Schenectady welcomed a new program this past spring that will help fight hunger in the area. Rescuing Leftover Cuisine is a nonprofit organization that was first established in New York City, but has since expanded to the Capital Region, and has hopes to take a huge bite out of local hunger.
The goal of Rescuing Leftover Cuisine is simple: provide nutritious, delicious food to individuals in need. The nonprofit organizes volunteers who gather leftover food from restaurants and deliver the meals to the Schenectady City Mission. When the volunteers transport the food to the organization, they collect a receipt and upload it to the RLC website to prove they completed the job.
While RLC has only been in the Capital Region for a few months, many restaurants have started to participate. Mohawk Common’s Panera Bread was the first dining establishment to join.
Rescuing Leftover Cuisine founder, Robert Lee, stated to Your Niskayuna, that while the concept sounds simple, the organization has come across many difficulties. “There are actually many roadblocks. The major roadblock every nonprofit faces is the limited resources we all have. It’s age old.”
Lee continued by stating that the toughest part of expanding RLC is recruiting enough volunteers. It is a necessity to gather more people from the area to take part in weekly deliveries before he starts to recruit business partners.
If you’re in the Schenectady area and have some free time to spare, why not volunteer for RLC and take part in a great cause?