Community Volunteer of the Week
Denise V. & Tom H.
In less than 6 months, Denise and Tom have already delivered over a half ton of food across Marin County. Starting out as volunteer food runners at the Sunday Marin Farmers Market, they have quickly joined the ranks of those special volunteers that jump in to fill some of our harder to fill weekly food trips. Just when we think no one will take a food trip, here come Denise and Tom to save the day. We’re so grateful to them for helping us to fill in the gaps and ensure that no need goes unfulfilled.
July 16, 2017
We are pleased to honor Linda for her consistent support for the past year and a half as one of the happiest volunteer food runners you’ll ever meet. We are inspired by her energy, enthusiasm, and positive attitude. Linda picks up (large Costco-sized!) cartfuls of baked goods donations from Costco each week and happily delivers them to our friends SparkPoint Marin. She also picks up other food donations on occasion, helping us tremendously with filling these important trips. We are so grateful to have Linda on the ExtraFood volunteer team!
July 09, 2017
Kimberly K. & Chuck K.
Since joining ExtraFood just over a year ago, the dynamic husband and wife team of Kimberly K. and Chuck K. has completed a combined total of 135 food trips and delivered over 9,600 lbs of food. Wow! Kimberly came to us first and promptly took “ownership” of multiple weekly food trips from MH Bread & Butter, Nugget Market in Corte Madera, and Donut Alley. Before long, she enticed Chuck to join her in the fun. We are so grateful to Kimberly and Chuck for sharing their enthusiasm and giving spirits with us.
July 02, 2017
It’s hard to believe that Sarah has been volunteering with ExtraFood for only 6 months. In that short time, she has already completed 45 food trips and delivered over 1 ton of food! Within a few weeks of joining ExtraFood, she became a regular member of the Thursday Civic Center Farmers Market team, delivering some of the country’s best produce to our friends at St. Vincent de Paul every week. Committed to helping whenever she can, Sarah always fits in at least 1-2 additional food trips into her busy weekly schedule. We are so grateful to Sarah for her energy and dedication to our cause.
June 27, 2017
In just over a year, Lini has traversed Marin County nearly 50 times on behalf of ExtraFood, delivering over 4,000 lbs of food to seniors, families and children in need. It’s not unusual to see Lini traveling all the way out to West Marin deliver carloads of donated food. We’re so grateful to her for dedicating so many clicks on the odometer to help feed the hungry in our county.
June 18, 2017
We just love Gene S.’s enthusiasm and “get in done” attitude! It’s not unusual for him to call into the ExtraFood office declaring, “I have some time today. What can I do to help?” Oh, how that’s music to our ears! With over 170 regular, weekly food trips, as well as spontaneous food trips coming in every day, we can always find ways to use Gene’s generous offers to help. We are truly grateful to Gene for choosing to spend his free time helping ExtraFood to end hunger and food waste in Marin.
June 11, 2017
One of the longest-serving and most dedicated volunteers in the ExtraFood family, Lynne S. leads our volunteer team at the Thursday Civic Center farmers market and is the sole volunteer at the Friday Mill Valley farmers market. Since ExtraFood’s early days she has been recruiting food donors and recipient partners. In fact, we can thank Lynne for our presence at many of Marin’s farmers markets. To date she has completed over 350 food runs, delivering an incredible 23,000+ lbs of food! We are so grateful to Lynne for sharing her big heart and passion for working to end food waste and hunger with us.
June 04, 2017
Cari P. & Bob K.
Undaunted by challenges, Cari P. & Bob K. cheerfully manage generous weekly donations from Nugget Markets, sometimes making deliveries to multiple recipients on a single food run. Cari has helped spread the word about ExtraFood’s mission and milestones through her wonderful writing in local media. Rumor has it that both Cari and Bob have also been known to wear their ExtraFood green aprons on personal errands simply to provide exposure for ExtraFood. What a wonderful pair of ambassadors for ExtraFood! We are honored that they have chosen to share their time, energy, and talents with us.
May 30, 2017
Quick to respond to our calls for help filling spontaneous food trips as they come in, Brian M. has “saved” us on numerous occasions. Whether we need help transporting a hefty donation from one of our larger food donors, such as Costco and Byte Foods or delivering a lighter load from our friends at SusieCakes and Donut Alley, Brian responds with efficiency and flexibility. In just a few short months, Brian has completed nearly 30 spontaneous food trips, recovering almost 3,000 lbs of food.
May 21, 2017
Deborah M., Lisa D., Kamala T., and Ellen M.
In addition to making weekly and occasional volunteer food runs, Deborah M., Lisa D., Kamala T., and Ellen M. comprise the 2017 ExtraFood Volunteer Appreciation Event Planning Committee. Dedicating many hours to attending planning meetings, purchasing supplies, and setting up and tearing down for the event, these four have truly outdone themselves to help create a fun and memorable celebration honoring ExtraFood’s volunteers. We could not have done it without them!
May 14, 2017
Congratulations to our Volunteer of the Week, Lee S.! Lee has been a stalwart volunteer since ExtraFood’s early days. With over 600 (!) food trips under his belt and four recurring weekly food trips from Marin General Hospital, Lee still finds time to help us in the office with keeping our volunteer paperwork up to date. His friendly attitude and drive to help are an example to us all. Thank you, Lee, for your dedication to ExtraFood and the vulnerable people we serve.
May 08, 2017
Cathy and Ron M.
Our Volunteers of the Week are Cathy and Ron M. They reached a milestone last week: 500 food trips completed! Wow! Some of their favorite pickups are from Arizmendi, Whole Foods San Rafael, Kaiser San Rafael Medical Center, and Marin General Hospital. They’re always passing on important information from their trips, which helps us to improve our service to our partners. They’ve been volunteering for ExtraFood for nearly 3 years—we’re so grateful for their long-term dedication to ExtraFood, our partners, and the people we’re serving together.
May 01, 2017
Siobhan became an ExtraFood volunteer last September, and after she tried out a few food trips she landed on the Friday Marinwood Market to San Rafael Rotary Manor trip and has been doing it ever since. We so appreciate our “Rockin’ Regulars”, those volunteers who “own” a food trip and create consistency and reliability for our food donors and recipients. Siobhan has completed 75 trips so far and has rescued nearly 3 tons of food!
April 23, 2017
Gary has been a volunteer for just a short time, but he sure has shown great enthusiasm for this work! This week Gary made a delivery of baked goods to College of Marin’s pop-up food pantry just in time for KPIX-TV News to film a segment on ExtraFood’s work there. He’s been known to do a food trip out to San Geronimo and just keep going with a run through Samuel P. Taylor State Park afterwards. And he’s come by our office to share ideas on how we can improve our volunteer program. We’re so psyched that Gary joined our team!
April 16, 2017
Robin joined us in January and has already become an important part of our team. When she finishes a food trip it’s not unusual for her to call in to see if there are other trips she can do while she’s out and about. She has also made several trips from one donor to one or more of our recipient partners in the same day! One of our recipients even took time recently to let us know how wonderful she is. Our volunteers are our ambassadors in the community and we’re honored that Robin is representing us so well!
April 09, 2017
Our Volunteer of the Week is Sarah S. Sarah is an absolutely stellar volunteer, joining us in the very early days of ExtraFood. With great enthusiasm and energy she fits in a regular commitment on the Thursday Civic Center Farmers’ Market team plus the Friday Novato Unified School District food trip. Recently she added the Bon Appetit Management Company trip and manages to fit that one in before volunteering at the Thursday Market! Rescuing a staggering 23,000 pounds of food on 272 food trips, she has accomplished so much in her three years with our team. We are over-the-moon grateful for Sarah’s tremendous dedication to ExtraFood.
April 02, 2017
After doing her very first food trip, Janet decided to commit to owning a regular weekly trip from Nugget Markets in Corte Madera to the People’s Inter-Cities Fellowship in Marin City. She has recovered and delivered more than 4 tons of food since she joined our team 2.5 years ago. Owning a regular trip is an important building block of our program and we are grateful to Janet for her long-term dedication to our cause!
March 26, 2017
Craig has been volunteering for ExtraFood for 18 months, and this week he reached the 300-trip milestone! And he’s delivered nearly 10 tons of food. Wow! He regularly picks up donations from Terra Linda Safeway, Ponsford’s Place- Bakery and Innovation Center, Arizmendi San Rafael Bakery & Pizzeria, and Flour Craft Bakery and delivers to San Geronimo Valley Community Center, Novato Human Needs Center, San Geronimo Presbyterian Church, Maria B. Freitas Senior Community, Center for Domestic Peace, and Martinelli House. We’re so fortunate to have Craig on our team!
March 19, 2017
Ellen has been a core member of our team for three years and we’re SO grateful! Last week she became one of the very few volunteers who has completed 400 food trips—she has recovered more than 25,000 pounds of food! And last week she also stepped in to lead our Sunday Marin Farmers Markets team. Ellen is truly an MVP for ExtraFood and we’re delighted to honor her this week.
March 12, 2017
Marcia was one of ExtraFood.org’s first volunteers, having found out about us through our sister organization in San Francisco, Food Runners SF. She did her first food trip for ExtraFood in January 2014, only one month after ExtraFood was launched. Marcia works for one of our recipients, Center Point, Inc., and she has been able to fit food trips in whenever she can. We appreciate her longtime commitment to ExtraFood and the people we’re serving!
March 05, 2017
Renee joined ExtraFood 6 months ago and she almost immediately signed up to “own” the regular Andy’s Local Market to Marin City food trip each Friday. She’s a working mom so it’s amazing that she still finds time to volunteer for us. Renee has already delivered 5500 pounds of food for those in need!
February 26, 2017
Janet and Chuck C.
The steady-as-ever team of Janet and her husband, Chuck, has been committed to the weekly Marinitas and Insalata’s food trips ever since joining ExtraFood three years ago. Together they have completed 207 trips and they remain two of our most long-standing, dedicated volunteers. We are honored that they continue to share their volunteer time with ExtraFood!
February 19, 2017
With a strong belief in our mission, Jannick joined ExtraFood in July. She has been busy with her regular Noah’s Bagels trips ever since, as well as other trips that she picks up when she can. She’s a great communicator, frequently passing along ideas of how to streamline her food trips, as well as offering suggestions for potential new recipients. We’re delighted to have Jannick on our team—a super duper volunteer!
February 12, 2017
Antonina joined ExtraFood.org 16 months ago and has been a huge supporter of our mission! She has owned the regular Nugget Markets Tiburon-to-Marin City food trip for well over a year, and has recovered 11,000+ pounds of food while completing 53 food trips involving a number of donors and recipient partners! This week she graciously agreed to take extra time on her Nugget Markets trip and be filmed by the KPIX-TV crew. We’re grateful to Antonina for being such a reliable, dependable and all-around great volunteer!
February 05, 2017
Lisa has been a loyal volunteer for 3 years, starting just a month after ExtraFood was launched. She will reach 150 food trips completed in the next few weeks, has rescued more than 2 tons of food and has been the regular volunteer for the Saturday Corte Madera Nugget Market trip for over a year. We so appreciate Lisa’s reliability, consistency and dedication to our cause!
January 30, 2017
Angela completed her first food trip for ExtraFood 16 months ago and has been committed to her regular Thursday pickups, from Taqueria Mi Pueblo and MH Bread & Butter, for almost all of those 16 months. That’s a total of 88 trips and more than 1 ton of food! She recently stepped down from her regular routes because of a work conflict but she will continue to sign up for trips when she can. We honor Angela this week for her faithful, longtime, regular-as-clockwork dedication to those routes—she’s done a ton (!) of wonderful service for those in need.
January 22, 2017
Alison joined ExtraFood.org ten months ago after riding along with a friend on one of our food trips. She quickly signed up to “own” a regular trip once every week—from Nugget Markets Corte Madera to the Enriching Lives through Music program—and after many months of doing that trip, she has recently switched to another regular trip. We’re grateful to be able to rely week-in and week-out on Alison’s service for those in need!
January 15, 2017
Barbara joined ExtraFood in September, but in less than 4 months she has already completed 74 food trips! Wow! She was in great form this week when she arrived at a donor to discover a much bigger donation than we expected. She then delivered some of the donation to one of our recipient partners, circled back to collect more food, and proceeded to deliver to 4 more locations! That’s fortitude for you. We are so lucky to have Barbara’s enthusiasm, drive and energy on our team!
January 08, 2017
Hank has been volunteering for ExtraFood.org for two years, has a great sense of humor, lots of enthusiasm and last week he completed his 300th food trip! Hank regularly does the twice-weekly Fairfax Market-to-San Geronimo Valley Community Center trip. And, he’s often spreading the word about ExtraFood to his friends and recruiting new volunteers. Hank is such an important member of our team and we’re delighted to honor him this week for his huge contributions to ExtraFood and our community.
January 01, 2017
She’s better known as Ras, and Ras is on a roll! Having joined ExtraFood not even 2 months ago, she’s already completed 32 food trips and shows no signs of slowing down. This week she took on 8 trips! Not only is she a great food runner but she also got ExtraFood registered for Genentech’s workplace giving program, which connects us with potential financial donors and volunteers at Genentech. We love her enthusiasm and we’re lucky to have her on our team!
December 25, 2016
2016 Volunteer of the Year - Don C.
We’re delighted to honor the amazing Don C. as ExtraFood’s 2016 Volunteer of the Year. Don joined our team in February as a volunteer food runner. Since then, he has completed 322 food trips in just 10 months. That’s a record number of food trips completed by a volunteer in one year! And, on top of that, he once did 13 food trips in a single week! Another record! He has delivered a total of 20,000 pounds of food: 10 tons in 10 months. That’s incredible work, but Don has also lent his expertise in helping us recruit new food donors, and he also initiated the process that led ExtraFood to start a new food program with the College of Marin.
Don has massive amounts of energy, enthusiasm, and brings a cheerful attitude with him on all of his food trips. All of our food donors and recipients know when Don has arrived because they can’t miss that huge grin on his face! He has become an expert at knowing many of the nonprofits we serve, as well as developing relationships with their staff so that he can make on-the-spot decisions when necessary.
Our partner Erika at Whistlestop, who Don sees each week when he delivers there, said this about Don: “Noone is more cherished in this world than someone who lightens the burdens of others. To me, this is Don. He arrives each week at our Whistlestop Meals of Marin program site with a huge smile and big heart and shares that with each and everyone he comes in contact with at Whistlestop. It’s an honor to work with a wonderful dedicated volunteer like Don!”
The entire ExtraFood staff feels truly lucky to have such a dedicated, passionate, and wonderful volunteer on our team. We salute Don, our Volunteer of the Year!
December 18, 2016
Andrew has been a huge help to ExtraFood because he “owns” the Terra Linda Safeway to Warner Creek Senior Housing food trip every Wednesday! So far he has recovered over 3600 pounds of food. We’re lucky to have him on our team!
December 11, 2016
Elaine joined ExtraFood one year ago and has been volunteering consistently ever since. She takes on many of our Novato food trips—so helpful as we need more volunteers in the Novato area. She has rescued 2.5 tons of food and has completed 75 food trips for those in need!
December 04, 2016
Ernie joined ExtraFood in May 2014 and became a regular member of ExtraFood’s Thursday Civic Center Farmers’ Market team a year later. He has rescued nearly 8,700 pounds of food and has completed 103 food trips! He’s utterly reliable, a delight to work with and a fabulous team player. We salute you, Ernie!
November 27, 2016
Lynne has been a very active volunteer for a year and a half! She has completed ~160 food trips, has recovered more than 1 ton of food and has an established weekly routine for us. She does four regular trips each week, picking up from Noah’s Bagels (Larkspur, CA), SusieCakes Bakery, Chipotle Mexican Grill and MH Bread and Butter Bakery. Yowza! That’s a beautiful thing in the ExtraFood world—we so appreciate volunteers who “own” regular trips and make everything simpler, just as we so appreciate volunteers who sign up for open trips online or via text message. “It takes a village” to enable our county-wide food recovery program to operate throughout the county, free of charge, 365 a days a year. Delighted to have Lynne on our team!
November 20, 2016
Sandy is such an important contributor through volunteering for the Wednesday Corte Madera Farmers’ Market food trip. She took on this trip in August 2015, committing to a weekly pickup at a time when we were having difficulty finding a regular volunteer for the trip. Sandy has continued her commitment to this market, establishing relationships with the local farmers who donate and bringing some of the best produce in the world to people in need.
November 13, 2016
Lynne, our 2014 Volunteer of the Year, is among our longest-serving, most dedicated, and most impactful volunteers. She continues to lead the Thursday team at the Civic Center farmers’ market, is the sole volunteer for the Friday Mill Valley Farmers’ Market, and has delivered more than 19,000 pounds of recovered food! She is big-hearted, passionate about helping to solve the problems of food waste and hunger, and last week reached a milestone: 300 food trips completed. We’re so lucky to have Lynne on our team.
November 06, 2016
Morgan has completed 116 food trips since he began volunteering for ExtraFood. He’s so reliable, never fails to report on his trips, and has been our loyal Marin General Hospital to Homeward Bound of Marin’s New Beginnings regular every Thursday for more than 2 1/2 years! He’s got a super attitude, a great smile, and a huge loyalty to ExtraFood. We’re so grateful to have Morgan on our team!
October 31, 2016
Lee is the first ExtraFood volunteer to complete 500 food trips! He does 4 regular weekly trips and shows no signs of slowing down. And, he helps us out in the office every week. We are so grateful to have Lee’s passion, commitment and loyalty to our cause! Go Lee!
October 23, 2016
Sarah joined ExtraFood just after we started our county-wide food recovery program—one of our original volunteers! So far, she’s completed over 200 food trips and delivered nearly 12 tons of food for those in need! This week she also did some last-minute fancy stepping for us, figuring out a way to switch food trips with another volunteer and helping us avoid a problem. Sarah is one of a number of parents who often bring their kids with them—showing them the truth about the need in Marin and helping them be part of the solution.
October 16, 2016
Peter H. I
Peter has been a volunteer since January 2015 and has delivered nearly 14,000 pounds of food in 161 food trips! He has a regular weekly trip from Nugget Markets Corte Madera to San Rafael Rotary Manor, and this week he also managed to fit in 4 additional trips around the county for those in need. We’re grateful for Peter’s longtime dedication and fabulous volunteering!
October 09, 2016
Marv has been with us since our third month of operation, February 2014. Through his 200 food trips he has recovered and delivered more than 10,000 pounds of food. 5 tons of fabulous food! Marv tells us that it feels good to be delivering food to those in need, and that he also enjoys developing relationships with our food donor and recipient partners. We’re delighted to have Marv’s long-time and continuing dedication to our mission, our partners, and the people we’re serving together.
October 02, 2016
Teresa joined ExtraFood a few months ago but almost immediately jumped in to “own” a regular trip. That’s a pre-scheduled trip that happens the same day and timerange every week. Everyone would love to pick up Comforts’ great food each week and deliver it to the seniors at Bennett House but you’d have to arm-wrestle that trip away from Teresa! She also does a bi-monthly regular trip from Bon Appétit Management Company to Rotary Valley Senior Village. And on top of all that, she just reached the 50-trip milestone! We feel lucky to have Teresa on our team.
September 25, 2016
Elise answered an ad for ExtraFood volunteers on NextDoor, and immediately took on the regular Wednesday evening Fairfax Community Farmers’ Market trip with her two daughters. They are much appreciated at Bennett House, a Mercy Housing California property, where the seniors look forward to their weekly delivery of fresh produce from this delightful mother-and-daughters team.
September 18, 2016
Dan was a trooper last week! He picked up two Byte Foods donations, one which involved such a large donation that he had to double back for the second half after delivering the first half. In the last 10 days he delivered Byte’s generous donations to 7 recipients and still managed to fit in Nugget Markets and Taste Kitchen & Table pickups as well! We are so grateful for Dan’s support during a challenging week of 120+ food trips!
September 11, 2016
Last week Craig was a tremendous help, completing 9 food trips, 7 of which were spontaneous trips (ie. when an unscheduled donation is offered to ExtraFood) plus his 2 regular trips. Also, he has been a terrific contributor to our work at the farmers markets, helping out many times at the Thursday, Friday and Sunday markets. Craig is simply a fabulous volunteer! We’re so grateful he’s on our team.
September 04, 2016
Curt has been a very active volunteer since joining our team in January 2014. With 248 food trips under his belt and 11,000 lbs of rescued food delivered, he shows no signs of slowing down! When Novato Community Hospital recently joined us as a food donor, Curt jumped right in and offered to do the twice-weekly food trips from NCH. He also does a weekly trip from the Novato Unified School District and a biweekly trip from Beso Bistro, one of our Planned Giving donors in Novato. We are hugely grateful for Curt’s dedication to ExtraFood, our partners, and the vulnerable people we are serving together!
August 28, 2016
Karen jumped right in after joining our team and claimed a regular trip—the Wednesday trip from Novato Nugget Markets to Novato Youth Center. It makes everything so much simpler for us and our partners when our volunteers “own” regular trips. It creates consistency, reliability….and our donors and recipients love that familiar face! We celebrate you this week, Karen!
August 21, 2016
Cathy and Ron M.
This dynamic duo are longtime regulars on the Monday Whole Foods trip, the Friday Arizmendi trip and sometimes the Sunday Arizmendi trip as well. This week they’re trying out the new Sunday Costco trip and we couldn’t be more confident that they’ll handle it with aplomb. They’ve delivered nearly 350 donations and have rescued more than 28,000 pounds of food in their two years on our team! They’re fabulous communicators, always passing on important information from their food trips, which helps us to improve our service to our partners. We’re hugely grateful for their long-term dedication to ExtraFood.org, our partners, and the people we’re serving together.
August 14, 2016
Steve recently joined the ExtraFood.org team but has already landed the perfect food trip. He works near Byte Foods so he’s been able to jet over to their warehouse, pick up their wonderful donations, deliver them, and get back to work before anyone misses him! We called on Steve for several spontaneous pick-ups this week in addition to his regular Byte pickup. Plus, Steve is recruiting more volunteers for us. Many thanks to Steve for his great energy and enthusiasm!
August 07, 2016
Last week Matson pitched in while we were down 2 staff members; he did food trips all over the county and helped out at two farmers’ markets, joining the team at the Thursday Marin Farmers Markets and flying solo at the Mill Valley Farmers Market. And, to top it all off, he delivered 300 watermelons to the People’s Inter-Cities Fellowship in Marin City! Catching occasional food trips when he’s home from college, he’s managed to rescue a total of 2500 pounds of food thus far. We honor Matson’s great attitude, big smile and support when we most need it!
July 31, 2016
Julie has been an ExtraFood volunteer for almost 2 1/2 years, and so far she has rescued more than 2 1/2 tons of food. Yowza! We’re grateful to Julie for her long-time dedication to our cause, our partners, and the vulnerable people we’re serving together.
July 24, 2016
Peter H. II
Peter has been volunteering for ExtraFood.org for 16 months and has amassed a total of 264 food trips and 33,000 lbs of rescued food! Every Tuesday he plans his route carefully so he can accomplish 5 regular trips in one morning. This past Monday, he took his grandson, Adam, along with him on three trips. What a great grandpa!
July 17, 2016
Kimberly is a relatively new volunteer, but she sure earned her stars and stripes last week! She did a last-minute trip from a donor, but then found that they had double the amount of food we expected! She is such a team player that she didn’t even bat an eye at delivering to three additional recipients: Mill Street Center, Voyager Carmel Center and Center Point. We’re grateful for Kimberly’s great attitude and willingness to go the extra mile(s) for ExtraFood, for our partners, and for the people we’re serving together.
July 10, 2016
Kelly has been a regular on a Nugget Market food trip to San Geronimo Presbyterian Church for many months, partnering with ExtraFood Volunteer Lani. And, she has also volunteered to handle many other trips heading out to the church, an important partner for ExtraFood.org in West Marin. We are grateful to have Kelly’s energy on the ExtraFood team!
July 03, 2016
Kathy joined us only 3 months ago but has immediately made a big difference, doing the regular Wednesday Corte Madera Nugget trip to Marin Community Clinics’ HealthHub in the Canal. She has already rescued 1800 pounds of food! Kathy is an excellent communicator, eager to help, and always energetic. She even had the time to send us a video clip about why she likes to volunteer for ExtraFood.org for our recent video celebrating our volunteers (here). We’re so glad to have Kathy on our team!
June 26, 2016
Jeff leads the Rotary Club of Terra Linda team for ExtraFood.org at the Civic Center Farmers Market on the third Sunday of every month. He has a great group of volunteers to draw from for his monthly team. We’re grateful to Jeff for his ongoing leadership and his commitment to getting all that great produce to our recipients!
June 19, 2016
Lia joined ExtraFood in April 2014 as part of her high school Climate Change Project’s action plan. This week, newly home from college, she jumped in at the last minute and took on two big trips, picking up terrific donations from Nugget Markets Novato and San Rafael City Schools. We’re delighted to have Lia in the ExtraFood family!
June 12, 2016
Linda joined ExtraFood 6 months ago and has been active every since. Her food trips vary each week, from picking up donations at smaller bakeries and restaurants to picking up at our larger grocery store donors. Although we have many volunteers who “own” regular trips, it’s equally important that we have volunteers like Linda who sign up online for our open trips each week. She has recovered and delivered 1,500 pounds of food thus far and we feel fortunate to have her on our team!
June 05, 2016
Leah is a new volunteer, but she’s a warrior! She immediately jumped on the Terra Linda Safeway trips because they fit nicely into her schedule. Picking up every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, she has already recovered 1200 pounds of food! We’re lucky to have Leah’s great energy, efficiency and enthusiasm on our team.
May 29, 2016
Lisa has been with us for a year and she’s already recovered and delivered more than 3,300 pounds of food for those in need! We are so grateful that she does 4 regular trips every week, picking up from Kaiser San Rafael Medical Center, Lotus Cuisine of India, Byte Foods and Safeway. And on top of all that, she has contributed huge amounts of time and creativity on our Volunteer Appreciation Event Committee. What a volunteer!
May 22, 2016
Kamala is a longtime ExtraFood volunteer, and does a regular food trip from MH Bread and Butter to Martinelli House (a Mercy Housing California property) every week. And she’s also on our Volunteer Appreciation Event committee, contributing great ideas and positive energy for our May 22 event. Such a reliable, thoughtful, and generous volunteer!
May 15, 2016
Ellen is one of our veteran volunteers who contributes to ExtraFood in so many ways. She’s a longtime food runner, completing 283 food trips to date and rescuing a total of 18,000 pounds of food. And twice in the last few weeks she has jumped in at the last minute to lead our team at the Sunday Civic Center Farmers’ Market. She was one of the founding members of the Farmers’ Market team so she’s as experienced as they come! Enthusiastic, funny, and full of creative ideas, Ellen is also playing an important role in planning our upcoming Volunteer Appreciation Event on May 22. Simply an all-around terrific volunteer—we feel so lucky she’s on our team!
May 08, 2016
Deborah is an energetic volunteer, full of creative ideas. She brings her great energy to recruiting food donors, including College of Marin, which has proven to be a consistent and reliable donor. And in addition to doing food trips, she has also been part of our Volunteer Appreciation Event planning team for the past two years. Her input helped shape a great event last year and another great one coming May 22!
May 01, 2016
Sharron has been with us since the very beginning, December 2013, and she’s made a HUGE difference. How? By recruiting numerous food donors into our program, such as Mi Pueblo and El Huarache Loco. Last week, Los Moles San Rafael began their weekly donations—another Sharron success. We have far more requests for food than we can fulfill, so gaining the commitment of new food donors is our top priority. We’re so lucky to have Sharron evangelizing businesses to join with us to battle hunger in Marin!
April 24, 2016
Don has been with us for only 2 months but like a racehorse, he was fast out of the gate, gobbling up food trips, juggling up to 12 food trips per week without breaking a sweat. He’s already delivered more than 2500 pounds of food! And, since even a 10-pound donation can make a huge difference in our community—that could be 20 servings of a main dish from a wonderful Marin business—we should point out that Don has already completed 49 trips. 49 donations to those in need!
April 18, 2016
Since her first trip in February 2014, Sarah has rescued 12,000 pounds of food! She’s a committed member of the Thursday Civic Center Farmers’ Market team, working quickly and collaboratively to gather, sort and deliver the vendors’ generous donations. And that’s not all. She’s also the regular volunteer for the Novato School District pickup every Friday. And yesterday she stepped in to lead the Sunday Civic Center Farmers’ Market team! What an impact Sarah has made for ExtraFood, our partners, and the people we’re serving together.
April 11, 2016
Judy W. and Elizabeth F.
These two generous women from West Marin are a great team and do all their food trips together. They started out on trips going to the San Geronimo Presbyterian Church but recently added the regular College of Marin trip to Bennett House in Fairfax. Because of the pickup time, that one has been challenging to find a regular volunteer, but now we have two, and what a team they are! We’re grateful to have this dynamic duo helping us serve the hungry in our community.
April 04, 2016
Denise does the regular Andronico’s pickup on Fridays and has rescued almost 5,000 pounds of food since she joined our team. And when she’s unavailable she always finds a replacement! What a team player!
March 28, 2016
Lani has been with us a little over a year, and in that time has delivered more than 3.5 tons of food! She’s been a regular on a number of trips, and as a native of Hawai’i always brings the aloha spirit—the joyful sharing of life energy—to everything she does. She volunteers on trips going to San Geronimo Presbyterian Church, an important partner for ExtraFood in West Marin. We are grateful for Lani’s wonderful work and feel lucky to have her on the ExtraFood team!
March 21, 2016
Dan is the fearless team leader for the Rotary Club of Novato Sunrise team that works the Marin Farmers Markets for us the first Sunday of each month. Two Sundays ago the weather and other factors (including a flat tire!) put our work at the market at risk for a time. But Dan kept his cool and rallied his team to brave the elements and deliver lots of great produce for our recipients. Hats off to Dan for his leadership and dedication! He certainly lives Rotary International’s credo: Service Above Self.
March 14, 2016
Dan has been volunteering for ExtraFood since our early days. He frequently has brought his kids along on food trips and is one of many ExtraFood parents passing along wonderful, community-driven values in this way. He recently took on the regular Wednesday Marin General Hospital to Marin City food trip. Volunteers “owning” regular trips find they develop a deeper connection with the food donor and the recipient. And, it makes everything simpler. We are so grateful for Dan’s continued loyalty!
March 07, 2016
Kristen is enthusiastic and passionate about giving back to her community, especially since her kids attended schools that emphasized community service. Last summer she enlisted her son and daughter as volunteers and they helped us out on some food trips and at the Civic Center Farmers’ Market. She’s a terrific communicator, helps out in a pinch, and brings great energy to ExtraFood!
February 29, 2016
Angela has a very busy life but still manages to fit in her regular Thursday food trip from our friends at Taqueria Mi Pueblo in San Anselmo to SparkPoint Marin. We’re grateful to Angela for always making time to help out in our community!
February 22, 2016
After doing her first food trip, Janet decided to commit to a regular trip from Nugget Markets in Corte Madera to Manzanita Recreation Center in Marin City every Tuesday. We’re so lucky that she can dash out from her job during her lunch break to get the trip done! And she’s recovered and delivered nearly 3,300 lbs of food since she joined our team in September. When volunteers “own” regular trips, that makes it even easier for us to maintain our very high standards for reliability, and it makes things simpler for all, too. We’re grateful to Janet for her great energy and dedication!
February 15, 2016
Antonina joined ExtraFood only recently but has jumped in with energy, passion and a willingness to take on two regular food trips with big donations. In just under 4 months, she has recovered and delivered over 1 ton of food! She has helped out on other food trips as well, and once came to the rescue at the last minute at the Friday Mill Valley Farmers’ Market. We are delighted that Antonina has brought her dedication and commitment to our team!
February 08, 2016
Joelle has been an ExtraFood volunteer for almost two years! She did a number of regular trips for quite some time, but lately has been switching things up and trying out a medley of different trips. This week she jumped in on a trip with a brand-new donor, and we relaxed that much more knowing it was in Joelle’s hands. We’re delighted that Joelle continues to be such a dependable and loyal volunteer.
February 01, 2016
Terri leads the Rafael Evening Rotary Club team for ExtraFood on the 4th Sunday of every month at the Marin Farmers Markets. She pulls together a group of volunteers for their monthly commitment; picks up, sets up and returns all the necessary equipment from our storage area; and oversees the collection and distribution of the market donations. We are so grateful for Terri’s continued commitment to leading her team and getting all of that great produce to those in need! She clearly embodies Rotary International’s credo: Service Above Self.
January 25, 2016
Jayne was one of our very first volunteers, joining our team 2 years ago. She’s delivered over 2 tons of food to our recipients! We are grateful to Jayne for her dedication to ExtraFood, to our partners, and to the people we serve.
January 18, 2016
Marcia joined us only a few months ago but has already established herself as a go-getter! Last week she did 6 food trips and also signed up to “own” *four* regular weekly trips—ie. the same day/time/donor/recipient each week—starting this week. When our volunteers commit to regular trips it makes everything even more consistent and simple for us and our partners. We’re grateful to Marcia for her terrific energy and dedication!
January 11, 2016
Hank has been volunteering for ExtraFood for nearly a year. Enthusiastic, funny, energetic and committed, he has not slowed down since the day he joined the team (he’ll be reaching the 200-trip milestone very soon!). He has done a variety of food trips all over the county, including the Sunday Civic Center Farmers’ Market many times, and regularly does the twice-weekly Fairfax Market-to-San Geronimo trip. Even with being responsible for regular trips, he also jumps in and does additional trips where he can. Hank is a terrific team player and a hugely valuable member of our team. We’re delighted to honor him this week!
January 04, 2016
Terri, Craig and the Rafael Evening Rotary Club Team
Our Volunteers of the Week are Terri C and Craig R’s Rafael Evening Rotary Club team. They have jumped into their 4th-Sunday-of-the-month commitment at the Civic Center farmers’ market with tons of vim and vigor! Terri and Craig’s team clearly demonstrates Rotary’s credo: Service Above Self. We are grateful for their dedicated service, great energy, and good cheer.
December 28, 2015
Karen was one of several volunteers who helped staff ExtraFood’s booth at the Marin Country Mart’s Holiday Market, and last week she picked up a few extra food trips while out and about, in addition to doing her regular trips. We, our food donors, our recipients, and the people we serve together are so grateful for Karen’s consistency and dedication to our cause!
December 21, 2015
We’re proud to honor Lee S. as ExtraFood’s 2015 Volunteer of the Year. He’s been with us for 18 months and completed his 300th food trip a few weeks back! And he has no intention of slowing down. “Life has been sweet to me”, said Lee, letting us know that he feels lucky that he has the time and ability to give back to his community. “You get back what you give” was Lee’s reply when asked why he loves to volunteer for ExtraFood. He gets it back big-time when he’s doing his four weekly food trips—whether it’s a generous hug from a recipient, to a friendly wave and maybe a taste of food from a food donor. He’s a great communicator, frequently passing along important information from donors and recipients, and is a wonderful ambassador for ExtraFood in our community. We all feel it’s an honor to be working with Lee to help end hunger in Marin.
December 14, 2015
Sandy is such an important contributor to our weekly pickup from the Corte Madera Farmers’ Market! Every Wednesday, she arrives at the Town Center, meanders through the marketplace, and distributes boxes to the vendors that she has formed relationships with. Later she meets our regular volunteer, Rob R., to hand off the full boxes which Rob then drives to Jewish Family & Children Services. Before Sandy became a volunteer we were struggling to staff this pickup slot on a weekly basis. We are grateful to Sandy for her commitment to getting this healthy produce to those who need it most!
December 07, 2015
Craig has been volunteering for ExtraFood for only 2 months but has already made quite an impact, completing 23 food trips so far! He initially joined us as a Sunday Farmers’ Market volunteer but quickly branched out from there. He has helped out in a pinch many times, jumping in on a number of spontaneous food trips. He still loves his work at the Farmers’ Market, however, helping out at at the Thursday, Friday and Sunday markets. Craig brings a calm and generous spirit and we’re delighted to have him on our team.
November 30, 2015
Virginia joined the ExtraFood team in January and has been a reliable volunteer ever since. We can count on her for 2 regular food trips including the Sunday Marin General trip, and she also jumps in to take on other trips when she can. Everything is simpler for ExtraFood and our partners when our volunteers “own” regular trips—we’re grateful to Virginia for all that she does!
November 23, 2015
Lynne deserves very special recognition for her work with Marin’s Farmers’ Markets. She has been our core recruiter for the markets, developing relationships with the many farmers, vendors and market management. She leads our team each week at the Thursday Civic Center market and volunteers solo at the Friday Mill Valley market. From the beginning months of our presence at the Civic Center markets (May 2014), she organized and staffed the Sunday Market team and worked every Sunday for over a year. With her energy, enthusiasm and creativity (she created our green aprons!) Lynne continues to champion our mission and values, bring in new volunteers, and keep our presence at farmers’ markets strong!
November 16, 2015
Meredith leads the St. Francis Episcopal Church team that staffs ExtraFood’s Civic Center Farmers’ Market pickup/delivery on the second Sunday of every month. Recruited by Sarah S., one of our regular Civic Center Farmers’ Market volunteers, Meredith took the lead early on and has been organizing and recruiting team members since March. We’re so grateful for Meredith’s consistent and dedicated leadership and for getting literally tons of wonderful produce to those in need.
November 09, 2015
Lynne has been busy with food trips since being referred by two of our longtime volunteers, Dan and Sue, and joining ExtraFood in May. Almost immediately she volunteered to handle the regular Saturday morning Chipotle trip, and recently added the regular Noah’s trip as well. We’re always delighted every time a volunteer signs up for a regular trip, especially weekend trips!
November 02, 2015
Since joining ExtraFood in March 2014, Sandy has rescued almost 14,000 lbs of food! Nearly all of that has come from our generous and sustainability-focused friends at @Whole Foods in Mill Valley where Sandy stops in every Thursday to pick up produce, dairy, deli and bakery and deliver it to people who need it in Marin City. We’re grateful for Sandy’s long-term commitment to ExtraFood and for “owning” an important regular food trip on our weekly schedule.
October 26, 2015
Rob has volunteered for ExtraFood for 18 months, has recovered almost 12,000 pounds of food and has just completed his 100th food trip! Rob literally came to the rescue this past week by jumping in, at the last minute, to back up another volunteer and help move a humongous amount of donated food to multiple recipients—twice! That was added to his regular trips including Andronico’s, Branson, the Corte Madera Famers’ Market and Marin General Hospital for a total of 8 trips. Wow! We’re grateful for Rob’s long-term and ongoing commitment to ExtraFood and the partners and people we serve.
October 19, 2015
Marina has been on our team for 16 months and has rescued over 800 pounds of food. And total weight rescued doesn’t come close to telling the whole story: a 20-pound donation might be 20 large burritos headed straight for 20—or more—kids, as on the Taqueria Mi Pueblo San Anselmo trip that she’s done many times. She’s signed up for a variety of food trips when they’re posted at the beginning of the week and sometimes also jumps on spontaneous trips when they come up during the week. We’re delighted to have Marina on the team!
October 12, 2015
Shannon has been absolutely invaluable to ExtraFood. Why? Because she’s been doing a regular food trip (Kaiser Hospital to Mill Street Center) on the weekend, when it can be challenging for us to keep trips handled consistently. Often doing her trips with her young son, she did her first Kaiser trip in September 2014 and has been committed ever since, rescuing 2,430 lbs of food on those Kaiser trips, not to mention helping out on other trips as well. We are blessed to have a volunteer like Shannon who has been as dependable as they come!
October 04, 2015
Amy did a variety of food trips — and was a key part of one of our videos which you can see here — before deciding to become a regular on the Novato Nugget Market trips. Every Tuesday and Thursday she delivers Nugget’s terrific donations to people who are in need, sometimes with her daughter Paige’s help. This week she had a different companion: she was accompanied by a local food writer for a forthcoming story on ExtraFood’s work. That’s just like Amy—to take extra time to help grow our program. She has been part of our team almost since the beginning, thanks to a referral from ExtraFood volunteer Deirdre, and we feel so fortunate to be the beneficiaries of Amy’s dedication and commitment!
September 28, 2015
Lisa D completed her first food trip for ExtraFood in May. Since then she has taken on many trips such as Noah’s, Chipotle and an occasional Farmers’ Market before settling on her regular Kaiser trip and the bi-weekly Lotus Cuisine trip (where she picks up prepared food made for us as part of our Planned Giving program). Lisa cares deeply about reducing food waste and we’re delighted she has a passion for our work!
September 21, 2015
Lisa has been a loyal volunteer for 20 months, starting just a month after ExtraFood was launched. She’s done a wide variety of food trips for us and our partners, including the regular Novato La Boulange trip for 9 months until it closed down. We know we can always count on Lisa and are grateful to have her on our team!
September 14, 2015
Janet and Chuck
Janet, accompanied by her husband Chuck, make up one of our steady husband-and-wife teams. Joining us in March 2014, they quickly saw food trips that matched perfectly with their schedules—the Marinitas and Insalatas trips—and volunteered to do those trips regularly. This summer, Janet and Chuck completed their 100th trip! We’re very grateful for their dedicated service to our cause and our community.
September 07, 2015
Cathy and Ron
Cathy and Ron are a husband-and-wife team and have been with us for over a year. This week their grocery store pickup was twice the normal size, but they handed it gracefully as always. With 160 food trips to date, they have made an enormous difference to ExtraFood and our partners. We are so grateful to have Cathy & Ron on our team!
August 31, 2015
Ernie joined ExtraFood in May 2014 and has done a variety of food trips since then, focused mainly on Kaiser and Arizmendi pickups with a sprinkling of Noah’s Bagels in between. Since the beginning of this year, he has become a terrific regular volunteer on our team at the Thursday Civic Center Farmers Market, where we pick up so much incredible produce from the generous vendors. Ernie is always a delight to work with—a true team player!
August 24, 2015