Claire Insalata Poulos is the Founder and a current member of the Board of Trustees for Table to Table: the first and only food rescue program in New Jersey, delivering fresh, healthy food, free of charge, every day to the hungry in Northern New Jersey.
For 19 years, Claire led this non-profit organization to become a model for food rescue across the nation. Table to Table is ranked as a 4-star organization by Charity Navigator and rated one of the most efficient charities in New Jersey. In starting Table to Table, Claire was assisted by NYC’s City Harvest, local chefs and volunteers and together they built this award winning organization to the success it enjoys today. This year alone, Table to Table is planning to deliver fresh food to provide 23 million nutritious, healthy meals to over 200 relief organizations in Northern New Jersey. Since its inception, Table to Table has delivered enough wholesome food for 163 million meals, at the remarkable cost of less than 10 cents/meal.
Claire’s robust business and marketing background has guided her throughout her leadership at Table to Table. She spent almost 20 years with IBM in various sales, marketing and management assignments and has applied their philosophy of the “pursuit of excellence” to all her endeavors.
Claire has received numerous awards and recognitions for her monumental work in feeding the hungry. Awards include: Inducted into the ICE Hall of Fame; Share our Strength’s Calphalon National Award of Excellence; Russ Berrie Making a Difference Award; Walsh Achievement Award; Recognition by the State of NJ Senate and the Assembly; Total Food Service, Top Women in Metro NY Foodservice and Hospitality, 2016 and 2017 among others. She has been featured on ABC, PBS, The Discovery Channel and in numerous articles in local publications.
Claire and her husband reside in Dana Point, California and Claire remains very active with Table to Table, traveling frequently back to New Jersey. In addition, Claire sits on the Advisory Board at Extra Food in Marin, CA.
Remarkably, several of the original committed volunteers and chefs still work together, helping to feed the community. They include Chefs Peter Kelly and Nicholas Gatti along with Tracy Nieporent, Dick Visceglia, Chuck Russo, Elyse Pressner and Eve Megerle.
Claire’s favorite mantra remains at the heart and soul of her legacy with Table to Table: Food is rescued, hungry people are fed, everyone is nourished.