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Norwalk's Community Plates Seeks Volunteers Across Fairfield County

Hillary Gibson and Kate Albrecht — Community Plates volunteers
Hillary Gibson and Kate Albrecht — Community Plates volunteers Photo Credit: Roy Fuchs

NORWALK, Conn. -- The Norwalk-based organization Community Plates is fighting food insecurity in America and is looking for volunteers to join the food rescue revolution. 

Launching its annual call for new volunteers, Community Plates is looking to add at least 50 new runners to its already strong group of more than 300 active Food Runners in the Fairfield County area by the end of March. 

Since beginning in 2011, Community Plates Fairfield County has rescued more than 8 million meals, saving 12 million pounds of food from going into landfill, at a value of more than $13 million. 

“Our volunteers are our most valuable resource, we literally wouldn’t be where we are without them," said Kate Albrecht, local site director. "We are grateful to b.good for recognizing the hard work that our rescuers do and for helping us connect with new volunteers in four different locations here in Connecticut. We are lucky to have local businesses that are committed to making their community a better place to live.” 

“If we could double our number of food runners this year, because of the economy of scale our platform provides, the impact for those in need would be far more than double. Anyone and everyone can be a part of this simple solution to ending local hunger," said Community Plates Executive Director Kevin Mullins.

More than 50 million Americans are food insecure and Community Plates is fighting this with the support of its volunteers. Volunteering for Community Plates is a convenient, effective and immediately gratifying way for individuals and food donors to support their community. Food Runners simply pick up food from a specific donor location and transport it directly to a designated local receiving agency all within 15 to 60 minutes.

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