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.

ExtraFood Partners with High Tech Burrito to Battle Hunger
November 24, 2015

ExtraFood.org Partners with High Tech Burrito to Help Marin's Most Vulnerable People This Holiday Season

November 24, 2015

Media Contacts:

     Marv Zauderer, (415) 482-9579, Marv@ExtraFood.org

     Clare Aguirre, (707) 585-5823, CAguirre@HighTechBurrito.com

SAN RAFAEL, CA – ExtraFood.org, a countywide nonprofit food recovery program in Marin, is partnering with High Tech Burrito to get HTB's healthy, fresh food to Marin's most vulnerable children, adults, and families during the holiday season.

"Our work is primarily focused on food recovery: picking up excess fresh food from Marin's businesses – such as grocery stores, farmers' markets, and caterers – and immediately delivering it to nonprofits that serve Marin's hungry," says ExtraFood Founder and Executive Director Marv Zauderer. "But not all food-service organizations have excess food. Our Planned Giving program enables these organizations to participate in our mission to help end hunger by making food for pickup that matches our recipient partners' needs. We're delighted that High Tech Burrito and their customers will be donating nutritious, fresh food so generously this holiday season."

Through December 31, High Tech Burrito will match the value of each menu item donated to ExtraFood by customers in HTB’s loyalty program, Club HTB. Customers can donate earned items to ExtraFood online through their Club HTB account. The value of donated and matched items will go into an internal HTB account, which ExtraFood can draw down by ordering HTB items that match the needs of ExtraFood’s nonprofit recipient partners. ExtraFood will then pick up these orders and deliver them to recipient partners.

"High Tech Burrito is honored to be working with ExtraFood on such a worthy cause. Our companies are a perfect fit as ExtraFood has the ability to reach people, while we are able to make delicious, healthy and hearty meals for those in need. We are pleased to be able to provide some comfort to people during the holiday season," says Michael Domer, CEO of High Tech Burrito.

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About ExtraFood.org

ExtraFood’s mission is to help end hunger and waste in Marin County, where over 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 business 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 390,000 pounds of food from 100+ donors to 64 nonprofit sites serving thousands of low-income residents across Marin. 

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

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

ExtraFood’s 64 recipient partners include such organizations as Homeward Bound, Marin Community Clinics, St. Vincent de Paul Society, Marin City Community Services District, Huckleberry Youth Programs, Next Generation Scholars, Mercy Housing, and Rotary Manor.

How the Community Can Help

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

Donate food: Businesses in Marin can use their mobile device, web, email, or phone to offer excess fresh food or Planned Giving donations. 

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

Attend ExtraFood's benefit concert: Singer-songwriter Michelle Schmitt's annual benefit concert for ExtraFood will be held on Thursday, December 3 at the 142 Throckmorton Theatre. 100% of proceeds will go to ExtraFood.

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

About High Tech Burrito

High Tech Burrito opened its doors in 1986 in San Rafael as the first gourmet burrito restaurant of its kind. In the 29 years they have been in business they have grown to 15 locations all over the Bay Area. In combination with multiple North Bay locations they now have restaurants as far south as Sunnyvale as well as a substantial presence in the East Bay. More info: www.hightechburrito.com

Supported in part by:

Marin Community Foundation County of Marin The San Francisco Foundation