Compassionate. Humanitarian. Generous. Great son. Inspirational. Hero.
Robert Lee is a Real Great American hero. He left a 6 figure job with J.P. Morgan on Wall Street to focus on feeding the homeless and hungry.
A son of Korean immigrant parents who were struggling to make ends meet, Robert Lee did what a good son does-he went to work to help his family out.
Robert knew first hand what it’s like to worry about where the next meal is coming from. He also knew that there was an appalling amount of food being wasted while people were going hungry. His Korean background hammered home a message that compelled him to take action.
“When I was growing up, there were these two Korean myths,” Lee told The Huffington post. “One of them is that if you throw out food scraps or whatever leftovers you have, then your family’s future generations will starve that same amount. The other is that if you throw out food, then in your afterlife, you have to eat all the food you ever wasted as a form of punishment.”
After graduating from NYU Robert landed a lucrative position with J.P. Morgan. But his true calling was outside of Wall Street. He founded the nonprofit “Rescuing Leftover Cuisine” which he actually started while attending the University.
By partnering with restaurants and volunteers, Robert Lee found creative solutions to eliminate wasted food. His organization has so far saved close to 2 million pounds of food from restaurants and donors and has served close to one and a half million meals. He recognizes that it isn’t just the homeless who are hungry. His stats show that 1 in 7 Americans suffer from “food insecurity.”
It is truly amazing what one person can do.
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