WhenToManage Launches non-profit focused on ending food-insecurity through food rescue
In response to the rising number of Americans currently struggling to afford adequate food supplies, WhenToManage Restaurant Solutions, a restaurant software provider, recently founded Community Plates Inc., a nonprofit organization committed to ending American food-insecurity through food rescue.
The Community Plates food-rescue platform launched in Norwalk in January 2011 and is now regularly transferring surplus foods from restaurants, grocers and other food-service organizations to local community organizations that serve the area's food-insecure population.
Norwalk is the launch site for Community Plates, which will be expanding to other parts of the United States as early as the fall of 2011. In coordination with WhenToManage, web and mobile apps are currently in production to help increase the safety, efficiency and productivity of Community Plates' donors and volunteers.
"As we interacted with our restaurant clients, we became aware of the tremendous opportunity that existed in transferring healthy foods that might have otherwise been thrown away to the places where that food was desperately needed," said New Canaanite Jeff Schacher, WhenToManage's founder and CEO. "Because of high unemployment numbers and rising food costs, according to recent USDA reports, more than 50 million Americans and 1 in 5 children under the age of 5 are now classified as food-insecure. Our impetus for starting Community Plates was the realization that food-insecurity in the United States is not a problem of insufficient resources, but rather a problem of logistics."
Community Plates is currently developing donor relationships with local and national restaurants, grocers and other food-service related organizations, with the goals of increasing their partner soup-kitchens and food-pantries serving capacity and reducing the amount of money currently committed to their food budgets.
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"There are already great organizations in our communities serving the hungry people we are focused on helping," said Kevin Mullins, executive director at Community Plates. "Our goal then is to rescue enough food so they can serve everyone in need and in the process free up the money they would have been spending on food so that it can be re-appropriated to other needs, such as job training and housing services."
WhenToManage Restaurant Solutions is a leading provider of back-office software for the restaurant industry. WhenToManage offers scalable solutions that simplify point-of-sale reporting, inventory management, and employee scheduling, with an emphasis on connecting the people and the data in an organization. WhenToManage helps operators by giving them real-time online reporting, monitoring, and alerts of their sales and labor data from their POS. For more information, visit www.WhenToManage.com.
Community Plates Inc., headquartered in Norwalk, is a national-nonprofit focused on ending American food-insecurity through food-rescue. Food-insecurity, the type of hunger most typical in the U.S., is the inability to provide adequate amounts of food for oneself or one's family. Food rescue is accomplished through a platform comprised of passionate, generous donors and volunteers and the best technology available to maximize and simplify their efforts.
Community Plates' initial launch-site is in Norwalk with plans for expansion to other U.S. cities in the fall of 2011. For more information, visit www.communityplates.org.