Patagonia Provisions offers delicious, healthy food and also works to drive positive change in our food system. Last month they ran a special offer at Good Earth Natural Foods’ two stores, providing a matching donation to ExtraFood for each purchase of one of their terrific soups. This week a box with hundreds of soups arrived on our doorstep! It makes our day when we see the smiles on the faces of our partners at such organizations as SparkPoint Marin and Lifehouse Agency as we deliver the food. We are so grateful to Patagonia Provisions for this generous donation.
April 23, 2017
Located at 471 Magnolia Avenue in Larkspur, Donut Alley is a fixture in Marin County. Steve Pring bought Donut Alley in 2008 bringing a family business and tradition from Berkeley. A friendly atmosphere, good donuts, the aroma of fresh brewed organic roasted coffee that “dabbles in the unexpected”, and a sense of pride for the neighborhood is only a part of what makes Donut Alley such a wonderful addition to our ExtraFood family of donors. Their delicious donuts are a favorite of St. Vincent de Paul Society and People’s Inter-Cities Fellowship. One trip to their location and it is easy to understand why their baked-from-scratch delights are such a desired treat. ExtraFood is thrilled to assist in bringing such sweetness to brighten so many lives.
April 16, 2017
Sutter Health Novato Community Hospital
NCH is a community-based hospital providing 24-Hour Emergency, General Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery including Joint Replacement Surgery, Critical Care and Laboratory Services. They donate terrific prepared food, which enables us to give more vulnerable residents of our county more access to healthy meals. For example, Kelly, the resident manager at our recipient partner Mackey Terrace (an EAH Housing facility), says, “These prepared food donations create a sense of community for our residents as they share stories while eating this great food together.”
April 09, 2017
Safeway Community Markets
Safeway Community Markets in San Anselmo, formerly Andronicos, is a welcome addition to our community of food donors. Safeway consistently provides communities with great food. Few realize how much they support Marin County in making sure that the same quality food we see in the store finds it way to those that need it the most. We deliver their dairy products, deli items, produce and groceries to our partners, who make sure this food finds it way to the homes of families young and old, singles, and seniors. We are so thankful to Safeway Community Markets for supporting our community.
April 02, 2017
Le Comptoir is a French bistro with a modern feel in downtown San Rafael, featuring classic yet casual bistro food. They joined our county-wide food recovery program last week and we’re delighted to welcome them to our program!
March 26, 2017
Costco is a big donor with a big heart! Lafo and his co-workers have already donated more than 4 tons of produce, dairy, packaged goods, and baked goods to ExtraFood, which we’ve delivered to such locations as St. Vincent De Paul Society of Marin County, Pilgrim Park Apartments, Catholic Charities Canal Family Support, and College of Marin.
March 19, 2017
Fairfax Market is a family-owned, community-focused grocery store. They’ve been donating fresh produce, dairy products and packaged food to ExtraFood, three days a week, for just over two years. Our regular volunteer, Hank M, delivers their weekday food donations out to the San Geronimo Valley Community Center and, on the weekends, their food goes to Marin Services for Men. Fairfax Market’s staff are all great to work with and we’re delighted to be partnering with them to serve those in need!
March 12, 2017
Sweetmill Food Co.
Founded in 1979, Sweetmill, a wholesale food distributor, provides a wide variety of sweet and savory gourmet baked goods throughout the Bay Area. This week we’ll pick up 50 boxes of sweet and savory treats including 30 boxes of chicken burritos. What a great donation!
March 05, 2017
Andy’s Local Market
Andy’s has two San Rafael locations, Andy’s Sun Valley Market and another store out on Pt. San Pedro Road. They’re a locally-owned company with quality food, great prices, and a commitment to community-based programs and activities. Each Friday we pick up their donations from their Sun Valley store and deliver them to our partners in Marin City. Their donations are abundant with dairy, packaged goods, deli items and more. We love their staff—a pleasure to work with!
February 26, 2017
Trader Joe’s - San Rafael
Trader Joe’s will be celebrating their 50th anniversary this year! The first Trader Joe’s opened its doors in Pasadena, CA in 1967 and quickly began crafting their brand as a wholesome store (with their team dressed in cool Hawaiian shirts), offering great value on all their products. They reached 400 stores 3 years ago and continue to add more each year. We just started picking up from their San Rafael store a couple Sundays ago and their staff has been great to work with!
February 19, 2017
Good Earth Natural Foods School Lunch Program
Located in Novato, the program serves over 4,000 students each week. They began their program in August of 2003 and now serve twelve Marin County schools. They also provide senior lunches to 6 community Senior Centers, including our partner San Geronimo Valley Community Center. Their focus has always been on providing healthy, organic and highly nutritious food to our community. Last week, because so many schools had been closed due to the storm, we picked up a terrific donation which we brought immediately to the great people at the Downtown Streets Team in San Rafael.
February 12, 2017
Nugget Markets - Tiburon
Owned and operated by the 4th and 5th generations of the Stille family, Nugget is based in the Sacramento area and also owns stores in Novato and Corte Madera. Their Tiburon team is great to work with and they always have terrific, high-quality donations for us to pick up for those in need. Our volunteer Antonina says, “The staff there really cares about our mission and they love being part of the solution!”
February 05, 2017
Beso Bistro and Wine Bar
Located at Hamilton Field in Novato, Beso Bistro crafts all of their dishes using local, organic produce, pasture-raised chicken and beef, and sustainably-raised seafood. Because owner Michelle is so committed to giving back to her community, she has chosen to make a special meal every other week for ExtraFood to pick up as part of our Planned Giving program. ExtraFood Volunteer Curt W. delivers the meal to the families at Gilead House. We thank Michelle and Beso Bistro for sharing their fabulous food with vulnerable families in our community!
January 30, 2017
Ponsford’s Place is a wonderful small bakery tucked away in a San Rafael neighborhood. Their philosophy is to bake with no processed white flour and to use seasonally-available ingredients, which leads to an ever-changing menu. The bakery is a bit of a laboratory where the bakers, Craig and Hannah experiment with new varieties of whole-grain artisanal flours. We’re delighted that they share their delicious savory and sweet pastries, as well as bread, with ExtraFood every week!
January 22, 2017
The Cheesecake Factory
Two years ago this month, The Cheesecake Factory in The Village at Corte Madera began donating their excess food to ExtraFood.org. Their wonderful variety of soups are much sought-after by our recipients, especially the REST Program at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Belvedere and the seniors at San Geronimo Valley Community Center. TCF started out as a mom-and-pop business in Detroit back in in the 1940’s and now operates 175 restaurants around the country.
January 15, 2017
Lotus Cuisine of India
Lotus is a family-owned, North Indian restaurant in downtown San Rafael that specializes in using the finest ingredients possible: local, organic and fresh! Surinder (Pal) Sroa, who owns Lotus with his wife Linda, provides us with wonderful food through our Planned Giving program: every week, his restaurant makes some Chicken Tikka Masala, rice and naan for ExtraFood to deliver to vulnerable seniors in San Rafael. Pal will be opening two new restaurants soon, one on Caledonia St in Sausalito and the other in the Mission District in San Francisco. We thank Lotus for their continued generosity!
January 08, 2017
Kaiser Permanente San Rafael Medical Center
Kaiser donates their extra food to us 7 days a week, and the bulk of their donations are complete, microwaveable, mostly organic meals — like gold for some of our recipients whose primary need is for proteins or complete meals. Kaiser contributes to the health and wellness of our community in so many ways, and we’re grateful that they’re a longtime member of the ExtraFood community.
January 01, 2017
Marinitas, in San Anselmo, serves tasty, Latin-inspired meals using local and seasonal products in a very lively atmosphere. They have delicious food and a great bar! Marinitas has been donating food from the early days of ExtraFood as part of our Planned Giving program. In that program, we ask restaurants, caterers, and other food-service establishments to make a little extra of something for us to pick up and deliver for those in need.
December 25, 2016
CaterMarin is a locally owned and operated complete catering company combining great food—with an emphasis on local and sustainable—with a stylish presentation. They can proudly handle any event such as corporate events, cocktail parties, weddings, picnics and barbeques and can offer vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. They have been donating once monthly since August and their delicious food has been shared with our partners at Helen Vine Recovery Center, San Geronimo Community Presbyterian Church and San Pedro School.
December 18, 2016
The North Face
The North Face Endurance Challenge is a series of trail running races held nationally and internationally. Last week the Challenge was held in the scenic Marin Headlands. ExtraFood volunteers Ellen M and Tom picked up an enormous amount of snacks, fruit, soda and water, which were delivered to four organizations. Events are always a key source of extra food in our community and we’re grateful to The North Face for donating for the past two years.
December 11, 2016
Mini of Marin
Every year, Mini of Marin‘s general manager gifts his employees with a turkey for their Thanksgiving feasts. Last week we were delighted to pick up 13 extra turkeys after they had been distributed to the employees. This year some of their employees even gifted their turkeys to ExtraFood! Our volunteer, Diane, picked up the turkeys and delivered all to SparkPoint Marin, in plenty of time for Thanksgiving. What a treat for SparkPoint Marin’s clients!
December 04, 2016
County Line Harvest
County Line is a certified organic farm located near the Marin/Sonoma county line. We pick up donations of their wonderful produce—they focus primarily on a wide variety of greens and root veggies—every Sunday at the Civic Center Market. And on several occasions, they’ve given us a terrific donation directly from their farm! On Wednesday, two volunteer moms, Diane and Elise, and their daughters drove to the farm to pick up almost 400 pounds of produce and delivered it to 3 grateful recipients. Such generosity from all involved on the very busy day before Thanksgiving!
November 27, 2016
Whole Foods Market—Miller Ave., Mill Valley
We’ve been picking up donations of fresh produce, baked goods, dairy products, and prepared food from this store for over 2 1/2 years! Each week, all the great food we pick up from this fine store makes its way to many folks in need in Marin City. We are grateful for the bounty of healthy food that comes from Whole Foods!
November 20, 2016
Headquartered in San Rafael, Byte serves up healthy, hearty, grab-and-go-type meals. They offer Bay Area businesses around-the-clock food options by stocking their refrigerated kiosks with healthy food. It’s as easy as swiping a credit card and selecting your food option! Seniors, the homeless, youth organizations, Canal residents, and many more have benefited from our regular deliveries of Byte’s delicious food.
November 13, 2016
Marin Interfaith Council
MIC is a collaborative that celebrates faith traditions, advocates justice and builds community. They cultivate a community diverse in belief, opinion, and culture. For over thirty years, MIC has enabled congregations, nonprofits and individuals to make Marin a more vibrant and equitable community. Last week MIC generously shared their extra food with us from their annual “Visionary Marin” event. #endhunger
November 06, 2016
Whole Foods San Rafael
The Whole Foods store in San Rafael is always very generous with their donations of excess food to our county-wide food recovery program. We pick up all types of food from this store…dairy, baked goods, frozen food, produce and packaged goods. Their donations provide food for people from Marin City to West Marin to Novato! And their team members are always helpful and great to work with.
October 31, 2016
Bioneers is a nonprofit organization based in New Mexico and California that promotes practical and innovative solutions to global environmental and bio-cultural challenges. The Annual National Bioneers Conference, which is held this week at the Marin Civic Center, connects thousands of people with practical, visionary solutions for humanity’s most pressing environmental and social challenges. We are delighted to pick up their extra food from their two event dinners at Embassy Suites this weekend.
October 23, 2016
Zero Breast Cancer
Zero Breast Cancer helps individuals and communities understand scientific research on environmental risk factors and lifestyle variables that influence breast cancers. They focus on factors that an individual can change to prevent breast cancer initially, as well as recurrences: stress management, physical activity, nutrition and health, and breast feeding to mention a few. Last week our volunteer Mary W picked up almost 400 lbs of excess healthy food from their Annual Dipsea Hike!
October 16, 2016
College of Marin
The College of Marin donates food from their cafeteria on Friday afternoons—pastries, salads, and other packaged food which is gratefully received by the senior residents at Bennett House in Fairfax. They’ve been a wonderfully consistent donor since April 2015!
October 09, 2016
Great Performances is a New York City-based caterer that does a big event out at McNear’s Beach in San Rafael every year at this time. They do a lot for any community they serve, including making food recovery a core value! We’re delighted they call on us every year to get their fabulous excess food to those in need.
October 02, 2016
Sprouts Farmers Market
Sprouts’ new San Rafael store joins over 200 Sprouts Farmers Markets in 12 states across the country, all with fresh, natural and organic food at great prices. Their motto: “It’s healthy living for less.” Last week Sprouts donated 500 pounds of chicken, the largest amount of protein that we have ever received!
September 25, 2016
Arizmendi San Rafael Bakery & Pizzeria
Arizmendi offers a wide selection of delicious fresh-baked goods and pizzas. And their San Rafael store is part of the Association of Arizmendi Cooperatives, which are all independently owned and operated by their workers. We now pick up their terrific donations 6 days a week and we’re grateful for their generosity!
September 18, 2016
Located in Greenbrae’s Bon Air Shopping Center, SusieCakes has been a regular donor since March 2014. They’re an all-American bakery offering classic desserts made entirely from scratch, using simple, natural ingredients. Many of our recipients have enjoyed their delicious treats, especially the YWCA, who serves them at their monthly graduation programs and Ambassadors Of Hope And Opportunity who serves them at their youth team planning meetings.
September 11, 2016
We began picking up from Marinwood last week—6 days a week! All reports are that they are easy to work with and have kind staff members who are willing to help and answer questions. Deli items and produce are available each day with dairy, bread and occasionally meat and poultry offered on other days. Our recipients have all been so happy with the food quality from this market. Many thanks to Marinwood Market for helping us serve those in need in our community!
September 04, 2016
Marin Community Clinics San Rafael HealthHub
The Marin Community Clinics provide a wide range of primary care and wellness services for adults and children, particularly low-income community members—including the uninsured. The Wednesday afternoon San Rafael Clinic HealthHub provides a variety of services for hundreds of clients, including a food pantry, disease screening, medical referrals, nutrition education, and physical activities. We’re proud to support Marin Community Clinics’ vital work in our community!
August 28, 2016
Sweet Things Bakery
Sweet Things has two retail locations, at The Cove at Tiburon and in SF’s Cal-Mart. And they also serve fabulous coffee from our friends at Equator Coffees & Teas! Sweet Things has been serving customers and restaurants for 36 years, and we’re delighted to be working with them to reduce food waste and alleviate hunger in our community.
August 28, 2016
Costco is a membership-only warehouse club that provides a wide selection of merchandise. It is currently the largest membership-only warehouse club in the United States. We began picking up from their Novato warehouse last week and their receiving staff is great to work with! http://www.costco.com/warehouse-locations/novato-ca-141.html
August 21, 2016
Sweetmill Food Company
Founded in 1979, Sweetmill, a wholesale food distributor, provides a wide variety of sweet and savory gourmet baked goods throughout the Bay Area. This week we picked up 13 cases of vegan fruit bars that were distributed to several sites: Bennett House, Marin AIDS Project and Center Point. Check ‘em out! http://www.sweetmillfoodco.com
August 14, 2016
Marin Cyclists is a nonprofit club dedicated to helping cyclists meet up to experience the wonders of riding in Marin County and the wider Bay Area. Their signature event is the annual Marin Century (six rides ranging from 30 to 200 miles) held August 6. We were delighted to pick up the extra food from the event and get it to those in need!
August 07, 2016
Sutter Health Novato Community Hospital
Starting next week, the hospital will donate food three times per week. One of the recipients of these fabulous donations, Mackey Terrace, an EAH Housing property, is looking forward to these regular donations. Says Kelly, the resident manager, “These prepared food donations create a sense of community for our residents as they share stories while eating this great food together”. http://www.novatocommunity.org
July 31, 2016
A Fork Full of Earth
Based in Fairfax, this farm-to-table organic catering business crafts original menus that are driven by what’s in season, and cultivated entirely from Marin and Sonoma County’s organic, local farms and artisans. They cater big events and smaller events such as birthday parties or picnics. Check out their website for sample menus!
July 24, 2016
Sugar is a one-of-a-kind candy boutique in downtown San Anselmo. Their candy includes seasonal confections, nostalgic favorites and artisan treats. Plus they have a great selection of cards and gifts for a one stop shop for presents! We picked up our first donation from them this week and it was happily received by the students at Next Generation Scholars. In addition, the two high-school-age daughters of Sugar’s owner want to be ExtraFood volunteers!
July 17, 2016
The Clubhouse at Peacock Gap
The Clubhouse has spacious rooms with breathtaking views and is the perfect place to host a large event, corporate retreat or just about any occasion. It’s a favorite spot for weddings and has a full-service catering department to help you plan your event. Last week we picked up several trays of delicious prepared food that our partners at Homeward Bound of Marin’s New Beginnings Center loved! http://www.peacockgapclubhouse.com
July 10, 2016
Italian Street Painting Marin
Held annually, in downtown San Rafael, on the last weekend of June, this event celebrates the art of street painting by the very talented Maldonarri (the word for street painters dating back to 13th century Italy). The festival showcases approximately 100 master street painters who turn the streets into an amazing gallery. Visitors can stroll by all the beautiful, ephemeral art, listen to music, and enjoy tasty food. This week we picked up their excess antipasti and delivered it to the Marin AIDS Project and Homeward Bound of Marin’s Family Center. http://www.italianstreetpaintingmarin.org
July 03, 2016
Located on the west end of 4th St in downtown San Rafael, Johnny Doughnuts’ tasty, artisan doughnuts are handcrafted with the finest organic cool-milled wheat flour and ingredients from locally-sourced vendors. They offer a huge selection of doughnuts including a killer gluten-free one!
June 26, 2016
St. Anselm Church
St. Anselm Church is a Catholic community located on Shady Lane in Ross. From their humble beginnings in 1908, their parish facilities have grown to include their school, a Kindergarten through 8th grade program. This week we picked up a prepared food donation from them which was hugely appreciated by the seniors we delivered it to. http://saintanselm.org
June 19, 2016
Safeway—B St. San Rafael
Safeway on B Street in San Rafael has been donating their excess food to ExtraFood since March 2014. Among their generous, regular donations are eggs, so valuable to those we’re serving: protein is the #1 request from our recipients. The store’s Receiver, Phil, has been a terrific partner for ExtraFood and a dedicated supporter of those in need. www.safeway.com
June 12, 2016
Flour Craft Bakery
Located in San Anselmo, Flour Craft is Marin County’s first entirely gluten-free bakery. They offer bread, pastries, cakes, granola, and savory lunch & breakfast items. We’ve been picking up their generous donations since December 2013, during the first days of our organization. We can say from personal experience that even if you’re not gluten-free you may still love their goodies!
June 05, 2016
Mangia Nosh Catering Company
Robert Meyer’s company has provided gourmet catering to the Bay Area since the mid-1980s. They are a full-service catering company complete with a full-service wait staff, event coordinators, and all things needed for a large event. This past Monday we picked up a terrific donation of their extra food from a large event. Marin caterers call us in advance when they know they’re going to have extra, they call us directly from an event, or they call us when they’ve brought extra food back to their kitchen. All of those work for us! http://www.mangianosh.com
May 29, 2016
Taste Kitchen and Table
Located in downtown Fairfax, Taste is an eat-in or take-out full-service bakery & cafe. Their terrific food is made from organic, seasonal, fresh-from-the-farm ingredients. Rochelle and Lorenzo, the owners, have been donating their delicious savory and sweet pastries and salads to us whenever they have extras. The seniors at nearby Bennett House look forward to these tasty treats!
May 22, 2016
Last week CVNL hosted the annual Bay Area Human Race, an amazing community event where over 40 teams fundraised for local nonprofits, schools and community groups. Being thoughtful about food waste, CVNL alerted us in advance that there would be extra food from the race day. Kudos to CVNL for “thinking green” and helping us get great food to people in need!
May 15, 2016
Andy’s Local Market
Andy’s has two San Rafael locations, one in the Sun Valley neighborhood and the other out on Pt. San Pedro Road. It’s a locally-owned market with quality food, great prices, and a commitment to community-based programs and activities. Their donations to ExtraFood have included generous quantities of dairy products—much-prized by our recipients. We look forward to working more with Andy’s!
May 08, 2016
Safeway Terra Linda
We’re now picking up Safeway Terra Linda’s generous donations 5 days a week! Our staff and volunteers appreciate working with all of their great receivers and in-store staff. http://local.safeway.com/ca/san-rafael-932.html
May 01, 2016
Los Moles Restaurant
The winner of two OpenTable Diners’ Choice Awards, Los Moles San Rafael focuses on bringing the distinct flavors from traditional Mexican pueblos and showcasing them with a modern twist. Founder and Chef Lito uses family recipes with no gluten, lard, refined sugar or other artificial ingredients and uses only fresh local ingredients. We’ve eaten at the restaurant and can personally attest that their chicken mole is delicious! We’re delighted to bring Los Moles’ weekly donations to the students at Next Generation Scholars.
April 24, 2016
Beso Bistro and Wine Bar
Located at Hamilton Field in Novato, Beso Bistro crafts all of their dishes using local, organic produce, pasture-raised chicken and beef, and sustainably-raised seafood. Because owner Michelle is so committed to giving back to her community, she has chosen to make a special meal every other week for ExtraFood to pick up as part of our Planned Giving program. ExtraFood Volunteer Curt delivers the meal to the families at Gilead House. We thank owner Michelle and Beso Bistro for sharing their fantastic cooking with vulnerable families in our community!
April 18, 2016
Lotus Cuisine of India
Lotus is a family-owned, North Indian restaurant that specializes in using the finest ingredients possible: local, organic and fresh! Surinder (Pal) Sroa, who owns Lotus with his wife Linda, is generous, warm, and welcoming, and has always lived by the principle of giving back to his community. Pal provides us with food through our Planned Giving program: every other week, his restaurant makes some Chicken Tikka Masala, rice and naan for ExtraFood to deliver to the seniors at San Rafael Rotary Manor.
April 11, 2016
San Rafael City Schools
We’re delighted that San Rafael City Schools is the second public school district in Marin to join our program. And they’ve given us some wonderful donations recently, including 15 gallons of Straus organic milk! Since it’s impossible to forecast with 100% accuracy exactly how many kids will be at school and exactly how much they will eat and drink, schools will often have extra food, and we’re glad to partner with them to get it to those in need. Kudos to SRCS for their focus on reducing food waste!
April 04, 2016
Novato Union School District
NUSD already does a terrific job minimizing waste in their food program, but of course it’s impossible to forecast attendance with 100% accuracy, so there’s often going to be some extra food. And that’s where we come in—picking it up and getting it to those in need, including children at a local YMCA after-school program. Miguel Villareal and his team at NUSD are a delight to work with and are true leaders in our county’s school system. www.nusd.org
March 28, 2016
Nugget Markets - Tiburon
Our volunteers report that Nugget Markets’ Tiburon store provides consistently terrific donations, which make a big difference to our recipients in Marin City and West Marin. And everyone at Nugget is always a pleasure to work with. Check ‘em out: https://www.nuggetmarket.com
March 21, 2016
Brandeis Marin is an independent, co-educational Jewish day-school that serves K-8 students and their families in San Rafael. The school hosts a large Bingo Night event for its families, and for the last two years we’ve picked up their excess food. Many thanks to Brandeis for being part of the solution to hunger and waste in Marin! http://www.brandeismarin.org
March 14, 2016
M.H. Bread & Butter Bakery
MHB&B, an artisan bakery, has been delightful to work with. They serve breakfast and lunch and all of their food is absolutely top-notch. Our recipients look forward to their tasty breads, muffins and croissants each week. http://mhbreadandbutter.com
March 07, 2016
Dominican University of California
Our Food Donor of the Week is Caleruega Dining Hall and Chilly’s Cafe at Dominican University of California in San Rafael. Dominican’s food service is managed by long-time ExtraFood partner Epicurean Group, specializing in corporate and campus restaurants, catering services, and more. We’re grateful to Dominican and Epicurean Group for joining with us to help end hunger in Marin!
February 29, 2016
Nugget Markets - Corte Madera
Owned and operated by the 4th and 5th generations of the Stille family, Nugget is based in the Sacramento area and acquired the former Paradise Foods locations in Marin last year. Corte Madera Manager Riley has set up a great system to work with ExtraFood.org and help serve the hungry in our community. We’re delighted to be working with Riley and his terrific team! https://www.nuggetmarket.com/about/
February 22, 2016
El Huarache Loco
Located at Marin Country Mart in Larkspur, El Huarache Loco is a wonderful success story. Their owner, Veronica, started out as a caterer, incubated her business at La Cocina in SF, moved on to open a stand at the Alemany farmers’ market in SF and then, because she had built such a loyal following, opened the restaurant in Marin. El Huarache Loco is part of ExtraFood’s Planned Giving program—details here —through which restaurants make extra food to be donated to one of our recipient partners. We deliver El Huarache Loco’s delicious quesadillas to the kids at Next Generation Scholars to fuel their brains and bodies for studying! http://huaracheloco.com
February 15, 2016
Marin General Hospital
Marin General has been donating their excess food to ExtraFood.org 365 days a year since our earliest days. Mike and his team make sure that the food we receive, all of which is made from scratch in the hospital’s kitchen, is of the highest quality. The impact of MGH’s donations has reached far and wide across our county: to seniors, the homeless, kids in Marin City, vulnerable families in West Marin, and so many more. We are grateful and honored to be working with Marin General to support our community’s health and well-being! www.maringeneral.org
February 08, 2016
Ann Walker Catering
AWC was founded in 1976 by executive chef Ann Walker, who travels throughout the world conducting food and wine research, and looking for new recipes and ingredients. AWC incorporates local, sustainable and organic ingredients whenever they can into their menus. This week, we picked up our first donation from AWC and delivered it to the seniors at Tam House. Of course, caterers can never risk making too little for their events, so we’re happy to pick up their extra when they have too much! http://www.annwalkercatering.com
February 01, 2016
Green Gulch Farm Zen Center
If you’re looking to be in harmony with the water, soil and air and want a taste of the honest meditative work that coaxes everything from artichokes to winter squash out of the ground, look no further than Green Gulch Farm at Muir Beach. Situated in this heavenly valley, Green Gulch is a Zen center, organic farm, teaching facility for meditation and organic farming techniques and home to many curious travelers and eager volunteers. A generous donor to ExtraFood from their farm as well as their stand at the Mill Valley Farmers’ Market, Green Gulch’s gardens are now seeded with cover crops, which will eventually be plowed under to renew the soil. In this season of renewal, we bow in thanks and offer gratitude for the bounty given to us, to give to others…a double blessing.
January 25, 2016
This year is Insalata’s 20th anniversary! Since 1996, Owner/Chef Heidi Krahling and her husband, Mark, have been serving delicious, Mediterranean-inspired food in a wonderful space full of warmth and hospitality. And they have an amazing takeout counter and a terrific catering program. Insalata’s participates in our Planned Giving program, *making* food every week for our recipients, who rave about their donations. Last week one of the recipients, a senior housing facility, called Insalata’s food “glorious!” We agree! We’re deeply grateful to Heidi, Mark, Christa, Ashley, and everyone else at Insalata’s who are dedicated to ExtraFood’s work and to providing a wonderful dining experience for all. Says Heidi, “Food is only food until it’s shared.” www.insalatas.com
January 18, 2016
High Tech Burrito
High Tech Burrito was established in 1986 in a small space in San Rafael but since then has spread to 15 different locations throughout the Bay Area, including 4 in Marin. Their food is fast, fresh, and made with lots of customizing options. Besides their delicious food, High Tech believes in making a difference in the communities they serve—offering fundraising opportunities for schools, sport clubs, and PTA groups among others. High Tech also supplies burritos to schools for school lunch programs. Last month ExtraFood partnered with High Tech on a holiday promotion, in which their customers donated free menu items received through HTB’s loyalty program, HTB matched every donation, and ExtraFood picked up and delivered the items to those in need. Starting this month, High Tech will make and donate fresh food twice monthly through our Planned Giving program. What a great partner!
January 11, 2016
Ponsford’s Place is a wonderful small bakery tucked away in a San Rafael neighborhood. Their philosophy is to bake with no processed white flour and to use seasonally-available ingredients, which leads to an ever-changing menu. The bakery is a bit of a laboratory where the bakers, Craig and Elizabeth, experiment with new varieties of whole-grain artisanal flours. We’re delighted that Ponsford’s is a regular donor to ExtraFood! Check out their website for some of the innovative products they’re developing.
January 04, 2016
Say Hay Farms
Say Hay Farms is a new vendor at the Thursday Marin Civic Center farmers’ market. This season they’re selling specialty root vegetables, broccoli, cauliflower and leafy greens as well as their lovingly-made and packaged pickled carrots, beets and raw sauerkraut. Chris Hay (yes, his real name) and his team run an “integrated operation” at Say Hay Farms, which means that animals and vegetables rotate in the fields, each benefitting from the prior use of the other in a carefully stewarded true circle of sustainability. Say Hay to them at the Thursday market and consider joining their CSA.
December 28, 2015
Sweet Things Bakery
Sweet Things’ retail location, in Tiburon’s Cove Shopping Center, is a well-known stop for getting goodies for your day. They have been serving homes and restaurants for 36 years! We picked up from their wholesale bakery location this week and delivered over 60 pumpkin/chocolate chip cakes to 5 recipients. Yum! http://www.sweetthings.com
December 21, 2015
The North Face
Our Food Donor of the Week is the North Face. The North Face Endurance Challenge is a series of trail running races held nationally and internationally. Last week the Challenge was held in the scenic Marin Headlands. Sharing the donation with Sonoma County Food Runners, ExtraFood picked up an enormous amount of snacks, fruit and water, which we delivered to five organizations. Events are always a key source of extra food in our community and we’re grateful to The North Face for joining our program!
December 14, 2015
Owner Saleem’s vision for Banzo Cuisine is to improve cultural eating habits by providing clean proteins, high fiber and low saturated fat foods to lower heart disease and promote overall healthy living.
He hopes that his family’s modern adaptations of the foods they were raised on - quinoa kale salad, vegetable pilafs and bean stews - will inspire other entrepreneurs to also adapt and simplify their native foods, making more tasty and healthy prepared foods available everywhere. You can find Banzo in Marin at these farmers’ markets: Wednesday in Corte Madera, Friday in Mill Valley and Sunday in Fairfax. www.banzocuisine.com
December 07, 2015
Mini of Marin
Our Food Donor of the Week is Mini of Marin. Every year, their general manager, Joe Thomer, gifts his employees with a turkey for their Thanksgiving feasts. This week we were delighted to pick up 12 extra turkeys after they had been distributed to the employees. Our volunteer, Mary, picked up the turkeys and delivered 6 to Center Point and 6 to SparkPoint, in plenty of time for Thanksgiving. These two organizations were thrilled, to say the least! Check out Mini of Marin here: http://www.miniofmarin.com/
November 30, 2015
Marin Interfaith Council
Marin Interfaith Council (MIC) is a collaborative that celebrates faith traditions, advocates justice and builds community. MIC cultivates a community diverse in belief, opinion, and culture. For over thirty years, MIC has enabled congregations, nonprofits and individuals to make Marin a more vibrant and equitable community. Last week MIC generously shared their extra food with us from their annual “Visionary Marin” event. San Pedro School’s Family Program was delighted to be the beneficiary of all those tasty desserts and savory treats!
November 23, 2015
Triple T Ranch and Farm
Larry Tristano and his son Vince run this USDA Certified Organic 15-acre farm in Santa Rosa’s Valley of the Moon. Three generations of Tristanos now live on the farm, which Larry (Sr) started in 1983. They sell cage-free forage-fed poultry and their eggs, organic herbs and veggies, as well as the plant-starts to grow your own. Committed to sustainability and community involvement, Triple T donates generously to ExtraFood from the Thursday and Sunday Civic Center Farmers’ Markets. Come by Triple T’s for flavorful peppers, nutritious greens and a warm visit with nice guys! http://www.tripletranchandfarmsantarosa.com
November 16, 2015
Beso Bistro and Wine Bar
Located in the Hamilton Field area of Novato, Beso Bistro and Wine Bar crafts all of their dishes using local, organic produce, pasture-raised chicken and beef, and sustainably-raised seafood. Because owner Michelle is so committed to giving back to her community, she has chosen to make a special meal every other week for ExtraFood as part of our Planned Giving program. The donation is delivered by our volunteer Curt to the families at Gilead House who always look forward to Michelle’s delicious and healthy food.
November 09, 2015
Located in Greenbrae’s Bon Air Shopping Center, SusieCakes has been a regular donor since March 2014. They’re an all-American bakery offering classic desserts made entirely from scratch, using simple, natural ingredients. Stop by Bon Air and check ‘em out! Our recipients love their treats.
November 02, 2015
Sunnyland Orchards (aka EGB Farms)
Sunnyland is perfectly named as Eddie’s sunny smile is the first thing you’ll see when you pass the information booth at the Civic Center farmers’ market on Thursdays and Sundays. Eddie and his wife Maria started out growing yams and root crops but when they moved to Ripon in the San Joaquin Valley, the richer soil allowed them to branch out, literally, planting fruit trees in the hospitable earth there. Now they’re known for their long seasons of delicious stone fruits and, at this time of year, for their abundant varieties of apples and sweet pomegranates. We’re so grateful for their consistent donations to ExtraFood!
October 26, 2015
Bioneers is a nonprofit organization based in New Mexico and California that promotes practical and innovative solutions to global environmental and bio-cultural challenges. The Annual National Bioneers Conference was held at the Marin Civic Center this past weekend and connects thousands of people with practical, visionary solutions for humanity’s most pressing environmental and social challenges. We were delighted to pick up their extra food from their two event dinners at Embassy Suites in collaboration with FoodShift and to be in partnership with such innovative people!
October 19, 2015
Congregation Rodef Sholom
CRS is one of ExtraFood’s earliest and biggest supporters. Not only do they donate food twice per month, but they’ve been an important source of volunteers for ExtraFood and have been hugely helpful in spreading the word about our county-wide food recovery program. We’re grateful that they’re a central part of the ExtraFood community. http://www.rodefsholom.org
October 12, 2015
Fiddler’s Green Farm
Fiddler’s Green Farm of Brooks, California is one of the oldest organic farms, earning certification in 1982. Jim Eldon bought the farm in 1991 and has kept it intentionally small, employing just 4 people year-round and growing delicious roots and greens with his wife, Julie Rose. While we wait for Spring and FGF’s terrific asparagus, go deep to the roots this season and enjoy their artful black or watermelon radishes from the Thursday or Sunday Civic Center Farmers’ Markets.
October 04, 2015
Headquartered in San Rafael, Byte serves up healthy, quick, grab-and-go type meals. They offer Bay Area businesses around-the-clock food options by stocking their refrigerated kiosks with healthy food. It’s as easy as swiping a credit card and selecting your food option. We now pick up from Byte three times weekly and we’ve found that their pre-packaged meals are a winner for seniors! www.bytefoods.co
September 28, 2015
Epicurean Group is an independent, woman- and minority-owned food-service management company. With a credo of “Fresh, Honest, and Local”, you can be sure that they support local organic farms and ranches. Dedicated to sustainability and environmental responsibility, their core values align with and support ExtraFood’s mission to help end hunger and food waste. We pick up food from three of their partnerships: Marin Academy, Branson School and Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium at Marin Center. http://www.epicurean-group.com
September 21, 2015
Front Porch Farm
Located in nearby Healdsburg, FPF gives us generous donations of their terrific produce at the Thursday and Sunday Marin Civic Center Farmers Markets. Thank you to Mimi, Peter, Mieka, Emil and the entire gang at FPF. Check ‘em out! http://fpfarm.com
September 14, 2015
College of Marin
COM donates food from their cafeteria on Friday afternoons—pastries, salads, and other packaged food that we get to vulnerable seniors. We appreciate their generosity! http://www.marin.edu
September 07, 2015
Balakian Farms of Reedley, CA is run by 3 generations of the Balakian family—Amber Balakian, her father Clarence, and grandmother Stella, and was started by Amber’s grandfather John, the son of an Armenian immigrant who was born and raised on the property. Reedley has an ideal climate for the many varieties of tomatoes and delicious stone fruits they grow. Balakian is Certified Organic, and has been incredibly generous to ExtraFood at the the Thursday and Sunday Civic Center Markets as well as the Friday Farmers’ Market in Mill Valley. We’re grateful for the generous donations of heirloom tomatoes, peaches, plums, pluots, and nectarines.
August 31, 2015
Mill Valley Market
Mill Valley Market has been locally owned and operated by the founding Canepa family since 1929 and became a certified Bay Area Green Business in 2008. Their shelves are stocked with unique and interesting products (many of them coming from their customers’ suggestions) as well as everyday grocery staples. They pride themselves on their full-service gourmet deli, catering department and wine and spirits selection. Mill Valley Market has always been about quality, excellent service and a great selection! We’re delighted and grateful that they’re working with us to get food to those who struggle in our community. http://www.millvalleymarket.com
August 24, 2015
Panorama, located in San Francisco, is an artisan-style bakery whose bread products are baked in the “Old World” style in stone hearth ovens. Their products are made daily by hand, employing no chemical preservatives or additives and using unbleached, organic flours. ExtraFood volunteers pick up their delicious bread donations from the Marin Farmers Markets at the Civic Center on Thursdays and Sundays. http://www.panoramabaking.com
August 17, 2015
Taste Kitchen and Table
Located in downtown Fairfax. Taste is an eat-in or take-out full-service bakery & cafe. Their terrific food is made from organic, seasonal, fresh-from-the-farm ingredients. And they’ll soon be offering monthly cooking classes, artisan demos, a catering series, and lectures at their cafe. Check ‘em out! http://www.tastekitchenandtable.com
August 10, 2015
Marin Cyclists, a club established in 1963, is the host of this past weekend’s Marin Century ride. Over 2500 cyclists rode several different routes throughout Marin during the 100% volunteer-supported event, aided by the generously-stocked rest stops and a big post-ride feast. We were delighted to once again pick up the event’s extra food and get it to those who need it. Thank you and Chapeau! to the Marin Cyclists team! www.marincyclists.com
August 03, 2015
Located in the Central Valley town of Winton, Kashiwase Farms has been certified organic since 1997. The current owners, Stephen and Lisa Kashiwase, have deep family ties to their land. Stephen’s father was a Japanese immigrant who purchased his first acreage in the early 1920’s. They are best known for their stone fruits— such as plums, peaches, and nectarines — and Asian pears and almonds. ExtraFood, and the many we serve, are so grateful for Kashiwase’s generous fruit donations at the Thursday and Sunday Civic Center Farmers Markets.
July 27, 2015
Star Route Farms
Our Food Donor of the Week is Star Route Farms. Star Route has been an organic farm in Marin County since 1974. Located in Bolinas and Thermal, CA, they were pioneers of the organic movement, and are the oldest continuously certified organic grower in California! Star Route focuses on direct sales to three farmers markets—the Marin Civic Center Markets and the Ferry Plaza in SF—and 80 Bay Area restaurants. They are incredibly generous with their market donations, always donating several large bags of beautiful greens. Check ‘em out! http://www.starroutefarms.com
July 19, 2015
Rodriguez Farms launched their business in 1991 in Watsonville with only 3 acres of strawberries. They have developed into a 60-acre farm growing a wide variety of berries and vegetables. In 2004 they became a certified organic grower. Berries tend to have a very high pesticide residue so we are grateful that Rodriguez is farming in a manner that is beneficial to the health of the soil as well as our personal health and the health of their workers. And they’re always so generous to ExtraFood! http://www.rodriguezfarms.com
July 12, 2015
Mangia Nosh Catering Company
Robert Meyer’s company has provided gourmet catering to the wider Bay Area since the mid-1980s. They are a full-service catering company complete with a full-service wait staff, event coordinators, and all things needed for a large event. They provided us with a great food donation last week which delighted the residents of one of our senior housing partners. Check ‘em out! http://mangianosh.com
July 05, 2015
Kaiser Permanente San Rafael Medical Center
Kaiser donates their extra food to us 7 days a week, and the bulk of their donations are complete, microwaveable meals—like gold for some of our recipients whose primary need is for proteins or complete meals. Kaiser contributes to the health and wellness of our community in so many ways, and we’re grateful that they’re a longtime member of the ExtraFood community. http://bit.ly/1Lwkngu
June 28, 2015
Located in San Anselmo, Comforts has a terrific cafe, take-out deli, and catering department. Their food is healthy and delicious; meats and produce are organic and sourced locally as much as possible. Check ‘em out! www.comfortscafe.com
June 22, 2015
El Huarache Loco
Located at Larkspur Landing (Marin Country Mart), El Huarache Loco is a wonderful success story. Their owner, Veronica, started out as a caterer, moved on to open a San Francisco Farmers Market stand and then, because she had built a loyal following, opened the restaurant in Marin. A huarache is a Mexico City speciality…a corn masa cake in the shape of a sandal which can be filled with just about anything. El Huarache Loco is part of ExtraFood’s Planned Giving program, in which restaurants make a little extra food to be donated to one of our recipient organizations. Check ‘em out! http://huaracheloco.com
June 15, 2015
Good Earth Natural Foods
The Good Earth Natural Foods School Lunch Program, located in Novato, serves over 4,000 students each week. They began their program in August of 2003 and now serve twelve Marin County schools, three of which are public. They also have partnerships with 6 community Senior Centers, providing senior lunches, including to our partner San Geronimo Valley Community Center. Their focus has always been on providing healthy, organic and highly nutritious food to our community. Thank you, Good Earth, for your generous donations! http://www.goodearthorganiclunches.com/index.html
June 08, 2015