RLC Los Angeles, CA

Rescuing Leftover Cuisine of Los Angeles (RLCLA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit food rescue organization that aims to make hunger a thing of the past by being the critical link between excess food and the people who need it most. RLCLA partners with restaurants, food manufacturing facilities, and other food-producing entities to divert surplus food to local nonprofit recipient partners. These partnerships, along with the dedicated volunteer Rescuers from Los Angeles, are critical to achieving our mission of feeding underfed people instead of overstuffed landfills.

Branch Founded: 2023


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Nearly 1 in 4 households in Los Angeles, CA are experiencing food insecurity

Los Angeles is tied with New York City for the highest population of food-insecure residents in the United States.

Rates of food insecurity increased by 41% between 2021 and 2022.

Los Angeles County generates 4,000 tons of wasted food PER DAY.


RLCLA bridges the gap between food excess and insecurity

RLC fills the gap between food wastage and food insecurity by servicing restaurants that want to donate food but may have relatively small donations to offer. RLC has no minimum requirement.

RLC fills this gap by using an innovative and efficient method of crowdsourcing the transportation to the public through a web-only application coded on Ruby on Rails. which allows for a flatter organization that can coordinate the activities of over 1,000+ Rescuers.

This efficient method allows for RLC’s cost-per-pound efficiency to be industry leading at a 10-cent-per-pound average versus the 24-cent-per-pound average across other food rescue organizations.

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Want to be a food   rescuer?

reduce hunger & wasted food

protect the environment

rescue solo or as a team

Are you a non-profit that needs food?

receive free & healthy food

tailored for your needs

save time & resources

Support Our Mission

RLC is dependent on our partners, our volunteers, and our donors to make our mission possible. We invite anyone to join us as a Rescuer, a food donor partner, a nonprofit recipient partner, or a donor. We hope you will consider supporting our efforts by making a one-time, sporadic, or recurring contribution.


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