Potential Partnership

Joined Jun 23, 2016
My name is Danny Cheng and I work at a 501(c)3 nonprofit called Rescuing Leftover Cuisine, Inc. As you may guess from our name, we pickup clean, leftover food and bring it to those who need it at nearby homeless shelters. 

We have been working with one-off events and event hosts to rescue food from galas, weddings, and other catered events for fees ranging from $200 to $500, and are looking to partner with caterers and venues to expand our operation. We would love to see if we can arrange a partnership to pitch our services to your clients and determine if they would be interested in having leftover food from their events picked up for similar fees. 

You can learn more about us at www.rescuingleftovercuisine.org. If you have any questions please feel free to email me at [email protected] and I'd be happy to provide more details. Please let me know if you would be open to working with us, and thank you very much.
Joined Feb 25, 2005
First, why would anyone pay to have food picked up and donated to homeless shelters when they can do it themselves?

Second, we used to donate leftovers ourselves but our health department no longer allows that. How do you address that?
Joined Oct 31, 2012
I'm with gina on both counts. Not to mention that if your a non profit, why wouldn't you provide the service for free and rely on donations to cover costs?  Charging for what you do means you're a business. But let's go with you being a charity for a moment. What percentage of your total income is devoted to the service you provide and what percentage is used for "administrative costs"? 
Joined Jun 23, 2016
To address Gina's first concern, our partners utilize our services because we have a network of food pantries, homeless shelters, and rescue missions that ensures the food we rescue has a place to go no matter the time or date. We work out all the logistics and cater to our partners' schedules, meaning that the only thing our partners have to worry about is satisfying their clients. In addition, we provide tax deductible receipts that entitle our partners to enhanced tax deductions. 

To address Gina's second concern, because the food is technically donated to us, our partners are given anonymity and the risk from the donated food is passed onto us. This is allowed because the Federal Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act, which protects organizations from liability when they donate to non-profit organizations, ensures our partners are protected in the case that the donated food causes harm to the recipients provided that the food is donated in good faith.  In addition, we execute Hold Harmless and Indemnity Agreements that protect, indemnify, defend, and hold harmless our partners and their respective employees and volunteers against all claims or damages.

To address chefwriter's concerns, we are indeed a nonprofit, and we do rely on donations to cover costs, but donations only allow us to expand so much. The revenues we earn picking up food from our partners' events go towards covering the costs of rescuing food from our partners' events, in addition bringing on more core rescuers, buying more carts, and expanding our outreach program. If you want more concrete numbers please feel free to email me and I'll get back to you as soon as I can.

I appreciate your comments, and if you have any further questions please reply or send me an email at [email protected].  Thanks!
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