Food Recovery in Marin County: By picking up excess fresh food from businesses and immediately delivering it to nonprofits serving Marin’s most vulnerable children, adults, and families, we address the critical issues of hunger, food waste, and global warming.

Overview

“There is more than enough healthy food to end hunger in Marin County.…It is a distribution and re-purposing challenge — not a supply issue.”
Marin County Food System Assessment Project (2012)

“In developing the nonprofit, [ExtraFood.org Founder] Zauderer sought advice from Paul Ash, the Executive Director of the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank. Ash said what Zauderer has done is create an opportunity to pick up and deliver edibles the Food Bank simply doesn't have the resources to handle. ‘It’s a great complement to a food bank in any location to have a group that picks up things that aren't cost-effective for us to pick up,’ Ash said. ’When somebody calls us and says they have some oranges, we ask where to send the tractor-trailer.’”
Marin Independent-Journal, July 3, 2014

 

Hunger in Marin

Marin, with one of the highest per-capita incomes of any county in the U.S., is home to more than 49,000 people who don't have a secure food supply. What are the factors that create this need in our community? Get the details on hunger in Marin here.

Food Waste and Global Warming

40% of all edible food in the U.S. is wasted. And if global food waste were a country, it would rank 3rd in greenhouse gas production after the U.S. and China. Reducing food waste is #3 on Project Drawdown's list of 100 most impact solutions to global warming. Get more info about these issues here.

Research

Interested in high-quality research and articles on hunger and food waste? Sources such as the New York Times are increasingly covering the issues of hunger and food waste. Click here for a list.

It is heartbreaking to see men, women, and children go hungry in our community -- a community of such abundance. And it's heartbreaking to see so much high-quality fresh food go to waste.

Please join us to help bridge the gap between abundance and need in Marin: Make a giftDonate food, Volunteer, or Receive food.

 

Supported in part by:

Marin Community Foundation County of Marin The San Francisco Foundation