2 BILLION PEOPLE could be fed yearly with the amount of food America throws away each year – that is enough to end food hunger in the world. Be a part of the solution and join us and other rescuers to help deliver excess food to those who need it.
You can also help reduce food waste as an in-office intern!
Rescuers help bring food from our partners to a local homeless shelter. It takes less than an hour and you can set your own schedule , whether you want to help out daily, weekly, or sporadically
Our events at Rescuing Leftover Cuisine typically last 30 minutes (Some events are longer, some are shorter). On each event, we rescue an average of 50 pounds of food, which feeds about 40 people. It only takes 30 minutes to help feed over 40 people!
To sign up for events that work for your schedule, follow the below video to create an account and get started!
Become an Emergency Rescuer!
Can't make a weekly commitment but want to be notified of opportunities near you? Join as an Emergency Rescuer, and you can let us know when generally you'd be available and we will text you to alert you of opportunities near you as they come up!
What is a Lead Rescuer? A Lead Rescuer is a volunteer who leads others on food rescue events, takes attendance, and reports the number of pounds of food rescued. All of our food rescue events are led by one, and they ensure that the rescued food arrives at its destination safely. Lead Rescuers are trained and must attend an orientation session. They commit at least 1-2 hours a week for at least 3-4 months. Lead Rescuers also receive letters of participation on RLC's letterhead for proof of volunteering.
Core Rescuers lead 5 food rescue events per week for a minimum of 3 months. They receive unlimited monthly MetroCards throughout their volunteer time as well as a letter of participation on RLC's letterhead for proof of volunteering. If you are interested, please email email@example.com.
Rescuer associates lead 10 food rescue events per week. You will be paid $8 per event. If you are interested, please sign up to 2 trial events and email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know which events you signed up for!
RLC is seeking talented, entrepreneurial, and passionate young leaders with emotional intelligence and organizational skills needed to work in a quality-driven work environment for our Fall 2018 internships program. This is an unpaid internship for 20 hours per week (September-December) with compensation of unlimited monthly MetroCards. The opportunities include community outreach, partner outreach, human resources, fundraising, communications, graphic design, and development. Please send your resume and cover letter to email@example.com.
In a nutshell: You’ll pick up the food, take some pictures, bring it over to the designated shelter/soup kitchen, upload the pics to our site, and voilà! You’re done! Want more details? Read on!
Our volunteers are asked to pick up food and bring it directly to the non-profit food recipient (no stops in-between for food safety). For most pickups, being on foot or bicycle is fine. For others, a car is needed. You’ll know how much food is available to rescue by checking the calendar or logging into your account to view an Emergency Rescue.
We ask our volunteers to take a picture of the donation itself and upload it to our site by logging into your Volunteer Account. This is so we can keep track of our donations (these pictures basically serve as receipts for RLC).
To ensure food and allergy safety, animals may not be inside the vehicle transporting food UNLESS the food is in a different compartment of the car or truck and the animal does not come in contact in any way with the food.
Regularly Scheduled Food Donations: Sign up at your leisure via our calendar.
Emergency Food Donations: In addition to having the opportunity to volunteer for regular donations, you’ll receive a phone text notification whenever an emergency pickup is requested within 4 miles of the address you provide when signing up. Some of our Food Donors cannot predict when they’ll have leftover food, but when they do, they anxiously await a pickup. Depending on your availability, you can ignore the text, or you can click it, which prompts you to log into your account, and claim it. Emergency Rescues range between a 1-24 hour window of opportunity (so often you can claim without having to do "now").
Become a Lead Rescuer: a volunteer who leads a weekly rescue. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get started!
With the option to claim or ignore any notification, this is an ideal volunteer opportunity for those with just occasional pockets of availability. Volunteer once a week, once a month, once a year. No pressure. Just appreciation.