Documentary on Hunger in Marin to Air Thursday Feb. 25 and Sunday Feb. 28
February 22, 2016
Documentary on Hunger in Marin County Airs This Week; Spotlights ExtraFood.org’s Work
February 24, 2016
Media Contacts: Paul Colardo, (415) 246-7090, firstname.lastname@example.org
Marv Zauderer, (415) 997-9830, Marv@ExtraFood.org
SAN RAFAEL, CA – The documentary “Hungry in Paradise,” airing this week, 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 40,000 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 26 months, we’ve picked up 470,000 pounds of food from 125+ organizations and delivered it to 66 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 airs on Thursday, February 25th at 7:30pm and Sunday, February 28th at 7:00pm on channels 26 (Comcast) and 99 (AT&T) in Marin, and online at cmcm.tv/watch.
ExtraFood’s mission is to help end hunger and waste in Marin County, where more than 40,000 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 470,000 pounds of food from 125+ donors to 66 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 66 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.