  • Weddings

All the great food you go through the trouble of procuring for your guests at these events can have a second life with those who are hungry and in need.

We work closely with your catering company to make for a seamless pickup and donation.

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How to Partner With Us

Simply e-mail us today with the name of your organization, an estimate of the amount and type of food you have leftover and we can begin to talk about delivery logistics. We can work with irregular or ad hoc schedules and do not impose minimum weight requirements for pick up.

Benefits of Partnership

  • Potential Tax Savings – IRC Section 170(e)(3) encourages donations with enhanced tax deduction which can reduce the after-tax cost of surplus food by 59%!
  • Brand association – Our partners are associated with our non-profit mission. They may also choose to be marketed on our website and Facebook page, be proud sponsors of our special events and more!
  • Food Waste Management.
  • Waste management cost savings – Companies spend on average $15.89 per cubic yard of loose refuse. Restaurants and other food providers can save over $1,080 of average waste cost savings per year if it partners with us.

Protecting Our Partners

  • To encourage companies and organizations to donate food that would otherwise go to waste, on October 1, 1996, President Bill Clinton signed The Federal Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act which protects organizations from liability when they donate to non-profit organizations. The Act also protects them from civil and criminal liability should the product donated in good faith later cause harm to the recipient.
  • In addition, Rescuing Leftover Cuisine also executes Hold Harmless and Indemnity Agreements that protect, indemnify, defend and hold harmless our partners and their respective employees and volunteers against all claims or damages.

Our Partners