Restoration Hardware Rooftop and Sausalito Yacht Club
The initial days of the ”shelter in place” seem so long ago now… Remember what the “old normal” was like? Normal was browsing in stores at your local shopping center or eating out with friends or family in neighborhood restaurants.
Restoration Hardware in the Village Shopping Center was one of the restaurants you might have visited by now. They had been planning a Grand Opening for their new 60,000 square foot retail gallery space, equipped with its own rooftop restaurant, when the first days of the pandemic hit. The restaurant cancelled their big launch date and a frantic call was placed to ExtraFood to pick up their food. Around 1,000 pounds to be exact!! ExtraFood volunteers loaded it all up and delivered it to New Beginnings Center.
Sausalito Yacht Club was another organization we received a call from during that time - when businesses were forced to make quick decisions to shut their doors and figure out what to do with all their food. Cessa, one of ExtraFood’s staff drivers, loaded her car as the yacht club staff emptied their refrigerator. 620 pounds of primarily vegetables were recovered. Huge kudos to SYC, Commodore Tom, and Pamela, their General Manager, for knowing to call upon ExtraFood in a crisis to bring their food to people who need it - and prevent it from being wasted!
We are grateful to the other businesses who reached out to us in those early COVID-19 days to rescue and deliver their food including Mayflower Pub, Whole Health Marketing and Iron Springs Brewery and Pub.
National Charity Leage of Southern Marin
Although there have been quite a few changes, the Farmers’ Markets are considered essential right now in Marin - essential to those looking for healthy produce, essential for our wonderful farmers and vendors who rely on on shoppers, and essential for ExtraFood to deliver to recipients in need.
Thank you to our wonderful volunteers that have stepped up to ensure ExtraFood can still participate in recovering healthy fresh food donations from the markets. We want to highlight one group that has been very active in ensuring our Farmers’ Markets have enough volunteers each week - the National Charity League of Southern Marin.
ExtraFood partnered with NCL in the Fall of 2019 when they became the regular volunteer team for every first Sunday of the month at the Civic Center Farmers’ Market. NCL brought a strong group of mother/daughter volunteers, as shown above in the photo, and recovered over 800 pounds of fresh produce at the market on April 7th!
We truly appreciate their partnership and willingness to help our community access healthy food during this challenging time.
Gilead House & Beso Bistro and Wine Bar
Beso Bistro and Wine Bar, located in the Hamilton Field area of Novato, has been a food donor to ExtraFood for 4 1/2 years. Michele, the owner, has a huge, caring heart. Michele knew from the very beginning that her restaurant would be a perfect fit for our Community Meals program, and she was eager to get involved. Michele knew exactly where she wanted to focus- a nonprofit that serves low income women and children. Gilead House was the perfect fit and the rest is a beautiful story of a long relationship built on and kindness and cooking!.
This year, Michelle was presented with the Small Business of the Year Award from the Novato Chamber of Commerce. Michelle credits ExtraFood for providing her the opportunity to connect with vulnerable people in her local community and help them with what she does best - cooking healthy meals! She has even cooked the residents of Gilead House special dinners for holidays such as Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas, and continues to provide meals to the Gilead House moms and their children during these challenging times. (Photo is off her most recent donation)
Beso Bistro’s impact in numbers reveals Michelle’s ongoing dedication and commitment; she has provided almost 2000 meals to date! A big shout out to our very dedicated volunteer, Curt, who has picked up and delivered Michelle’s meals since the beginning of our partnership!