Gillette Stadium and the Kraft Family have announced a partnership with the New England Chapter of The National Association of Catering Executives Feeding Our Neighbors Initiative to donate unused food from Gillette Stadium events to those in need.
NENACE’s Feeding Our Neighbors Initiative is a community service mission intended to educate event professionals about the level of food insecurity in New England, the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act, and provide a safe and reliable avenue to donate surplus event food to local food banks.
“Many event professionals have decried the habitual dumping of wonderful, extra event food when so many neighbors are hungry,” said NENACE community service chair Dana Siles. “We have worked vigilantly to set up a network of food rescue operations throughout New England to partner with venues like Gillette Stadium to facilitate regular food donations to our neighbors in need.”
Through the Feeding Our Neighbors program, Gillette Stadium has already donated over 350 sandwiches, 400 chicken breasts, 200 lbs of tortellini, 100 lbs of green beans, 50 lbs of mashed potatoes, 60 lbs of potato salad and eight cases of mesclun greens to Crossroads, a shelter and food kitchen in Rhode Island, as well as approximately 40 pans of beef, poultry, pasta, and vegetables to Amos House in Rhode Island.
“The Kraft family jumped at the chance to partner with Feeding Our Neighbors,” said Gillette Stadium’s executive chef Brad Ozerdem. “With hundreds of events at Gillette Stadium annually, this is a great way to donate our fresh but unused event food to people who can truly make use of it.”
In partnership with NENACE’s Feeding Our Neighbors Initiative, Gillette Stadium will continue to donate extra unused food to Crossroads, Amos House and other local food collection centers.