"In developing the nonprofit, [ExtraFood.org Founder Marv] Zauderer sought advice from Paul Ash, the Executive Director of the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank. Ash said what Zauderer has done is create an opportunity to pick up and deliver edibles the Food Bank simply doesn't have the resources to handle. 'It's a great complement to a food bank in any location to have a group that picks up things that aren't cost-effective for us to pick up,' Ash said. 'When somebody calls us and says they have some oranges, we ask where to send the tractor-trailer.'"
Our mission is to help end hunger and food waste in Marin County.
How often have you seen good, fresh food go to waste -- at your company, at a favorite restaurant or grocery store, at social events? Millions of pounds of food waste fill Marin County's landfills each year, and yet more than 30,000 residents of Marin don't have a secure food supply.
We do this by picking up donations of excess fresh food from Marin organizations and delivering the food immediately to nonprofit programs that serve Marin's most vulnerable residents. Our focus: the millions of meals missed every year by those residents, and all the components of those meals -- especially proteins -- needed for a healthy answer to hunger.
Does your organization ever have extra food that would ordinarily go to waste? Prepared food? Fruits and vegetables? Dairy, eggs or meats? Packaged goods? Or are you in an organization that might like to receive food donations? Perhaps you're interested in being a volunteer food runner?
Organizations that donate extra food -- such as caterers, grocery stores, schools, farmers markets, congregations, and restaurants -- reduce waste, save on disposal fees, receive a tax deduction, and are protected from liability by federal and state laws. Our community's nonprofit agencies receive high-quality food donations matched with their programs' needs. And, our volunteers make connections with our partners and make a difference by delivering food. It's a collaborative team of dedicated people connected across many organizations in our community. It's food recovery with "the human touch." Modeled on a 27-year-old organization in San Francisco, Food Runners -- which now rescues 15 tons of food each week -- ExtraFood.org delivers a free, convenient, customized service to help end hunger and reduce waste in Marin County. Our goal, in partnership with many:
Zero Hunger, Zero Waste in Marin by 2025.
If you're interested in more information, please take a look at the brief video below, and click on the tabs on the left of this page. We look forward to hearing from you.
-- The ExtraFood.org Team