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Rescuing Leftover Cuisine

Every Monday, Frankie Chan and Liang Yang can be found walking on their own from Betty Pendler New York League Program C to arrive at Black Seed Bagel in the Lower East Side by 4pm. When they arrive, they exchange greetings with the servers who proceed to hand them bags of uneaten bagels that would otherwise have been thrown away. Next, they stop at Baz Bagel & Restaurant a couple blocks away to make their second pick up. Finally, they haul their cargo to The Bowery Mission, where they drop off the food to get weighed and distributed to the area’s homeless population. Frankie and Liang are volunteers for Rescuing Leftover Cuisine, an organization that brings uneaten food from restaurants to homeless shelters and soup kitchens around New York City.

Rescuing Leftover Cuisine Saves Leftovers To Feed The Homeless

Despite the fact that millions of people in the United States do not have the adequate financial resources to fulfill their basic dietary needs, 40 percent of our food is thrown out and wasted. That’s $162 billion trashed each year. Restaurants contribute to this statistic, as most of them just dispose of any excess food they cannot sell. Some groups taking action to change this, and one of them is the Rescuing Leftover Cuisine organization.

Rescuing Leftover Cuisine Looks to Solve Miami's Food Waste Problem

For the most part, Miami is a wasteful place. What goes into the garbage bins of South Beach restaurants in one night could probably feed the city's entire homeless population for a week. This problem hasn't gone unnoticed, however, and Rescuing Leftover Cuisine is setting up shop in the Magic City to help reduce, reuse and recycle.

Rescuing Leftover Cuisine Branches Out To Boston

Chris Wolfington and Lori Allen pull up to St. Francis House on Boylston Avenue. It’s just after 9 p.m. Chris’s black BMW is small but more than able to haul the two three-foot-by-four-foot tubs of leftover food to the doors of the homeless shelter. This is the first of two runs the couple will make tonight; they make these deliveries four or five times a week.