Rescuing Leftover Cuisine: Food Based Community Organization Spotlight

by Alexina Cather, MPH

What they do: Rescuing Leftover Cuisine is a national 501(c)3 non-profit food rescue organization, operating in 12 cities and headquartered in New York City, that provides solutions to prevent excess wholesome cuisine from being wasted. RLC provides services such as food waste consulting, excess food delivery, co-branding services, and tax credit assistance.

How they do it: Rescuing Leftover Cuisine engages volunteers from the community to help rescue excess food from local food businesses that would otherwise be thrown away. We make it easy for volunteers sign up with our organization through our automated online calendar. Volunteers can sign up on our calendar for anytime that is most convenient for their schedule, either making it a recurring event or sporadic. There is no time commitment or orientation needed to sign up and volunteer with us. Rescuing Leftover Cuisine works mainly on volunteer efforts and is the reason we are able to rescue so much food from being thrown away.

Mission: We aim to become the world’s most widely used solution for companies and individuals to eliminate food waste in their communities, making food rescue sustainable and universal, and food hunger a thing of the past. Working together, we can ensure that only hunger is left behind!

Latest project/campaign: Expand to more cities and bring on more restaurant partners in New York City.

Major Funding: The promise society,, Google, NYU Community Fund, Amazon Smile, Sodexo stop hunger foundation, KIND Healthy Snacks

Profit/nonprofit: Nonprofit

Annual budget: N/A

Interesting fact about how they are working to positively affect the food system: They rescued 1 million pounds of food from 2013 through current date.



  • 25 Broadway, 12th floor
  • New York, NY, 10004

Core Programs:

Food waste consulting, excess food delivery, co-branding services, tax credit assistance

Number of staff: 3

Number of volunteers: 50

Areas served: Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and operates in several other states as well.

Date started: 2013

Director: Robert Lee

Contact information:

(646) 592-2229

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