Food Recovery in Marin County: We pick up excess fresh food from businesses & organizations and immediately deliver it to nonprofits serving Marin’s most vulnerable children, adults, and families.

Watch: New Documentary on Hunger in Marin Available Online; Spotlights ExtraFood
March 08, 2016

​“Hungry in Paradise,” a new 18-minute documentary on hunger in Marin by Emmy award-winning filmmaker Paul Colardo, is available to view below. The film spotlights ExtraFood and several of our partners.

The press release announcing the film's availability follows below. 

 

 

New Documentary on Hunger in Marin County Available Free Online; Spotlights ExtraFood.org’s Work

March 9, 2016

Media Contacts:    Paul Colardo, (415) 246-7090, colardocreative@gmail.com

                                 Marv Zauderer, (415) 997-9830, Marv@ExtraFood.org

SAN RAFAEL, CA – The new documentary “Hungry in Paradise,” now available online, shows children, seniors, and families struggling with hunger in Marin – one of the U.S.’ wealthiest counties – and shows participants in ExtraFood.org’s county-wide food recovery program battling the problem.

More than 50,000 people do not have a secure food supply in Marin County, one of the country’s wealthiest counties. The new documentary “Hungry in Paradise,” created by Emmy award-winning producer Paul Colardo, gives voice to those facing hunger in Marin and highlights nonprofits, volunteers, and food donors who are battling it.

Says Colardo, “I’ve lived in Marin for over 30 years and had no idea how big the problem was. Once I started working on the film I realized that the problem of hunger in the county was largely hidden and I just didn’t see it.”

In the film, Colardo speaks with Marin residents facing hunger as well as people on the front lines working to help solve the problem. Colardo rides along with a volunteer from ExtraFood.org’s county-wide food recovery program as the volunteer picks up excess fresh food from a grocery store and immediately delivers it to a food program in West Marin. As a “food desert” – where residents lack sufficient access to healthy, fresh affordable food – West Marin is one of the focus areas for ExtraFood’s work.

Says Marv Zauderer, Founder and Chairman of ExtraFood.org, “In 27 months, we’ve picked up 485,000 pounds of food from 125+ organizations and delivered it to 67 nonprofit food program sites throughout the county. So many of the people we serve are indeed hidden: homebound seniors choosing between food and medication, children hiding their hunger when they come to school, working families whose income doesn’t last the month – or the week. We’re working with hundreds of people and organizations to keep extra food out of our landfills and get it to people who need it.”

The documentary is available on ExtraFood.org's site: www.ExtraFood.org

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About ExtraFood.org

ExtraFood’s mission is to help end hunger and waste in Marin County, where more than 50,000 people do not have a secure food supply. It operates the only food recovery program in Marin that picks up excess food from any Marin organization and immediately delivers it to any Marin nonprofit serving the county's most vulnerable children, adults, and families.

In two+ years, ExtraFood’s staff and 160 volunteers have delivered more than 485,000 pounds of food from 125+ donors to 67 nonprofit sites serving low-income residents across Marin. ExtraFood reaches more than 5,000 people per month with its deliveries.

Prepared food, fresh produce, dairy, eggs, meat, packaged goods, baked goods – ExtraFood listens to the food needs of Marin's nonprofits, and locates and delivers donations that match those needs.

Says Mary Kay Sweeney, Executive Director of Homeward Bound of Marin, about ExtraFood: “Thank you so much. This is so critically helpful! Your impressively organized and mission-driven system is key to the wellbeing of all people in the community who struggle with food security.”

ExtraFood’s 125+ food donor partners include such organizations as Whole Foods, Nugget Markets, Marin General Hospital, the Agricultural Institute of Marin's Civic Center farmers' markets, The Cheesecake Factory, Insalata’s and the Novato Union School District.

ExtraFood’s 67 recipient partners include such organizations as Homeward Bound, Marin Community Clinics, St. Vincent de Paul Society, Marin City Community Services District, Huckleberry Youth Programs, Mercy Housing, Whistlestop and Rotary Manor.

How the Community Can Help

• Donate food: Commercial organizations in Marin can use their mobile device, web, email, or phone to offer excess fresh food, or make food for donation through ExtraFood’s Planned Giving program. 

• Donate money: every dollar helps ExtraFood get healthy, fresh food to those who need it.

• Volunteer: Being a "food runner" is one of a variety of opportunities available.

Visit www.ExtraFood.org for more information on any of these opportunities.

Supported in part by:

Marin Community Foundation County of Marin The San Francisco Foundation