Eagle Hill School Partners with Food Rescue US Fairfield County

Eagle Hill School announces its partnership with Food Rescue US – Fairfield County. Tom Cone, Assistant Head of School at Eagle Hill, established this partnership to reduce the school’s food waste by providing unopened food items to New Covenant Center in Stamford.

Danielle Blaine from Food Rescue US, Assistant Head of School Tom Cone, and John Gutman from New Covenant Center. Contributed photo

Since returning to campus for the 2020-2021 school year, Eagle Hill has implemented individually packaged lunches for the health and safety of the students and staff. In an effort to reduce food waste on campus, Assistant Head of School Tom Cone worked to deliver as many unopened lunches, snacks, and sides to those in need as possible.

Cone, along with other members of Eagle Hill faculty, drove lunches to various organizations in the area.

To further these efforts, Eagle Hill has partnered with Food Rescue US. The organization has 200 registered food rescuers in Greenwich, who will assist in delivering meals to the New Covenant Center in Stamford. Danielle Blaine, Site Director for Food Rescue US -Fairfield County stated, “We are thrilled to have our first Greenwich school donating their excess food to our food insecure neighbors. School meals are the perfect donation because they offer a range of nutrition from protein to fresh vegetables and fruit which is hard to come by.”

Recently Mr. Cone addressed the staff and students to announce this new endeavor and explained the difference they will make in the lives of others and for the betterment of the environment.

“Eagle Hill is a school that for a long time has been dedicated to community service. This partnership will further the Eagle Hill School mission of supporting those in need in our community, ” Cone said.

Food Rescue US – Fairfield County works with over 19 schools and Universities in Fairfield County and over 170 food donors.

“Especially during a pandemic and with increasing climate change it is a win-win to donate excess food for those who do not know where their next meal will come from, and to keep this excess food out of landfills where it is causing harm to the planet,” Ms Blaine added.

“The ongoing need to feed the hungry, homeless and other disadvantaged people is not going away,” said John Gutman, New Covenant Center’s Executive Director.“Our young people—the next generation—have started to volunteer and to help those most in need find a better path to a better life.”

Founded in 1975, Eagle Hill Schoolis an independent, co-educational day and five-day boarding school for students ages 5-15 with language-based learning differences, including dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, executive functioning disorder, auditory processing disorder, and ADHD.The goal of Eagle Hill is to provide intensive, short-term remedial instruction to children with learning differences and return them to the educational mainstream. While a student attends Eagle Hill, their learning experience is completely personalized. Each child is carefully evaluated and, based on the specific nature of his or her learning difference, a customized educational program is developed. This individualized, skills-based program is taught by a highly credentialed faculty, uses personalized learning strategies, and is grounded in the latest research in educating students who learn differently.

For more information, please visit eaglehillschool.org.

Food Rescue US, a national nonprofit organization, is a leader in reducing both hunger and food waste in America by connecting the vast amount of healthy, fresh surplus food with the critical hunger demand. Through the use of its proprietary web-basedapp, Food Rescue US engages volunteers to transfer excess fresh food from grocers, restaurants, and other sources to social service agencies that feed individuals and families who are food insecure. By providing food that would otherwise be wasted and delivering it to the food insecure, Food Rescue US is keeping this wasted food from ending up in landfills where it decomposes, creating methane gas that warms the planet. Since 2011, Food Rescue US has helped launch food recovery communities in 39 locations across the country,providing 77+ million meals and keeping 100+ million pounds of food out of landfills.

For more information and to sign up as a volunteer or food donor visit www.foodrescue.us or email [email protected]

New Covenant Center, a program of Catholic Charities of Fairfield County, has been serving the hungry, homeless and disadvantaged in Stamford, Greenwich, New Canaan and Darien for 43 years.Before the Pandemic, we were providing an average of 175 lunches and dinners every day of the year; since the Pandemic began, we have averaged almost 400 meals served daily.Additionally, New Covenant provides monthly groceries to over 400 families and almost 1,000 different individuals.

Once the Pandemic is over and they are able to resume indoor dining and services, they will provide daily showers, immigration services and job skills programs.