Community Food Donor Spotlight
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.
May 14, 2020
Caterers don’t often have food to donate but when they do, ExtraFood is delighted to pick up their excess food. Prepared food is always so well received by our recipients especially because Marin County caterers prepare some of the best food in the country. Classic Culinaire is no exception. A Novato-based business founded in 2007 by Chef Chad Carlstedt, a graduate of the California Culinary Academy, Classic Culinaire caters to all kinds of occasions in Napa, Sonoma, San Francisco, and Marin. Chad strongly believes in supporting local farms and food purveyors and uses only the freshest ingredients from local sources whenever possible.
March 12, 2020
Sam’s Anchor Cafe
Sam’s Anchor Cafe considers themselves to be “The Most Non-Exclusive Yacht Club on the Bay”! This 99 year old restaurant is a fixture in downtown Tiburon and has long been famous for its incredible views of San Francisco, Alcatraz and Angel Island plus its fun atmosphere, live outdoor music and great seafood! Sam’s was recently added to our growing list of Community Meals donors and will be donating food every other Tuesday. A Community Meal donor is a restaurant who doesn’t have excess food to donate but wants to partner with us to help solve hunger. They cook enough food to feed at least 10 people and its picked up in the same way we pick up recovered food.
February 28, 2020
A family-owned market located at the north end of town, Fairfax Market has been partnering with ExtraFood since Feb 25, 2015 and is just about to reach their 5th anniversary of partnering with ExtraFood! They have been as regular as clockwork with a three times weekly donation since they began donating. Our amazing volunteer, Hank, jumped in shortly after they became an ExtraFood donor to claim this as his regular weekly food trip and has been picking up food ever since! Robin W became the second, long-time devoted volunteer who has been regularly picking up for a couple years now.
February 11, 2020
Whole Foods-Miller Avenue
It’s amazing to have witnessed such a change from one of the original natural food markets turn into the blockbuster chain that Whole Foods is now. What hasn’t changed is their commitment to serving and partnering with their community. ExtraFood’s partnership with the Miller Avenue location in Mill Valley goes back to April 30, 2014! Since then they have donated over 780 times with a total weight of 78,520 pounds! Clarke is the store manager and is extremely committed to getting his team to donate even more food. Following a long remodel for their back receiving entrance, they recently revamped their donation program which allows them to channel higher volumes of donations from all departments.
Thanks, Whole Foods, for your commitment to ending food waste and helping out your community in so many ways!
February 07, 2020
Marin Catholic High School
Marin Catholic, located in Kentfield and founded in 1949, is a Catholic, co-ed college prep high school with an enrollment of 780 students. We have been fortunate to work with a student advocate, Claire B. who has been instrumental in getting their culinary team to start donating the excess food from the cafeteria. We received our first donation a couple of weeks ago and look forward to many more. Claire is watching their events calendar, as well, to support efforts to donate excess food from their many yearly school events.
December 06, 2019
Situated in a gorgeous location just off the freeway in Mill Valley, Piatti looks out over Richardson Bay with Mt Tam in the backdrop. Picturesque views and delicious Italian-inspired food, with an emphasis on local and seasonal, makes this a very popular destination. Piatti joined our Community Meals program in June of this year and has been donating prepared food every other week. Bradley House seniors are the lucky recipients and we are so fortunate to have a regular volunteer, Laurie, who has committed to picking up Piatti’s donations.
Christina, the resource coordinator for Bradley House had this comment to add, “As an added bonus, the arrival of the Piatti’s donation has become a community event! Residents look forward to picking up a nutritious meal, seeing each other, sharing a kind word, and catching up on the day. The residents leave the community room with a smile on their face. This donation has helped us increase food access and decrease isolation with our Bradley House seniors.”
October 22, 2019
One of our newest food donors, and a new eatery in Mill Valley, is Watershed Restaurant, located in the renovated historic Mill Valley Lumber Yard. The space has a hip and casually rustic vibe and their food focuses on contemporary California cuisine using what is available from local farms, ranches and fisheries. They have only been serving food for a few months, having opened in July, but quickly figured out how to donate their excess food from an event to ExtraFood. Fantastic! Visit their website and check them out soon. It’s a beautiful location for drinks and food.
October 09, 2019
Providing gourmet catering to the Bay Area since the mid-1980s, Mangia Nosh is a full-service catering company complete with a full-service wait staff, event coordinators, and all things needed for a large event. Robert, the owner and chef, has been an incredibly generous donor to ExtraFood.
Last week one of our volunteers picked up a donation which included lots of delicious protein including salmon, beef brisket and chicken. Since protein is the Number 1 food request from our recipients, this was a highly nutritious and sought-after type of donation. And, in the “ above and beyond” category, last February, Robert answered our call for help and provided prepared food for Marin’s Coast Guard families affected by the federal shutdown. We are fortunate to have such a close partnership with Mangia Nosh in feeding our most vulnerable!
September 26, 2019
Lonely Mountain Farms
This lovely new farmers’ market donor, based near Watsonville, has been a family affair for years! Owned and operated by Kenny Baker and his wife, Molly, they have been farming 12 acres of organic heirloom vegetables, flowers and fruit trees since 2009 with an emphasis on biodiversity and sustainability. Kenny’s sister and brother-in-law are super involved and all their kids participate too! They have been recently donating massive amounts of beautiful, organic strawberries! Come say, “hi”, to Lonely Mountain Farm and check out their booth at the Thursday Civic Center Market.
Thanks to Lynne S for nominating this beautiful farm and its weekly bounty!
September 11, 2019
Le Chalet Basque
One of Marin’s oldest restaurants, Le Chalet Basque has been serving Basque-style food from the region of France and Spain since 1962. It’s a neighborhood gem where you often see many of the locals dining and drinking at the bar or in the outdoor patio area Patrick, the current owner, who is the son of the original owner, is always bartending, cooking, serving, and stepping into any role that needs filling, all while making each customer feel special. Several times a week we pick up their prepared soup which is made from scratch daily. So good!
August 28, 2019
Located in downtown San Rafael on 4th St, My Thai has been serving comfort Thai food for years. On Friday, ExtraFood volunteer Tobey, the regular volunteer who picks up My Thai’s monthly donation, and Kathy Carver, our Manager of Food Donor Relations, presented a plaque to My Thai owner, Jack and his staff, honoring his commitment to our Community Meals program. For the past two years, My Thai has consistently donated fresh, prepared food which heads over to the seniors at San Rafael Rotary Manor.
August 15, 2019
Tamalpais Community Services District
The mission of the TCSD is to protect and enhance a healthy community in the Tamalpais Valley. Creekside Fridays is their free summer concert event series. It’s a fun community event that is designed for families to come enjoy live music, buy food and beverages, and enjoy their kid’s area which features a bouncy house and face painting. Proceeds go back into the park and recreation community programs and towards fundraisers like 50Kay, which is raising money for their new and recently opened playground.
Each week they have been donating a variety of fruits and veggies, tortellini salad, potato salad, cookies, and the weekly dessert special which all heads over to the People’s Inter-Cities Fellowship Church in Marin City. Thank you TCSD for reaching out to ExtraFood to recover your excess food and thanks to our volunteer, Chris G., for picking up this weekly donation!
July 31, 2019
The MAGC Garden School
The MAGC Garden School is located in the beautiful surroundings and natural world of the Marin Art and Garden Center. Their curriculum is designed to address the developmental needs of children aged 3-5 years and promotes the development of the child through exploration of the arts and the environment while fostering learning and appreciation for the natural world. Recently, we picked up a donation of nonperishable kid-friendly items, which we rarely get and so often get requests for!
July 17, 2019
Byte Foods, a San Rafael-based business, is an innovative pioneer in the food tech industry. Since its early days in 2015, Byte has grown by leaps and bounds, revolutionizing the way employees at Bay Area businesses can access healthy food in vending machines. Byte uses smart refrigerator technology and stocks their glass-front refrigerators with healthy, locally-sourced snacks, meals and drink options. Food preferences are tracked so Byte can be smart about which products are most popular and can find the optimal solution for meeting customers’ needs. ExtraFood has been partnering with Byte since July 2015, picking up their high-quality excess food. Not only has Byte been generous with their food donations but they have also donated six of their refrigerators to ExtraFood recipients: Centertown Apartments, San Geronimo Community Presbyterian Church, Hamilton Meadows, Jewish Family and Children’s Services and People’s Inter-Cities Fellowship have all benefitted from Byte Foods’ generosity!
July 02, 2019
A different kind of burger joint, Gott’s often sports a line of loyal customers snaking out their door. For anyone who craves delicious, high-quality fare in a welcoming, down-to-earth spot, Gott’s is a tried-and-true local favorite. Their versions of American roadside fare and California classics are made-to-order using fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Part of our Community Giving Program, Gott’s prepares meals especially for ExtraFood to deliver to the Marin City Senior Center every month for their senior luncheons. We’re honored to be one of the bridges that connects community-minded local businesses like Gott’s with local nonprofits that serve the needy in our county.
May 21, 2019
Agricultural Institute of Marin (AIM)
This week marks ExtraFood’s 5thanniversary working in partnership with the AIM Thursday and Sunday Farmers Markets to deliver arguably the nation’s best produce and freshly baked bread from local farmers to community members in need across Marin. For 35 years, AIM has been passionately educating the public about the health, environmental, and economic benefits of buying locally grown food directly from farmers, while connecting and supporting communities and local and regional food systems so the public can access healthy and sustainably-grown food. We are so grateful to AIM and the dozens of farmers and market vendors who generously donate food every week to support vulnerable children, seniors, families, and individuals who would otherwise go hungry.
May 05, 2019
Marin Coffee Roasters
More than just a place to get coffee, Marin Coffee Roasters is a community hub. Locals flock to the specialty coffee shop for the delicious coffee, fresh food, good company, and live music. The generous staff at the San Anselmo location provides tasty baked goods donations 7 days a week. Our volunteers love bringing their treats to sweeten the days of recipient partners across Marin.
March 24, 2019
Creekside Pizza & Taproom
Located in downtown San Anselmo, Creekside Pizza & Taproom is a community hub and welcome blend of local hospitality, award winning craft pizzas, Marin’s best selection of craft beers on tap, outstanding wines, and their incredible staff’s commitment to serve the community 365 days a year. A partner in our Community Meals program, Creekside prepares extra pizzas especially for ExtraFood to pick up and deliver to the Marin City Senior Center every month for their senior luncheons. Yum! We are truly proud to partner with Creekside to bring delicious food to support our local seniors in need.
March 10, 2019
Straus Family Creamery
The first 100% organic creamery in the U.S. and a Northern California icon, Straus Family Creamery humbly began as a dairy farm on the shores of Tomales Bay. The beloved artisan creamery currently offers cream-top milk, yogurt, butter, ice cream, sour cream and a variety of wholesale and specialty dairy products distributed throughout Northern California. This week, we were the lucky recipients of a 100+ pound donation of their delicious yogurt. An important source of protein – one of the top requests we receive from our recipient partners – the yogurt was quickly dispersed among grateful organizations throughout Marin, including several in West Marin, not far from the creamery itself.
March 03, 2019
M.H. Bread and Butter
This San Anselmo artisan cafe and bakery is a community hot spot favored by locals and visitors alike. From post-bike and -run weekend warriors to those who simply want to hangout, relax, and enjoy a delicious bite on any given day, customers find amazing food that is accessible, real and unpretentious. Committed to helping nourish the community through food, M.H. Bread and Butter sources ingredients locally, providing delicious baked, breakfast and lunch items. Our recipient partners look forward to their generous daily donations of tasty breads, muffins and croissants.
February 24, 2019
Perry’s on Magnolia
Opened in 2015 and located in downtown Larkspur’s historic Lark Creek Inn space, Perry’s on Magnolia carries forth the 50-year-old Perry’s San Francisco tradition of serving classic American food and warm personable service. Nestled amongst the redwood trees and on the bank of the Arroyo Holo Creek, Perry’s on Magnolia features a variety of outdoor dining options, on their Patio and in the Grove, in addition to a large bar, and casual, lively dining atmosphere. A partner in our Community Meals program, Perry’s prepares extra meals especially for ExtraFood to pick up and deliver to the Marin City Senior Center every month for their senior luncheons. They were also tremendous during last year’s Napa/Sonoma wildfire evacuations, generously making free meals for fire evacuees sheltering in Marin. We are so grateful for Perry’s generosity and dedication to helping us brighten the days of vulnerable residents in Southern Marin and beyond.
February 10, 2019
Trader Joe’s, San Rafael
In addition to their generous weekly donations of produce, dairy, baked goods, prepared foods, and nonperishable foods, this holiday season Trader Joe’s in San Rafael donated hundreds of pounds of turkeys for us to deliver to the needy throughout Marin. We are so grateful to Trader Joe’s for their generosity and for giving us the opportunity to brighten the holidays for so many vulnerable people this year.
January 13, 2019
Urban Remedy is a plant-based organic food company that embodies the belief that Food is Healing. Their ready-to-eat, certified organic salads, bowls, wraps, snacks, desserts, juices, nut milks, and shakes are available at locations throughout Northern and Southern California. The happy staff at the Mill Valley location calls in delicious food donations whenever they have extras to give. We received an especially generous donation from them on Christmas Eve, a wonderful holiday gift for our friends at Voyager Carmel Center and Center Point. It’s such a joy to work with Amy and the friendly and conscientious team at Urban Remedy who make donation pickups so easy.
December 30, 2018
Founded in 2007 by Executive Chef Chad Carlstedt, Classic Culinaire delivers world-class culinary experiences – at weddings, corporate events, birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions – in Marin, Napa, Sonoma and San Francisco. Their caterers focus on providing two things: delicious food and exceptional service. Believing strongly in supporting local farms and food purveyors, they use only the freshest ingredients, locally sourced whenever possible. They are also committed to giving back to their community through charitable endeavors such as donating their services to the AIDS Lifecycle and donating their extra food to ExtraFood. We (and our recipient partners!) are thrilled to receive their delicious food donations whenever they have extras to give.
December 16, 2018
Nugget Markets has been generously donating highly-coveted, high-quality donations of produce, meat, dairy, baked goods, and prepared foods to us since our early days of operation. If that wasn’t enough, each of their three Marin-based stores – Tiburon, Corte Madera and Novato – recently donated gift cards to us so our highest need recipients could shop for the food they need most this holiday season. Nugget’s generosity truly makes our hearts sing! What’s more, their delightful, helpful staff is such a joy to work with. Thank you, thank you, Nugget Markets for your generosity and continued commitment to making our community a better place for all!
December 09, 2018
Trader Joe’s, Greenbrae
Going above and beyond to spread Thanksgiving joy last week, Trader Joe’s generously donated dozens upon dozens of fresh turkeys for us to deliver to food pantries in Marin City and West Marin. We wish you could have heard the joy and excitement emanating from Leticia at the People’s Inter-Cities Fellowship upon receiving 40 fresh turkeys to distribute to the hungry in Marin City. All of our recipients were overjoyed to receive these amazing donations. Thank you, thank you Trader Joe’s for helping us make this an unforgettable Thanksgiving for more than 50 families in Marin County!
December 02, 2018
Mulberry Street Pizzeria
A family-owned business in San Rafael, Mulberry Street Pizzeria is one of Marin’s favorite destinations for award-winning, homemade pizzas, soups, salads and pasta dishes. The Mulberry Street Pizzeria staff have served delicious, innovative dishes to delight Marin locals and visitors for over 30 years. The newest member of our Community Meals program, Mulberry Street Pizzeria makes some of their favorite pizzas especially for ExtraFood to donate every week. We are thrilled to welcome them to the ExtraFood family!
November 04, 2018
Terra Linda Safeway
For four years, Terra Linda Safeway has consistently provided generous donations of baked goods, dairy, and frozen foods to ExtraFood five days a week. The store’s Head Receiver, Dede, keeps their large receiving area so organized, making it easy for our volunteers to be efficient in locating our donations. Dede is our go-to person for any questions or requests. We are so grateful to Safeway and Dede for helping us end food waste in Marin!
October 28, 2018
Novato Community Hospital
Novato Community Hospital is a not-for-profit community-based hospital dedicated to providing high-quality, compassionate care. A small boutique hospital, NCH has a close-knit team that offers one-on-one, concierge-like care in a quiet, modern setting. Their commitment to caring extends beyond the hospital walls through the thrice-weekly donations of prepared food they provide to ExtraFood. Our friends at EAH Housing’s Mackey Terrace Senior Housing and Homeward Bound’s New Beginnings Center are truly grateful for these wonderful donations.
October 21, 2018
This friendly neighborhood market donates their extra food to us 6 days a week. To date, Marinwood Market has made nearly 800 donations of meat, dairy, deli, and produce items to ExtraFood. Protein and fresh produce are the most requested food items we receive, so these donations are highly valued by our recipient partners. We thank everyone at Marinwood Market for helping us provide some of our community’s most vulnerable citizens with fresh, nutritious food while working to combat food waste.
October 07, 2018
Downtown Novato Community Farmers’ Market
Congratulations to our Food Donor of the Week, the Downtown Novato Community Farmers Market! Managed by Agricultural Community Events, last week we picked up the excess fresh produce from their last market of the season. What a difference the market has made this season! A ton of fresh fruits and vegetables for people in need. Seriously! We’re so grateful to ACE and their market for helping us serve vulnerable children, adults, and families in Novato.
September 30, 2018
The Rollin’ Root
Have you heard of the Agricultural Institute of Marin’s The Rollin’ Root? It’s the coolest thing! It’s a mobile farmers market truck that provides nutrition education and delivers fresh, healthy food grown on local farms to underserved communities in Marin. AIM’s goal is to ensure that all members of our community have access to fresh fruits and vegetables, regardless of transportation or economic barriers. How awesome is that? The Rollin’ Root truck also donates their extras to ExtraFood so that we can get this amazing food to even more people in need. Lucky, lucky us!
September 23, 2018
Santa Venetia Market
A full service neighborhood market in San Rafael, Santa Venetia Market proudly offers fresh meat, deli, and produce, as well as a complete line of freshly made prepared foods, salads, burritos, tamales and more. Our recipient partners are always delighted to receive their donations of fresh and healthy dairy, prepared, baked, and non-perishable foods. We‘re so grateful for Santa Venetia Market’s generosity and commitment to helping us end food waste and hunger in Marin.
September 16, 2018
Nugget Markets, Tiburon
Celebrating 90 years in business, Sacramento-based Nugget Markets is owned and operated by 4th and 5th generations of the Stille family. The Tiburon store is one of three Nugget locations in Marin. Their high-quality donations of produce, meat, dairy, baked goods, and prepared foods are highly coveted by our recipient partners. And their delightful, helpful staff is a joy to work with. To our delight, Nugget Tiburon recently added a 3rd donation to our weekly pickup schedule. Lucky us!
September 09, 2018
Safeway Community Market
In addition to their regular, thrice-weekly grocery donations of fresh and packaged food, Safeway Community Market has provided ExtraFood with 1,000s of pounds of shelf-stable food through its “Bag Summer Hunger” program. Through this program, customers purchase pre-loaded bags of non-perishable foods for $10 each that are donated to ExtraFood. Safeway consistently supports Marin County in making sure that the same quality food we see in the store makes its way to those that need it the most. We are so thankful to Safeway Community Markets for supporting our community.
August 26, 2018
Using local, seasonal ingredients, Marinitas features a lunch and dinner menu inspired by dishes found throughout Mexico and Latin America. Their food combines an exciting blend of new and familiar flavors and their bar is dedicated to classic cocktail preparation and selections from south of the border. Longtime contributors to our Community Meals Program, Marinitas prepares extra meals especially for ExtraFood to pick up and deliver to those in need every week. We’re so proud to partner with Marinitas to bring delicious meals to support the young scholars at Huckleberry Youth Programs and Next Generation Scholars.
August 19, 2018
Located in the heart of downtown Larkspur, Donut Alley serves handcrafted artisan donuts and fresh roasted, organic coffee. Under the leadership of Steve and Ann Pring, Donut Alley made their first bakery donation two years ago, and since then has contributed over 6,500 lbs of food. Our friends at Marin Services for Men, People’s Inter-Cities Fellowship, and St. Vincent de Paul always look forward to their deliveries of high quality treats from Donut Alley.
August 12, 2018
Robert Meyer’s Mangia Nosh Catering Company
Providing gourmet catering to the Bay Area since the mid-1980s, Mangia Nosh is a full-service catering company complete with a full-service wait staff, event coordinators, and all things needed for a large event. Our friends at New Beginning were delighted this week to receive a surprise donation of over 100 lbs of delicious prepared food and baked goods. We are truly grateful for Mangia Nosh’s generosity and help in working to end hunger in Marin!
August 05, 2018
Whole Foods Market—Miller Ave., Mill Valley
We’ve been picking up donations of fresh produce, baked goods, dairy products, and prepared food from this fabulous store for more than four years! The residents at Centertown Apartments in San Rafael were so excited when they learned they are the newest recipients of this amazing donation. We are grateful for the bounty of healthy food that comes from Whole Foods Market.
July 29, 2018
Located in Greenbrae’s Bon Air Shopping Center, SusieCakes has been a regular donor since March 2014. They’re an all-American bakery offering classic desserts made entirely from scratch, using simple, natural ingredients. Many of our recipients have enjoyed their delicious treats, especially the seniors at Kurger Pines in Mill Valley. They recently sent a lovely note saying how much these amazing treats add to their weekly Bingo games! Thank you SusieCakes for spreading so much joy in our communities.
July 23, 2018
Wise Sons Bagelry
An offshoot of San Francisco’s well-known Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen and located in the Marin Country Mart in Larkspur, Wise Sons began calling in donations of their extra bagels to us last fall. They recently increased their donation frequency to five days a week. We are thrilled to include Wise Sons on our growing list of “regular” food donors that provide food donations every week. Our recipient partners are equally excited and are always happy to receive their Wise Sons deliveries.
July 15, 2018
Locally owned and operated, CaterMarin provides creative, delicious Californian cuisine for a variety of events — from weddings and corporate events to lunches individualized for a variety of budgets. CaterMarin has donated more than 700 lbs of bulk prepared food to a number of recipient organizations throughout Marin, including a new ExtraFood recipient partner: Buckelew Programs’ Novato Residential Support Services. We are so very appreciative of their delicious food donations!
July 08, 2018
Woodlands Market, Kentfield
The original Woodlands Market, the Woodlands Kentfield location has been serving Marin residents since 1985. Still family-owned and run, Woodlands is a key Bay Area destination for a huge variety of exceptional prepared foods, deli and cheeses. We are so grateful for the delicious, generous donations they have provided us over the past year. Last weekend they surprised us with a fabulous donation of over 200 prepared salads. Every last one of them was gratefully received by our community members in need.
July 01, 2018
Marin General Hospital
Extending their care for our community beyond hospital walls, Marin General Hospital has been donating their excess food to ExtraFood 365 days a year since December 2013, our first month of operation. Mike and his team make sure that the food we receive – all of which is made from scratch in the hospital’s kitchen – is of the highest quality. The impact of MGH’s donations has reached far and wide across our county: to seniors, the homeless, kids, vulnerable families in West Marin, and so many more. We are grateful and honored to be working with Marin General to support our community’s health and well-being!
June 24, 2018
Headquartered in San Rafael, Byte Foods combines fresh food and fresh thinking to change the way employers feed their teams. They offer Bay Area businesses around-the-clock food options by stocking their refrigerated kiosks with healthy, hearty, grab-and-go meals. It’s as easy as swiping a credit card and selecting your food option! Seniors, the homeless, youth organizations, Canal residents, and many more have benefited from our regular deliveries of Byte’s delicious food.
June 17, 2018
San Rafael City Schools
The second public school district in Marin to join our program, the San Rafael City Schools has been donating their extras to us for over 2 years. Since it’s impossible to forecast with 100% accuracy exactly how many kids will be at school and exactly how much they will eat and drink, schools will often have extra food, and we’re glad to partner with them to get it to those in need. A heartfelt “thank you!” to SRCS for their focus on reducing food waste!
June 10, 2018
Based in Sausalito, Clairesquares creates handcrafted artisan Irish treats and other premium sweets. Clairesquares has donated over 700 lbs of their delicious shortbread cookies to sweeten the lives of those served by many of our recipient partners. We’re delighted that Clairesquares continues to send their extra special treats our way!
June 03, 2018
Flour Craft, San Anselmo
Flour Craft is a locally owned, artisan, gluten-free bakery serving bread, pastries, and healthy plant-based meals. One of our very first food donors, Flour Craft has been donating delicious treats to ExtraFood from their San Anselmo location every week since our first month of operation in December 2013. Amazing! They also recently opened a new shop in Mill Valley. Their wonderful food donations support the food pantries at the Marin Community Clinics Health Hub in Novato and the San Geronimo Presbyterian Church.
May 27, 2018
Novato Unified School District
NUSD recognizes the connection between healthy students and their ability to learn. As such, nutrition and minimizing food waste at school are important components of their curriculum. Since it’s impossible to forecast daily attendance with100% accuracy, they sometimes have extra food that they generously donate to us. We delight in bringing these yummy meals and snacks to those in need, including children at local YMCA and Head Start after-school programs. Miguel Villareal and his team at NUSD are true leaders in our county’s school system.
May 20, 2018
The Branson School
A private high school dedicated to inspiring excellence in a nurturing, vibrant educational community based on personal and intellectual integrity, The Branson School was ExtraFood’s very first food donor back in December 2013. Since then, they have consistently provided generous prepared food donations that our volunteers bring to grateful recipients at the San Geronimo Community Presbyterian Church every week.
May 13, 2018
The winner of multiple awards, Los Moles serves delicious, filling moles and other Mexican dishes utilizing the distinct flavors of traditional Mexican pueblos and showcasing them with a modern twist. Founder and Chef, Lito Saldaña uses family recipes with no gluten, lard, refined sugar or other artificial ingredients and uses only fresh, local ingredients. We’re delighted to bring Los Moles’ generous weekly donations to Next Generation Scholars and the Mill Street Center.
May 06, 2018
County Line Harvest
County Line Harvest is a certified organic farm located near the Marin/Sonoma county line. They donate beautiful, fresh produce to our team of volunteers each week at the Sunday Civic Center Farmers Market, as well as whenever they have extras to give. Our recipient partners delight at receiving their bountiful donations and we are truly grateful to them for sharing their harvest with us.
April 29, 2018
Kaiser donates their extra food to us 7 days a week, and the bulk of their donations are complete, microwaveable, mostly organic meals. These meals are highly coveted by a number of our recipient partners whose primary food needs include proteins and complete meals. Kaiser contributes to the health and wellness of our community in so many ways, and we’re grateful that they’re a longtime member of the ExtraFood community.
April 20, 2018
Taste Kitchen & Table
Located in downtown Fairfax, Taste Kitchen & Table is a full-service bakery and café offering breakfast, lunch, meals-to-go, healthy snacks, pop-up dinners, special events and catering. Their terrific food is made from organic, seasonal, fresh-from-the-farm ingredients. Owners Rochelle and Lorenzo donate their delicious savory and sweet pastries and salads to us whenever they have extras. The seniors at nearby Bennett House look forward to their tasty treats!
April 15, 2018
The former Ross Grocery (a.k.a. Eddie’s), Ross Landing is an historic corner deli in downtown Ross. Well known for their breakfast and lunch sandwiches, Ross Landing also offers salads, snacks, drinks, and family-friendly wine tasting events, as well as rents out space for private events. Our recipient partners have been greatly enjoying their delicious donations of prepared items, baked goods, and dairy.
April 08, 2018
Starbucks, Grand Ave., San Rafael
One of the stops on our “Central Marin Starbucks” food trip, the Grand Avenue Starbucks has consistently provided delicious donations of individually packaged prepared food and baked goods, 7 days a week, since they began donating to ExtraFood in February. The staff is always friendly, helpful, and organized, with their donations packaged and waiting for our volunteers when they arrive. Thank you, Grand Avenue Starbucks for your commitment to helping end food waste in our community!
April 01, 2018
Woody’s Yogurt Place
An award-winning, family-run business, Woody’s has served the highest quality frozen yogurt, ice cream and milk shakes to customers from all over Marin since 1998. They have the largest selection in Marin County with six frozen yogurt machines and 18 ice cream flavors. Woody’s is the only place in Marin County where you can find Mr. Smith’s Frozen Custard and Sweet 16 super low calorie dessert. The residents at Pilgrim Park Apartments in San Rafael were delighted to receive a special delivery of donated treats from Woody’s earlier this month. We look forward to working more with Woody’s!
March 25, 2018
Peet’s Coffee, Greenbrae
Peet’s Coffee offers superior quality coffees by sourcing the best quality coffee beans in the world, adhering to strict high-quality and taste standards, and controlling product quality. One of the stops on our famous “Southern Marin Coffee Buzz” food trip, Peet’s generously donates tasty baked goods three times a week to support our friends at the Marin City Senior Center, Performing Stars and the People’s Inter-Cities Fellowship.
March 18, 2018
Consistently rated “Best of Marin,” Comforts Cafe in San Anselmo has been offering fine city and home-style food since 1986. Their menus change regularly to reflect what is fresh and in season, using only the best quality ingredients, and sustainably raised meats and organic produce from local farms. Comforts has been generously donating delicious, highly-sought-after prepared food since ExtraFood began in December 2013. The seniors at Bennett House in Fairfax always look forward to their tasty deliveries every Tuesday and Friday.
March 11, 2018
Mi Pueblo San Anselmo
Mi Pueblo takes pride in creating dishes based on a strict selection of fresh, high quality, traditional Mexican ingredients. And it shows! A regular contributor to our Planned Giving Program, Mi Pueblo creates delicious dishes specifically for ExtraFood to pick up and deliver every week to our recipient partner, SparkPoint of Marin. Our recipients and volunteers can’t say enough about their wonderful food and generosity of heart.
March 04, 2018
Not only does Barton’s Bagels serve up coveted New York style bagels, but they’re community-minded, too. Their recent generous donations of over 50 lbs of extra bagels have fed vulnerable community members from Ponderosa Estates, Voyager Carmel, SparkPoint Marin, and St. Vincent de Paul. We can’t wait to share their delicious extra food with more recipient partners!
February 25, 2018
Equator Coffees & Teas
A women-owned, award-winning green business co-founded by Helen Russell and Brooke McDonnell in 1995, San Rafael, CA-based Equator Coffees & Teas is a specialty coffee roaster, tea purveyor, and coffee farm owner. Since joining the ExtraFood fold last fall, Equator has committed to bi-weekly food donations to support our ever-growing food recovery program. We are truly grateful for their generosity and commitment to serving the hungry in our community.
February 18, 2018
Lotus Cuisine of India
A family-owned, North Indian restaurant in downtown San Rafael, Lotus specializes in using the finest ingredients possible: local, organic and fresh. Owners Surinder (Pal) and Linda Sroa provide ExtraFood with delicious food through our Planned Giving program. Every week, for the past 3 years, Lotus has made extra chicken tikka masala, rice, and naan especially for ExtraFood to deliver to vulnerable seniors in San Rafael. We are truly grateful to Lotus for their continued generosity and commitment to helping us end hunger in Marin!
February 11, 2018
Mill Valley Market
Locally owned and operated by the Canepa family since its founding in 1929, Mill Valley Market prides itself on quality, customer service, selection, and community involvement. Their shelves are stocked with unique and interesting products (many of them coming from their customers’ suggestions), as well as everyday grocery staples. Their full-service gourmet deli, catering department, and wine and spirits selections are favorites among locals. We’re delighted and grateful that they’re working with us to get food to those who struggle in our community.
February 04, 2018
A family-owned, community-focused grocery store, Fairfax Market been donating fresh produce, dairy products and packaged food to ExtraFood, three days a week, for three years. To date, they have donated over 24,500 lbs of food! Our friends at the San Geronimo Valley Community Center, Marin Services for Men, and St. Vincent de Paul truly appreciate their generous donations.
January 31, 2018
Sweet Things Bakery
Committed to providing the highest quality sweets with the best possible ingredients, Sweet Things has been serving Bay Area customers and restaurants from their extensive menu of delicious desserts for 36 years. To the delight of our recipient partners, they’ve recently started providing bi-weekly donations of their popular treats. Yum!
January 21, 2018
Customers first. Believe in being nice. Keep it real. Deliver on quality. Make progress. Philz Coffee follows these simple rules to fulfill its mission to better people’s lives one cup of coffee at a time. If their following of dedicated Philz Coffee lovers is any indication of their success, we’d say mission accomplished. Our recipient partners delight in receiving all sorts of delicious prepared foods and baked goods donations from their tasty menu.
January 14, 2018
Trader Joe’s, San Rafael
The first Trader Joe’s opened its doors in Pasadena, CA in 1967 and quickly became known for its wholesome products, great value, and team dressed in cool Hawaiian shirts. We’re delighted to partner with them to bring generous donations of baked goods, produce, dairy, meat and prepared food every week to support our recipient partners St. Vincent De Paul Society of Marin County and the San Geronimo Presbyterian Church.
January 07, 2018
Woodlands Market has served Marin County since 1985. Founded and owned by grocery entrepreneur Don Santa and still family-owned and run, Woodlands is a key Bay Area destination for a huge variety of exceptional prepared foods, deli and cheeses. We are so thankful for the generous donations of delicious extra prepared food they provide 5 days a week. Their donations have been particularly appreciated this holiday season, providing many much-needed meals for Whistlestop’s Meals on Wheels program. We thank Woodlands for helping to brighten the holidays for many of our county’s most vulnerable people and for their continued support of ExtraFood.
December 31, 2017
MH Bread and Butter
An artisan cafe and bakery in San Anselmo, MH Bread and Butter’s goal is to help nourish the community through food. Sourcing ingredients from within the community, providing amazing food that is accessible, real and unpretentious, MH Bread and Butter is a place for people to gather, relax, and enjoy. Our recipient partners look forward to their generous daily donations of tasty breads, muffins and croissants.
December 24, 2017
Integrated Community Services’ Growing Excellence in Marin (GEM) Program
We’re so grateful for GEM’s recent donation of fresh produce grown by participants of their garden-based vocational program. From sowing the seeds to selling the produce, GEM participants learn about horticulture through direct, firsthand experience, acquiring the job skills needed to be ready for competitive employment. We are truly proud to partner with such a wonderful program!
December 17, 2017
Whole Foods Mill Valley
We’ve been picking up donations of fresh produce, baked goods, dairy products, and prepared food from the Mill Valley Whole Foods on Miller Ave. for nearly four years. To the delight of our recipient partners, they’ve recently added two more regular donations for a total of four weekly donations. We are truly grateful for the bounty of healthy food that comes from Whole Foods.
December 10, 2017
Balboa Café’s modern American bistro menu emphasizes the best of California’s foods and flavors. They’re committed to partnering with local farmers and foragers as well as sourcing sustainable proteins for their meals. Their executive chef’s cooking techniques vary from cutting edge styles to classic favorites with keen attention to local organic produce. Healthy proteins are a hot commodity among our recipient partners and we were so pleased to surprise the People’s Inter-Cities Fellowship this week with a highly valued donation of 100 pounds of turkey breasts for their food pantry thanks to Balboa Café.
December 08, 2017
Sweetmill Food Company
Founded in 1979, Sweetmill Food Company delivers fine baked goods to locations throughout the Bay Area. From cakes, pies, and cookies to quiche, pirokshi, and bagels, their extensive list of sweet and savory items can meet any baked goods need. We love surprising our recipient partners with their generous donations of tasty treats.
November 26, 2017
Patagonia Provisions offers delicious, healthy food while working to drive positive change in our food system. We recently received a very generous donation of 4 large cases of hundreds of shelf-stable soups, a result of a special offer at Good Earth Natural Foods’ two stores. For each purchase of one of their terrific soups, Patagonia Provisions provided a matching donation to ExtraFood. Our amazing volunteers have been distributing the soups to grateful recipients all across the county. What a treat!
November 19, 2017
Beso Bistro and Wine Bar
Located in the Hamilton Field area of Novato, Beso Bistro serves up a delicious menu of dishes made from local, organic produce, pasture-raised chicken and beef, and sustainably-raised seafood. Demonstrating their commitment to serving their community, the wonderful Beso Bistro staff creates meals especially for ExtraFood each month as part of our Planned Giving Program. The families at Gilead House always look forward to receiving their delicious and healthy donations.
November 12, 2017
Congregation Rodef Sholom
A Reform Jewish Congregation in San Rafael, Congregation Rodef Sholom extends their commitment to caring for people beyond their immediate community and into the community at large. We are truly grateful for their continued support of ExtraFood through generous monthly prepared food donations and helping to spread the word about our county-wide food recovery program. The residents and kitchen staff at Homeward Bound of Marin’s New Beginnings Center look forward to their delicious donations each month.
November 05, 2017
A central part of the San Anselmo community, Insalata’s has been creating delicious Mediterranean-inspired food in a beautiful environment for over 20 years. One of ExtraFood’s original “Planned Giving” donors, Insalata’s has been making meals specifically for our food recipients every week since ExtraFood’s inception in 2013. Chef/Owner Heidi Krahling, her husband Mark, and the entire Insalata’s team were tremendous during the Napa/Sonoma wildfire evacuations, generously making free meals for fire evacuees sheltering in Marin.
October 29, 2017
Located in the heart of downtown Larkspur, Donut Alley serves handcrafted artisan donuts and fresh roasted, organic coffee. Under the leadership of Steve and Ann Pring, Donut Alley made their first bakery donation two years ago, and since then has contributed over 4,000 lbs of food. Our friends at Marin Services for Men, People’s Inter-Cities Fellowship, and St. Vincent de Paul always look forward to their deliveries of high quality treats from Donut Alley.
October 22, 2017
Wise Sons Bagelry
A long-time San Francisco institution, Wise Sons recently opened its first brick-and-mortar store outside of the city in the Marin Country Market in Larkspur. We are proud to welcome them as a brand new ExtraFood donor offering Jewish comfort food made from the freshest California ingredients. Their breakfast and lunch sandwiches are especially popular. We thank Wise Sons for the two donations they made their very first week working with ExtraFood.
October 15, 2017
Locally owned and operated, CaterMarin provides creative, delicious Californian cuisine for a variety of events — from weddings and corporate events to lunches individualized for a variety of budgets. In the past six months CaterMarin has donated 200 lbs of bulk prepared food to the Helen Vine Recovery Center and Homeward Bound of Marin’s Mill Street Center. We are so very appreciative of their delicious contributions!
October 08, 2017
Zero Breast Cancer
Zero Breast Cancer promotes breast cancer risk reduction through translation of scientific research and evidence-based recommendations that support health and wellness at key stages of life. Our friends at the People’s Inter-Cities Fellowship in Marin City were delighted to receive their gracious donation of over 180 lbs of healthy extra food from their Annual Dipsea Hike fundraiser. We are honored to work with such an important community organization!
October 01, 2017
Whole Foods San Rafael
Most of us are familiar with Whole Foods’ commitment to the highest quality fresh and locally sustained products. Whole Foods’ mission to improve the lives of people in the community may not be as publicized, as but is very clear to us. Whole Foods San Rafael has donated over 43,000 pounds of food to ExtraFood this year. Their delicious produce, bakery items and prepared food have made their way to over eight sites, including Oma Village, SparkPoint Marin Center, Parnow Friendship House, and Schurig Center for Brain Injury. What a fabulous partner Whole Foods San Rafael continues to be!
September 24, 2017
Starbucks, Terra Linda
Since joining up with ExtraFood in May of this year, Starbucks, Terra Linda has already donated over 750 lbs of delicious ready-to-eat prepared meals and snacks and pastries. Eager to distribute their extra food to community members in need, they recently increased their donations from two days and week to six! We are truly grateful to all of the wonderful employees at this Starbucks for their dedication to helping make a difference in their community.
September 17, 2017
Panera’s credo is simple and powerful: “Food should taste good. It should feel good. It should do good things for you and the world around you.” We appreciate Panera’s terrific donations, as does our recipient partner for Panera’s donations, Episcopal Senior Communities’ Novato Independent Elders Program at the Margaret Todd Senior Center.
September 10, 2017
Ann Walker Catering
AWC was founded in 1976 by executive chef Ann Walker, who travels throughout the world conducting food and wine research, and looking for new recipes and ingredients. AWC incorporates local, sustainable and organic ingredients whenever they can into their menus. Donations of salmon, Jamaican Jerk chicken legs, and Jamiacan coconut rice are just a few of the recent donations our recipients have been able to enjoy. Of course, caterers can never risk making too little for their events, so we’re happy to pick up their extra when they have too much! http://www.annwalkercatering.com
September 04, 2017
Starting as a small food truck business, Johnny Doughnuts has grown into a terrific store you can find on the west end of 4th Street in downtown San Rafael. Tasty, artisan doughnuts are handcrafted with the finest organic cool-milled wheat flour and ingredients from locally-sourced vendors. They offer a huge selection of doughnuts including a fabulous gluten-free one!
August 27, 2017
Guide Dogs for the Blind
An industry-leading guide dog school, San Rafael’s Guide Dogs for the Blind prepares highly qualified guide dogs to serve and empower individuals who are blind or have low vision throughout the United States and Canada. All of their services for their clients are provided free of charge. We are so grateful for the donations of extra produce, dairy, and prepared foods they provide whenever they have them.
August 20, 2017
Safeway Community Markets
In addition to their regular, thrice-weekly grocery donations of fresh and packaged food, this week we benefitted from an incredible donation of over 6,000 lbs (that’s 3 tons!) of shelf-stable food collected through Safeway Community Markets’ “Bag Summer Hunger” program. Through the month of June, their customers purchased pre-loaded bags of non-perishable foods for $10 each that resulted in the 6,000+ lb donation. Our recipient partners were thrilled to receive this food, which was distributed among many vulnerable children, families, and individuals throughout Marin.
August 13, 2017
Our recipient partners are always delighted to receive Rodriguez Farms’ beautiful and generous donations. Rodriguez Farms’ berries are well-known and coveted among Bay Area residents for good reason. They are sweet and delicious, a testament to the care and commitment to quality of this family-owned farm. Rodriguez Farms donates to ExtraFood at multiple farmers markets in Marin.
August 06, 2017
Specializing in delicious authentic Thai cuisine, My Thai restaurant is an important member of our Planned Giving program. Each month, they generously make some of their favorite dishes specifically for ExtraFood to pick up and deliver to our recipient partner, the San Rafael Rotary Manor.
July 30, 2017
Safeway San Anselmo
Safeway San Anselmo‘s baked goods donations have made a HUGE impact on our community. In just 9 months, they have donated nearly 20,000 lbs of food (that’s 10 TONS!)—equivalent to 16,500+ meals—to 20 of our local recipient partners in need. We are truly grateful for their generous donations and commitment to helping reduce food waste and end hunger in Marin.
July 23, 2017
A Fork Full of Earth
A farm-to-table catering business, A Fork Full of Earth crafts original, seasonally driven menus cultivated entirely from Marin and Sonoma County’s organic and transitional local farms and artisans. This month, in partnership with ExtraFood they initiated a special program offering their clients the option to purchase additional portions of their delicious dishes to donate to ExtraFood. What a wonderful way to give back to our community! Our friends at Mill Street Center were touched and grateful for their and their clients’ generous and delicious donation this weekend. We are so proud to partner with such a bighearted, community-minded business!
July 16, 2017
Sprouts Farmers Market
Committed to inspiring, educating and empowering people to eat healthier and live a better life, Sprouts Farmers Market proudly offers healthy living choices for less. They consistently provide us with incredible produce, prepared, bakery and dairy donations each Sunday which supports the San Geronimo Presbyterian Church’s food pantry. To date, they have donated over 16,800 lbs of food to support the hungry in Marin.
July 09, 2017
We’re delighted to spotlight Marinwood Market in sunny San Rafael as our Food Donor of the Week. In addition to their 6 weekly donations, this friendly neighborhood market surprised us with a wonderful spontaneous donation of over 200 lbs of fresh meat this week. Keeping our recipient partners in mind, the fine folks at the market took time to freeze the meat prior to its expiration date to ensure a fresh donation delivery. Our friends at St. Vincent de Paul were delighted to receive this special protein-packed donation. We thank Marinwood Market for the energy they put into helping us provide some of our community’s most vulnerable citizens with fresh, nutritious food while working to combat food waste.
July 02, 2017
Firehouse Coffees & Teas
Within weeks of opening, Firehouse Coffees & Teas began donating their extra food to help vulnerable members in our community. Their delicious prepared salads and sandwiches have lit up the faces of the families and kids served by our recipient partners at the People’s Inter-Cities Fellowship in Marin City and LifeSTEPS afterschool program in Tiburon. We love Firehouse for their great coffees, teas, food, and for giving back to those in need!
June 27, 2017
Clairesquares of Sausalito creates handcrafted artisan Irish treats and other premium sweets. This week, Clairesquares donated over 100 lbs of their delicious shortbread cookies to sweeten the lives of those served by four of our recipient partners: Marin City Senior Center, St. Vincent de Paul, People’s Inter-Cities Fellowship, and SparkPoint Marin. We’re delighted that Clairesquares has chosen to send their extra special treats our way!
June 18, 2017
County Line Harvest
County Line Harvest is a certified organic farm located near the Marin/Sonoma county line. They donate beautiful, fresh produce to our team of volunteers each week at the Sunday Civic Center Farmers Market, as well as whenever they have extras to give. This week, they generously donated over 2 pallets of delicious melons and pumpkins, which we delivered to 5 delighted recipient partners. We are truly grateful for County Line for sharing their bounty with ExtraFood and our recipient partner organizations.
June 11, 2017
Starbucks, 4th St. San Rafael
Demonstrating its commitment to positively impacting the communities it serves, the 4th Street Starbucks in San Rafael generously donates prepared foods and baked goods 7 days a week to benefit our San Rafael recipient partners Voyager Carmel, Downtown Streets Team, and Family Center. We are so proud to team with Starbucks to help build better communities.
June 04, 2017
Brandeis Marin, an independent Jewish day school, serves K-8 students and their families in San Rafael. Providing students with an innovative, project-based education infused with spiritual exploration and discovery, Brandeis also encourages their students to give back through service learning. Leading by example, the school has generously donated their delicious extra food to us after school events. Thank you, Brandeis for helping to alleviate hunger and waste in Marin!
May 30, 2017
Il Fornaio, Meadowcroft Wines & Paradise Flowers
Our Food Donors of the Week, Il Fornaio, Meadowcroft Wines, and Paradise Flowers provided incredible, generous donations for our Volunteer Appreciation Event on May 16th. Our guests raved about about Il Fornaio’s award-winning Italian cuisine; Meadowcroft Wines’ delicious white and red varietals paired beautifully with the food; and Paradise Flowers’ gorgeous floral arrangements helped to create a beautiful, festive atmosphere. These tremendous donors truly made our party a memorable celebration.
May 21, 2017
Taqueria Mi Pueblo
Taqueria Mi Pueblo in San Anselmo takes pride in creating dishes based on a strict selection of fresh, high quality, traditional Mexican ingredients. And it shows! A regular contributor to our Planned Giving Program, Mi Pueblo creates delicious dishes specifically for ExtraFood to pick up and deliver to our recipient partner, Spark Point of Marin. Our recipients and volunteers can’t say enough about their wonderful food and generosity of heart.
May 14, 2017
Agricultural Institute of Marin
Committed to quality over quantity when it comes to farmers markets, The Agricultural Institute of Marin (AIM) currently manages seven Certified Farmers Markets in the Bay Area and represents over 300 family farms, specialty food purveyors, and artisans. AIM farmers and food purveyors have donated well over 100,000 lbs of beautiful produce, baked goods and specialty items from two weekly markets since AIM’s first donation in 2014. We are truly grateful to AIM for their contributions to the cause of ending hunger and food waste in our community.
May 08, 2017
Target Marin City
Target is a new member of the ExtraFood family. They joined us in March and have donated over 2,000 pounds of food so far, nearly all of which we’ve delivered to vulnerable people in Marin City. This Target location has truly lived up to the Target belief in being an active corporate citizen and good neighbor. We’re looking forward to a long and fruitful partnership!
May 01, 2017
Patagonia Provisions offers delicious, healthy food and also works to drive positive change in our food system. Last month they ran a special offer at Good Earth Natural Foods’ two stores, providing a matching donation to ExtraFood for each purchase of one of their terrific soups. This week a box with hundreds of soups arrived on our doorstep! It makes our day when we see the smiles on the faces of our partners at such organizations as SparkPoint Marin and Lifehouse Agency as we deliver the food. We are so grateful to Patagonia Provisions for this generous donation.
April 23, 2017
Located at 471 Magnolia Avenue in Larkspur, Donut Alley is a fixture in Marin County. Steve Pring bought Donut Alley in 2008 bringing a family business and tradition from Berkeley. A friendly atmosphere, good donuts, the aroma of fresh brewed organic roasted coffee that “dabbles in the unexpected”, and a sense of pride for the neighborhood is only a part of what makes Donut Alley such a wonderful addition to our ExtraFood family of donors. Their delicious donuts are a favorite of St. Vincent de Paul Society and People’s Inter-Cities Fellowship. One trip to their location and it is easy to understand why their baked-from-scratch delights are such a desired treat. ExtraFood is thrilled to assist in bringing such sweetness to brighten so many lives.
April 16, 2017
Sutter Health Novato Community Hospital
NCH is a community-based hospital providing 24-Hour Emergency, General Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery including Joint Replacement Surgery, Critical Care and Laboratory Services. They donate terrific prepared food, which enables us to give more vulnerable residents of our county more access to healthy meals. For example, Kelly, the resident manager at our recipient partner Mackey Terrace (an EAH Housing facility), says, “These prepared food donations create a sense of community for our residents as they share stories while eating this great food together.”
April 09, 2017
Safeway Community Markets
Safeway Community Markets in San Anselmo, formerly Andronicos, is a welcome addition to our community of food donors. Safeway consistently provides communities with great food. Few realize how much they support Marin County in making sure that the same quality food we see in the store finds it way to those that need it the most. We deliver their dairy products, deli items, produce and groceries to our partners, who make sure this food finds it way to the homes of families young and old, singles, and seniors. We are so thankful to Safeway Community Markets for supporting our community.
April 02, 2017
Le Comptoir is a French bistro with a modern feel in downtown San Rafael, featuring classic yet casual bistro food. They joined our county-wide food recovery program last week and we’re delighted to welcome them to our program!
March 26, 2017
Costco is a big donor with a big heart! Lafo and his co-workers have already donated more than 4 tons of produce, dairy, packaged goods, and baked goods to ExtraFood, which we’ve delivered to such locations as St. Vincent De Paul Society of Marin County, Pilgrim Park Apartments, Catholic Charities Canal Family Support, and College of Marin.
March 19, 2017
Fairfax Market is a family-owned, community-focused grocery store. They’ve been donating fresh produce, dairy products and packaged food to ExtraFood, three days a week, for just over two years. Our regular volunteer, Hank M, delivers their weekday food donations out to the San Geronimo Valley Community Center and, on the weekends, their food goes to Marin Services for Men. Fairfax Market’s staff are all great to work with and we’re delighted to be partnering with them to serve those in need!
March 12, 2017
Sweetmill Food Co.
Founded in 1979, Sweetmill, a wholesale food distributor, provides a wide variety of sweet and savory gourmet baked goods throughout the Bay Area. This week we’ll pick up 50 boxes of sweet and savory treats including 30 boxes of chicken burritos. What a great donation!
March 05, 2017
Andy’s Local Market
Andy’s has two San Rafael locations, Andy’s Sun Valley Market and another store out on Pt. San Pedro Road. They’re a locally-owned company with quality food, great prices, and a commitment to community-based programs and activities. Each Friday we pick up their donations from their Sun Valley store and deliver them to our partners in Marin City. Their donations are abundant with dairy, packaged goods, deli items and more. We love their staff—a pleasure to work with!
February 26, 2017
Trader Joe’s - San Rafael
Trader Joe’s will be celebrating their 50th anniversary this year! The first Trader Joe’s opened its doors in Pasadena, CA in 1967 and quickly began crafting their brand as a wholesome store (with their team dressed in cool Hawaiian shirts), offering great value on all their products. They reached 400 stores 3 years ago and continue to add more each year. We just started picking up from their San Rafael store a couple Sundays ago and their staff has been great to work with!
February 19, 2017
Good Earth Natural Foods School Lunch Program
Located in Novato, the program serves over 4,000 students each week. They began their program in August of 2003 and now serve twelve Marin County schools. They also provide senior lunches to 6 community Senior Centers, including our partner San Geronimo Valley Community Center. Their focus has always been on providing healthy, organic and highly nutritious food to our community. Last week, because so many schools had been closed due to the storm, we picked up a terrific donation which we brought immediately to the great people at the Downtown Streets Team in San Rafael.
February 12, 2017
Nugget Markets - Tiburon
Owned and operated by the 4th and 5th generations of the Stille family, Nugget is based in the Sacramento area and also owns stores in Novato and Corte Madera. Their Tiburon team is great to work with and they always have terrific, high-quality donations for us to pick up for those in need. Our volunteer Antonina says, “The staff there really cares about our mission and they love being part of the solution!”
February 05, 2017
Beso Bistro and Wine Bar
Located at Hamilton Field in Novato, Beso Bistro crafts all of their dishes using local, organic produce, pasture-raised chicken and beef, and sustainably-raised seafood. Because owner Michelle is so committed to giving back to her community, she has chosen to make a special meal every other week for ExtraFood to pick up as part of our Planned Giving program. ExtraFood Volunteer Curt W. delivers the meal to the families at Gilead House. We thank Michelle and Beso Bistro for sharing their fabulous food with vulnerable families in our community!
January 30, 2017
Ponsford’s Place is a wonderful small bakery tucked away in a San Rafael neighborhood. Their philosophy is to bake with no processed white flour and to use seasonally-available ingredients, which leads to an ever-changing menu. The bakery is a bit of a laboratory where the bakers, Craig and Hannah experiment with new varieties of whole-grain artisanal flours. We’re delighted that they share their delicious savory and sweet pastries, as well as bread, with ExtraFood every week!
January 22, 2017
The Cheesecake Factory
Two years ago this month, The Cheesecake Factory in The Village at Corte Madera began donating their excess food to ExtraFood.org. Their wonderful variety of soups are much sought-after by our recipients, especially the REST Program at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Belvedere and the seniors at San Geronimo Valley Community Center. TCF started out as a mom-and-pop business in Detroit back in in the 1940’s and now operates 175 restaurants around the country.
January 15, 2017
Lotus Cuisine of India
Lotus is a family-owned, North Indian restaurant in downtown San Rafael that specializes in using the finest ingredients possible: local, organic and fresh! Surinder (Pal) Sroa, who owns Lotus with his wife Linda, provides us with wonderful food through our Planned Giving program: every week, his restaurant makes some Chicken Tikka Masala, rice and naan for ExtraFood to deliver to vulnerable seniors in San Rafael. Pal will be opening two new restaurants soon, one on Caledonia St in Sausalito and the other in the Mission District in San Francisco. We thank Lotus for their continued generosity!
January 08, 2017
Kaiser Permanente San Rafael Medical Center
Kaiser donates their extra food to us 7 days a week, and the bulk of their donations are complete, microwaveable, mostly organic meals — like gold for some of our recipients whose primary need is for proteins or complete meals. Kaiser contributes to the health and wellness of our community in so many ways, and we’re grateful that they’re a longtime member of the ExtraFood community.
January 01, 2017
Marinitas, in San Anselmo, serves tasty, Latin-inspired meals using local and seasonal products in a very lively atmosphere. They have delicious food and a great bar! Marinitas has been donating food from the early days of ExtraFood as part of our Planned Giving program. In that program, we ask restaurants, caterers, and other food-service establishments to make a little extra of something for us to pick up and deliver for those in need.
December 25, 2016
CaterMarin is a locally owned and operated complete catering company combining great food—with an emphasis on local and sustainable—with a stylish presentation. They can proudly handle any event such as corporate events, cocktail parties, weddings, picnics and barbeques and can offer vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. They have been donating once monthly since August and their delicious food has been shared with our partners at Helen Vine Recovery Center, San Geronimo Community Presbyterian Church and San Pedro School.
December 18, 2016
The North Face
The North Face Endurance Challenge is a series of trail running races held nationally and internationally. Last week the Challenge was held in the scenic Marin Headlands. ExtraFood volunteers Ellen M and Tom picked up an enormous amount of snacks, fruit, soda and water, which were delivered to four organizations. Events are always a key source of extra food in our community and we’re grateful to The North Face for donating for the past two years.
December 11, 2016
Mini of Marin
Every year, Mini of Marin‘s general manager gifts his employees with a turkey for their Thanksgiving feasts. Last week we were delighted to pick up 13 extra turkeys after they had been distributed to the employees. This year some of their employees even gifted their turkeys to ExtraFood! Our volunteer, Diane, picked up the turkeys and delivered all to SparkPoint Marin, in plenty of time for Thanksgiving. What a treat for SparkPoint Marin’s clients!
December 04, 2016
County Line Harvest
County Line is a certified organic farm located near the Marin/Sonoma county line. We pick up donations of their wonderful produce—they focus primarily on a wide variety of greens and root veggies—every Sunday at the Civic Center Market. And on several occasions, they’ve given us a terrific donation directly from their farm! On Wednesday, two volunteer moms, Diane and Elise, and their daughters drove to the farm to pick up almost 400 pounds of produce and delivered it to 3 grateful recipients. Such generosity from all involved on the very busy day before Thanksgiving!
November 27, 2016
Whole Foods Market—Miller Ave., Mill Valley
We’ve been picking up donations of fresh produce, baked goods, dairy products, and prepared food from this store for over 2 1/2 years! Each week, all the great food we pick up from this fine store makes its way to many folks in need in Marin City. We are grateful for the bounty of healthy food that comes from Whole Foods!
November 20, 2016
Headquartered in San Rafael, Byte serves up healthy, hearty, grab-and-go-type meals. They offer Bay Area businesses around-the-clock food options by stocking their refrigerated kiosks with healthy food. It’s as easy as swiping a credit card and selecting your food option! Seniors, the homeless, youth organizations, Canal residents, and many more have benefited from our regular deliveries of Byte’s delicious food.
November 13, 2016
Marin Interfaith Council
MIC is a collaborative that celebrates faith traditions, advocates justice and builds community. They cultivate a community diverse in belief, opinion, and culture. For over thirty years, MIC has enabled congregations, nonprofits and individuals to make Marin a more vibrant and equitable community. Last week MIC generously shared their extra food with us from their annual “Visionary Marin” event. #endhunger
November 06, 2016
Whole Foods San Rafael
The Whole Foods store in San Rafael is always very generous with their donations of excess food to our county-wide food recovery program. We pick up all types of food from this store…dairy, baked goods, frozen food, produce and packaged goods. Their donations provide food for people from Marin City to West Marin to Novato! And their team members are always helpful and great to work with.
October 31, 2016
Bioneers is a nonprofit organization based in New Mexico and California that promotes practical and innovative solutions to global environmental and bio-cultural challenges. The Annual National Bioneers Conference, which is held this week at the Marin Civic Center, connects thousands of people with practical, visionary solutions for humanity’s most pressing environmental and social challenges. We are delighted to pick up their extra food from their two event dinners at Embassy Suites this weekend.
October 23, 2016
Zero Breast Cancer
Zero Breast Cancer helps individuals and communities understand scientific research on environmental risk factors and lifestyle variables that influence breast cancers. They focus on factors that an individual can change to prevent breast cancer initially, as well as recurrences: stress management, physical activity, nutrition and health, and breast feeding to mention a few. Last week our volunteer Mary W picked up almost 400 lbs of excess healthy food from their Annual Dipsea Hike!
October 16, 2016
College of Marin
The College of Marin donates food from their cafeteria on Friday afternoons—pastries, salads, and other packaged food which is gratefully received by the senior residents at Bennett House in Fairfax. They’ve been a wonderfully consistent donor since April 2015!
October 09, 2016
Great Performances is a New York City-based caterer that does a big event out at McNear’s Beach in San Rafael every year at this time. They do a lot for any community they serve, including making food recovery a core value! We’re delighted they call on us every year to get their fabulous excess food to those in need.
October 02, 2016
Sprouts Farmers Market
Sprouts’ new San Rafael store joins over 200 Sprouts Farmers Markets in 12 states across the country, all with fresh, natural and organic food at great prices. Their motto: “It’s healthy living for less.” Last week Sprouts donated 500 pounds of chicken, the largest amount of protein that we have ever received!
September 25, 2016
Arizmendi San Rafael Bakery & Pizzeria
Arizmendi offers a wide selection of delicious fresh-baked goods and pizzas. And their San Rafael store is part of the Association of Arizmendi Cooperatives, which are all independently owned and operated by their workers. We now pick up their terrific donations 6 days a week and we’re grateful for their generosity!
September 18, 2016
Located in Greenbrae’s Bon Air Shopping Center, SusieCakes has been a regular donor since March 2014. They’re an all-American bakery offering classic desserts made entirely from scratch, using simple, natural ingredients. Many of our recipients have enjoyed their delicious treats, especially the YWCA, who serves them at their monthly graduation programs and Ambassadors Of Hope And Opportunity who serves them at their youth team planning meetings.
September 11, 2016
We began picking up from Marinwood last week—6 days a week! All reports are that they are easy to work with and have kind staff members who are willing to help and answer questions. Deli items and produce are available each day with dairy, bread and occasionally meat and poultry offered on other days. Our recipients have all been so happy with the food quality from this market. Many thanks to Marinwood Market for helping us serve those in need in our community!
September 04, 2016
Marin Community Clinics San Rafael HealthHub
The Marin Community Clinics provide a wide range of primary care and wellness services for adults and children, particularly low-income community members—including the uninsured. The Wednesday afternoon San Rafael Clinic HealthHub provides a variety of services for hundreds of clients, including a food pantry, disease screening, medical referrals, nutrition education, and physical activities. We’re proud to support Marin Community Clinics’ vital work in our community!
August 28, 2016
Sweet Things Bakery
Sweet Things has two retail locations, at The Cove at Tiburon and in SF’s Cal-Mart. And they also serve fabulous coffee from our friends at Equator Coffees & Teas! Sweet Things has been serving customers and restaurants for 36 years, and we’re delighted to be working with them to reduce food waste and alleviate hunger in our community.
August 28, 2016
Costco is a membership-only warehouse club that provides a wide selection of merchandise. It is currently the largest membership-only warehouse club in the United States. We began picking up from their Novato warehouse last week and their receiving staff is great to work with! http://www.costco.com/warehouse-locations/novato-ca-141.html
August 21, 2016
Sweetmill Food Company
Founded in 1979, Sweetmill, a wholesale food distributor, provides a wide variety of sweet and savory gourmet baked goods throughout the Bay Area. This week we picked up 13 cases of vegan fruit bars that were distributed to several sites: Bennett House, Marin AIDS Project and Center Point. Check ‘em out! http://www.sweetmillfoodco.com
August 14, 2016
Marin Cyclists is a nonprofit club dedicated to helping cyclists meet up to experience the wonders of riding in Marin County and the wider Bay Area. Their signature event is the annual Marin Century (six rides ranging from 30 to 200 miles) held August 6. We were delighted to pick up the extra food from the event and get it to those in need!
August 07, 2016
Sutter Health Novato Community Hospital
Starting next week, the hospital will donate food three times per week. One of the recipients of these fabulous donations, Mackey Terrace, an EAH Housing property, is looking forward to these regular donations. Says Kelly, the resident manager, “These prepared food donations create a sense of community for our residents as they share stories while eating this great food together”. http://www.novatocommunity.org
July 31, 2016
A Fork Full of Earth
Based in Fairfax, this farm-to-table organic catering business crafts original menus that are driven by what’s in season, and cultivated entirely from Marin and Sonoma County’s organic, local farms and artisans. They cater big events and smaller events such as birthday parties or picnics. Check out their website for sample menus!
July 24, 2016
Sugar is a one-of-a-kind candy boutique in downtown San Anselmo. Their candy includes seasonal confections, nostalgic favorites and artisan treats. Plus they have a great selection of cards and gifts for a one stop shop for presents! We picked up our first donation from them this week and it was happily received by the students at Next Generation Scholars. In addition, the two high-school-age daughters of Sugar’s owner want to be ExtraFood volunteers!
July 17, 2016
The Clubhouse at Peacock Gap
The Clubhouse has spacious rooms with breathtaking views and is the perfect place to host a large event, corporate retreat or just about any occasion. It’s a favorite spot for weddings and has a full-service catering department to help you plan your event. Last week we picked up several trays of delicious prepared food that our partners at Homeward Bound of Marin’s New Beginnings Center loved! http://www.peacockgapclubhouse.com
July 10, 2016
Italian Street Painting Marin
Held annually, in downtown San Rafael, on the last weekend of June, this event celebrates the art of street painting by the very talented Maldonarri (the word for street painters dating back to 13th century Italy). The festival showcases approximately 100 master street painters who turn the streets into an amazing gallery. Visitors can stroll by all the beautiful, ephemeral art, listen to music, and enjoy tasty food. This week we picked up their excess antipasti and delivered it to the Marin AIDS Project and Homeward Bound of Marin’s Family Center. http://www.italianstreetpaintingmarin.org
July 03, 2016
Located on the west end of 4th St in downtown San Rafael, Johnny Doughnuts’ tasty, artisan doughnuts are handcrafted with the finest organic cool-milled wheat flour and ingredients from locally-sourced vendors. They offer a huge selection of doughnuts including a killer gluten-free one!
June 26, 2016
St. Anselm Church
St. Anselm Church is a Catholic community located on Shady Lane in Ross. From their humble beginnings in 1908, their parish facilities have grown to include their school, a Kindergarten through 8th grade program. This week we picked up a prepared food donation from them which was hugely appreciated by the seniors we delivered it to. http://saintanselm.org
June 19, 2016
Safeway—B St. San Rafael
Safeway on B Street in San Rafael has been donating their excess food to ExtraFood since March 2014. Among their generous, regular donations are eggs, so valuable to those we’re serving: protein is the #1 request from our recipients. The store’s Receiver, Phil, has been a terrific partner for ExtraFood and a dedicated supporter of those in need. www.safeway.com
June 12, 2016
Flour Craft Bakery
Located in San Anselmo, Flour Craft is Marin County’s first entirely gluten-free bakery. They offer bread, pastries, cakes, granola, and savory lunch & breakfast items. We’ve been picking up their generous donations since December 2013, during the first days of our organization. We can say from personal experience that even if you’re not gluten-free you may still love their goodies!
June 05, 2016
Mangia Nosh Catering Company
Robert Meyer’s company has provided gourmet catering to the Bay Area since the mid-1980s. They are a full-service catering company complete with a full-service wait staff, event coordinators, and all things needed for a large event. This past Monday we picked up a terrific donation of their extra food from a large event. Marin caterers call us in advance when they know they’re going to have extra, they call us directly from an event, or they call us when they’ve brought extra food back to their kitchen. All of those work for us! http://www.mangianosh.com
May 29, 2016
Taste Kitchen and Table
Located in downtown Fairfax, Taste is an eat-in or take-out full-service bakery & cafe. Their terrific food is made from organic, seasonal, fresh-from-the-farm ingredients. Rochelle and Lorenzo, the owners, have been donating their delicious savory and sweet pastries and salads to us whenever they have extras. The seniors at nearby Bennett House look forward to these tasty treats!
May 22, 2016
Last week CVNL hosted the annual Bay Area Human Race, an amazing community event where over 40 teams fundraised for local nonprofits, schools and community groups. Being thoughtful about food waste, CVNL alerted us in advance that there would be extra food from the race day. Kudos to CVNL for “thinking green” and helping us get great food to people in need!
May 15, 2016
Andy’s Local Market
Andy’s has two San Rafael locations, one in the Sun Valley neighborhood and the other out on Pt. San Pedro Road. It’s a locally-owned market with quality food, great prices, and a commitment to community-based programs and activities. Their donations to ExtraFood have included generous quantities of dairy products—much-prized by our recipients. We look forward to working more with Andy’s!
May 08, 2016
Safeway Terra Linda
We’re now picking up Safeway Terra Linda’s generous donations 5 days a week! Our staff and volunteers appreciate working with all of their great receivers and in-store staff. http://local.safeway.com/ca/san-rafael-932.html
May 01, 2016
Los Moles Restaurant
The winner of two OpenTable Diners’ Choice Awards, Los Moles San Rafael focuses on bringing the distinct flavors from traditional Mexican pueblos and showcasing them with a modern twist. Founder and Chef Lito uses family recipes with no gluten, lard, refined sugar or other artificial ingredients and uses only fresh local ingredients. We’ve eaten at the restaurant and can personally attest that their chicken mole is delicious! We’re delighted to bring Los Moles’ weekly donations to the students at Next Generation Scholars.
April 24, 2016
Beso Bistro and Wine Bar
Located at Hamilton Field in Novato, Beso Bistro crafts all of their dishes using local, organic produce, pasture-raised chicken and beef, and sustainably-raised seafood. Because owner Michelle is so committed to giving back to her community, she has chosen to make a special meal every other week for ExtraFood to pick up as part of our Planned Giving program. ExtraFood Volunteer Curt delivers the meal to the families at Gilead House. We thank owner Michelle and Beso Bistro for sharing their fantastic cooking with vulnerable families in our community!
April 18, 2016
Lotus Cuisine of India
Lotus is a family-owned, North Indian restaurant that specializes in using the finest ingredients possible: local, organic and fresh! Surinder (Pal) Sroa, who owns Lotus with his wife Linda, is generous, warm, and welcoming, and has always lived by the principle of giving back to his community. Pal provides us with food through our Planned Giving program: every other week, his restaurant makes some Chicken Tikka Masala, rice and naan for ExtraFood to deliver to the seniors at San Rafael Rotary Manor.
April 11, 2016
San Rafael City Schools
We’re delighted that San Rafael City Schools is the second public school district in Marin to join our program. And they’ve given us some wonderful donations recently, including 15 gallons of Straus organic milk! Since it’s impossible to forecast with 100% accuracy exactly how many kids will be at school and exactly how much they will eat and drink, schools will often have extra food, and we’re glad to partner with them to get it to those in need. Kudos to SRCS for their focus on reducing food waste!
April 04, 2016
Novato Union School District
NUSD already does a terrific job minimizing waste in their food program, but of course it’s impossible to forecast attendance with 100% accuracy, so there’s often going to be some extra food. And that’s where we come in—picking it up and getting it to those in need, including children at a local YMCA after-school program. Miguel Villareal and his team at NUSD are a delight to work with and are true leaders in our county’s school system. www.nusd.org
March 28, 2016
Nugget Markets - Tiburon
Our volunteers report that Nugget Markets’ Tiburon store provides consistently terrific donations, which make a big difference to our recipients in Marin City and West Marin. And everyone at Nugget is always a pleasure to work with. Check ‘em out: https://www.nuggetmarket.com
March 21, 2016
Brandeis Marin is an independent, co-educational Jewish day-school that serves K-8 students and their families in San Rafael. The school hosts a large Bingo Night event for its families, and for the last two years we’ve picked up their excess food. Many thanks to Brandeis for being part of the solution to hunger and waste in Marin! http://www.brandeismarin.org
March 14, 2016
M.H. Bread & Butter Bakery
MHB&B, an artisan bakery, has been delightful to work with. They serve breakfast and lunch and all of their food is absolutely top-notch. Our recipients look forward to their tasty breads, muffins and croissants each week. http://mhbreadandbutter.com
March 07, 2016
Dominican University of California
Our Food Donor of the Week is Caleruega Dining Hall and Chilly’s Cafe at Dominican University of California in San Rafael. Dominican’s food service is managed by long-time ExtraFood partner Epicurean Group, specializing in corporate and campus restaurants, catering services, and more. We’re grateful to Dominican and Epicurean Group for joining with us to help end hunger in Marin!
February 29, 2016
Nugget Markets - Corte Madera
Owned and operated by the 4th and 5th generations of the Stille family, Nugget is based in the Sacramento area and acquired the former Paradise Foods locations in Marin last year. Corte Madera Manager Riley has set up a great system to work with ExtraFood.org and help serve the hungry in our community. We’re delighted to be working with Riley and his terrific team! https://www.nuggetmarket.com/about/
February 22, 2016
El Huarache Loco
Located at Marin Country Mart in Larkspur, El Huarache Loco is a wonderful success story. Their owner, Veronica, started out as a caterer, incubated her business at La Cocina in SF, moved on to open a stand at the Alemany farmers’ market in SF and then, because she had built such a loyal following, opened the restaurant in Marin. El Huarache Loco is part of ExtraFood’s Planned Giving program—details here —through which restaurants make extra food to be donated to one of our recipient partners. We deliver El Huarache Loco’s delicious quesadillas to the kids at Next Generation Scholars to fuel their brains and bodies for studying! http://huaracheloco.com
February 15, 2016
Marin General Hospital
Marin General has been donating their excess food to ExtraFood.org 365 days a year since our earliest days. Mike and his team make sure that the food we receive, all of which is made from scratch in the hospital’s kitchen, is of the highest quality. The impact of MGH’s donations has reached far and wide across our county: to seniors, the homeless, kids in Marin City, vulnerable families in West Marin, and so many more. We are grateful and honored to be working with Marin General to support our community’s health and well-being! www.maringeneral.org
February 08, 2016
Ann Walker Catering
AWC was founded in 1976 by executive chef Ann Walker, who travels throughout the world conducting food and wine research, and looking for new recipes and ingredients. AWC incorporates local, sustainable and organic ingredients whenever they can into their menus. This week, we picked up our first donation from AWC and delivered it to the seniors at Tam House. Of course, caterers can never risk making too little for their events, so we’re happy to pick up their extra when they have too much! http://www.annwalkercatering.com
February 01, 2016
Green Gulch Farm Zen Center
If you’re looking to be in harmony with the water, soil and air and want a taste of the honest meditative work that coaxes everything from artichokes to winter squash out of the ground, look no further than Green Gulch Farm at Muir Beach. Situated in this heavenly valley, Green Gulch is a Zen center, organic farm, teaching facility for meditation and organic farming techniques and home to many curious travelers and eager volunteers. A generous donor to ExtraFood from their farm as well as their stand at the Mill Valley Farmers’ Market, Green Gulch’s gardens are now seeded with cover crops, which will eventually be plowed under to renew the soil. In this season of renewal, we bow in thanks and offer gratitude for the bounty given to us, to give to others…a double blessing.
January 25, 2016
This year is Insalata’s 20th anniversary! Since 1996, Owner/Chef Heidi Krahling and her husband, Mark, have been serving delicious, Mediterranean-inspired food in a wonderful space full of warmth and hospitality. And they have an amazing takeout counter and a terrific catering program. Insalata’s participates in our Planned Giving program, *making* food every week for our recipients, who rave about their donations. Last week one of the recipients, a senior housing facility, called Insalata’s food “glorious!” We agree! We’re deeply grateful to Heidi, Mark, Christa, Ashley, and everyone else at Insalata’s who are dedicated to ExtraFood’s work and to providing a wonderful dining experience for all. Says Heidi, “Food is only food until it’s shared.” www.insalatas.com
January 18, 2016
High Tech Burrito
High Tech Burrito was established in 1986 in a small space in San Rafael but since then has spread to 15 different locations throughout the Bay Area, including 4 in Marin. Their food is fast, fresh, and made with lots of customizing options. Besides their delicious food, High Tech believes in making a difference in the communities they serve—offering fundraising opportunities for schools, sport clubs, and PTA groups among others. High Tech also supplies burritos to schools for school lunch programs. Last month ExtraFood partnered with High Tech on a holiday promotion, in which their customers donated free menu items received through HTB’s loyalty program, HTB matched every donation, and ExtraFood picked up and delivered the items to those in need. Starting this month, High Tech will make and donate fresh food twice monthly through our Planned Giving program. What a great partner!
January 11, 2016
Ponsford’s Place is a wonderful small bakery tucked away in a San Rafael neighborhood. Their philosophy is to bake with no processed white flour and to use seasonally-available ingredients, which leads to an ever-changing menu. The bakery is a bit of a laboratory where the bakers, Craig and Elizabeth, experiment with new varieties of whole-grain artisanal flours. We’re delighted that Ponsford’s is a regular donor to ExtraFood! Check out their website for some of the innovative products they’re developing.
January 04, 2016
Say Hay Farms
Say Hay Farms is a new vendor at the Thursday Marin Civic Center farmers’ market. This season they’re selling specialty root vegetables, broccoli, cauliflower and leafy greens as well as their lovingly-made and packaged pickled carrots, beets and raw sauerkraut. Chris Hay (yes, his real name) and his team run an “integrated operation” at Say Hay Farms, which means that animals and vegetables rotate in the fields, each benefitting from the prior use of the other in a carefully stewarded true circle of sustainability. Say Hay to them at the Thursday market and consider joining their CSA.
December 28, 2015
Sweet Things Bakery
Sweet Things’ retail location, in Tiburon’s Cove Shopping Center, is a well-known stop for getting goodies for your day. They have been serving homes and restaurants for 36 years! We picked up from their wholesale bakery location this week and delivered over 60 pumpkin/chocolate chip cakes to 5 recipients. Yum! http://www.sweetthings.com
December 21, 2015
The North Face
Our Food Donor of the Week is the North Face. The North Face Endurance Challenge is a series of trail running races held nationally and internationally. Last week the Challenge was held in the scenic Marin Headlands. Sharing the donation with Sonoma County Food Runners, ExtraFood picked up an enormous amount of snacks, fruit and water, which we delivered to five organizations. Events are always a key source of extra food in our community and we’re grateful to The North Face for joining our program!
December 14, 2015
Owner Saleem’s vision for Banzo Cuisine is to improve cultural eating habits by providing clean proteins, high fiber and low saturated fat foods to lower heart disease and promote overall healthy living.
He hopes that his family’s modern adaptations of the foods they were raised on - quinoa kale salad, vegetable pilafs and bean stews - will inspire other entrepreneurs to also adapt and simplify their native foods, making more tasty and healthy prepared foods available everywhere. You can find Banzo in Marin at these farmers’ markets: Wednesday in Corte Madera, Friday in Mill Valley and Sunday in Fairfax. www.banzocuisine.com
December 07, 2015
Mini of Marin
Our Food Donor of the Week is Mini of Marin. Every year, their general manager, Joe Thomer, gifts his employees with a turkey for their Thanksgiving feasts. This week we were delighted to pick up 12 extra turkeys after they had been distributed to the employees. Our volunteer, Mary, picked up the turkeys and delivered 6 to Center Point and 6 to SparkPoint, in plenty of time for Thanksgiving. These two organizations were thrilled, to say the least! Check out Mini of Marin here: http://www.miniofmarin.com/
November 30, 2015
Marin Interfaith Council
Marin Interfaith Council (MIC) is a collaborative that celebrates faith traditions, advocates justice and builds community. MIC cultivates a community diverse in belief, opinion, and culture. For over thirty years, MIC has enabled congregations, nonprofits and individuals to make Marin a more vibrant and equitable community. Last week MIC generously shared their extra food with us from their annual “Visionary Marin” event. San Pedro School’s Family Program was delighted to be the beneficiary of all those tasty desserts and savory treats!
November 23, 2015
Triple T Ranch and Farm
Larry Tristano and his son Vince run this USDA Certified Organic 15-acre farm in Santa Rosa’s Valley of the Moon. Three generations of Tristanos now live on the farm, which Larry (Sr) started in 1983. They sell cage-free forage-fed poultry and their eggs, organic herbs and veggies, as well as the plant-starts to grow your own. Committed to sustainability and community involvement, Triple T donates generously to ExtraFood from the Thursday and Sunday Civic Center Farmers’ Markets. Come by Triple T’s for flavorful peppers, nutritious greens and a warm visit with nice guys! http://www.tripletranchandfarmsantarosa.com
November 16, 2015
Beso Bistro and Wine Bar
Located in the Hamilton Field area of Novato, Beso Bistro and Wine Bar crafts all of their dishes using local, organic produce, pasture-raised chicken and beef, and sustainably-raised seafood. Because owner Michelle is so committed to giving back to her community, she has chosen to make a special meal every other week for ExtraFood as part of our Planned Giving program. The donation is delivered by our volunteer Curt to the families at Gilead House who always look forward to Michelle’s delicious and healthy food.
November 09, 2015
Located in Greenbrae’s Bon Air Shopping Center, SusieCakes has been a regular donor since March 2014. They’re an all-American bakery offering classic desserts made entirely from scratch, using simple, natural ingredients. Stop by Bon Air and check ‘em out! Our recipients love their treats.
November 02, 2015
Sunnyland Orchards (aka EGB Farms)
Sunnyland is perfectly named as Eddie’s sunny smile is the first thing you’ll see when you pass the information booth at the Civic Center farmers’ market on Thursdays and Sundays. Eddie and his wife Maria started out growing yams and root crops but when they moved to Ripon in the San Joaquin Valley, the richer soil allowed them to branch out, literally, planting fruit trees in the hospitable earth there. Now they’re known for their long seasons of delicious stone fruits and, at this time of year, for their abundant varieties of apples and sweet pomegranates. We’re so grateful for their consistent donations to ExtraFood!
October 26, 2015
Bioneers is a nonprofit organization based in New Mexico and California that promotes practical and innovative solutions to global environmental and bio-cultural challenges. The Annual National Bioneers Conference was held at the Marin Civic Center this past weekend and connects thousands of people with practical, visionary solutions for humanity’s most pressing environmental and social challenges. We were delighted to pick up their extra food from their two event dinners at Embassy Suites in collaboration with FoodShift and to be in partnership with such innovative people!
October 19, 2015
Congregation Rodef Sholom
CRS is one of ExtraFood’s earliest and biggest supporters. Not only do they donate food twice per month, but they’ve been an important source of volunteers for ExtraFood and have been hugely helpful in spreading the word about our county-wide food recovery program. We’re grateful that they’re a central part of the ExtraFood community. http://www.rodefsholom.org
October 12, 2015
Fiddler’s Green Farm
Fiddler’s Green Farm of Brooks, California is one of the oldest organic farms, earning certification in 1982. Jim Eldon bought the farm in 1991 and has kept it intentionally small, employing just 4 people year-round and growing delicious roots and greens with his wife, Julie Rose. While we wait for Spring and FGF’s terrific asparagus, go deep to the roots this season and enjoy their artful black or watermelon radishes from the Thursday or Sunday Civic Center Farmers’ Markets.
October 04, 2015
Headquartered in San Rafael, Byte serves up healthy, quick, grab-and-go type meals. They offer Bay Area businesses around-the-clock food options by stocking their refrigerated kiosks with healthy food. It’s as easy as swiping a credit card and selecting your food option. We now pick up from Byte three times weekly and we’ve found that their pre-packaged meals are a winner for seniors! www.bytefoods.co
September 28, 2015
Epicurean Group is an independent, woman- and minority-owned food-service management company. With a credo of “Fresh, Honest, and Local”, you can be sure that they support local organic farms and ranches. Dedicated to sustainability and environmental responsibility, their core values align with and support ExtraFood’s mission to help end hunger and food waste. We pick up food from three of their partnerships: Marin Academy, Branson School and Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium at Marin Center. http://www.epicurean-group.com
September 21, 2015
Front Porch Farm
Located in nearby Healdsburg, FPF gives us generous donations of their terrific produce at the Thursday and Sunday Marin Civic Center Farmers Markets. Thank you to Mimi, Peter, Mieka, Emil and the entire gang at FPF. Check ‘em out! http://fpfarm.com
September 14, 2015
College of Marin
COM donates food from their cafeteria on Friday afternoons—pastries, salads, and other packaged food that we get to vulnerable seniors. We appreciate their generosity! http://www.marin.edu
September 07, 2015
Balakian Farms of Reedley, CA is run by 3 generations of the Balakian family—Amber Balakian, her father Clarence, and grandmother Stella, and was started by Amber’s grandfather John, the son of an Armenian immigrant who was born and raised on the property. Reedley has an ideal climate for the many varieties of tomatoes and delicious stone fruits they grow. Balakian is Certified Organic, and has been incredibly generous to ExtraFood at the the Thursday and Sunday Civic Center Markets as well as the Friday Farmers’ Market in Mill Valley. We’re grateful for the generous donations of heirloom tomatoes, peaches, plums, pluots, and nectarines.
August 31, 2015
Mill Valley Market
Mill Valley Market has been locally owned and operated by the founding Canepa family since 1929 and became a certified Bay Area Green Business in 2008. Their shelves are stocked with unique and interesting products (many of them coming from their customers’ suggestions) as well as everyday grocery staples. They pride themselves on their full-service gourmet deli, catering department and wine and spirits selection. Mill Valley Market has always been about quality, excellent service and a great selection! We’re delighted and grateful that they’re working with us to get food to those who struggle in our community. http://www.millvalleymarket.com
August 24, 2015
Panorama, located in San Francisco, is an artisan-style bakery whose bread products are baked in the “Old World” style in stone hearth ovens. Their products are made daily by hand, employing no chemical preservatives or additives and using unbleached, organic flours. ExtraFood volunteers pick up their delicious bread donations from the Marin Farmers Markets at the Civic Center on Thursdays and Sundays. http://www.panoramabaking.com
August 17, 2015
Taste Kitchen and Table
Located in downtown Fairfax. Taste is an eat-in or take-out full-service bakery & cafe. Their terrific food is made from organic, seasonal, fresh-from-the-farm ingredients. And they’ll soon be offering monthly cooking classes, artisan demos, a catering series, and lectures at their cafe. Check ‘em out! http://www.tastekitchenandtable.com
August 10, 2015
Marin Cyclists, a club established in 1963, is the host of this past weekend’s Marin Century ride. Over 2500 cyclists rode several different routes throughout Marin during the 100% volunteer-supported event, aided by the generously-stocked rest stops and a big post-ride feast. We were delighted to once again pick up the event’s extra food and get it to those who need it. Thank you and Chapeau! to the Marin Cyclists team! www.marincyclists.com
August 03, 2015
Located in the Central Valley town of Winton, Kashiwase Farms has been certified organic since 1997. The current owners, Stephen and Lisa Kashiwase, have deep family ties to their land. Stephen’s father was a Japanese immigrant who purchased his first acreage in the early 1920’s. They are best known for their stone fruits— such as plums, peaches, and nectarines — and Asian pears and almonds. ExtraFood, and the many we serve, are so grateful for Kashiwase’s generous fruit donations at the Thursday and Sunday Civic Center Farmers Markets.
July 27, 2015
Star Route Farms
Our Food Donor of the Week is Star Route Farms. Star Route has been an organic farm in Marin County since 1974. Located in Bolinas and Thermal, CA, they were pioneers of the organic movement, and are the oldest continuously certified organic grower in California! Star Route focuses on direct sales to three farmers markets—the Marin Civic Center Markets and the Ferry Plaza in SF—and 80 Bay Area restaurants. They are incredibly generous with their market donations, always donating several large bags of beautiful greens. Check ‘em out! http://www.starroutefarms.com
July 19, 2015
Rodriguez Farms launched their business in 1991 in Watsonville with only 3 acres of strawberries. They have developed into a 60-acre farm growing a wide variety of berries and vegetables. In 2004 they became a certified organic grower. Berries tend to have a very high pesticide residue so we are grateful that Rodriguez is farming in a manner that is beneficial to the health of the soil as well as our personal health and the health of their workers. And they’re always so generous to ExtraFood! http://www.rodriguezfarms.com
July 12, 2015
Mangia Nosh Catering Company
Robert Meyer’s company has provided gourmet catering to the wider Bay Area since the mid-1980s. They are a full-service catering company complete with a full-service wait staff, event coordinators, and all things needed for a large event. They provided us with a great food donation last week which delighted the residents of one of our senior housing partners. Check ‘em out! http://mangianosh.com
July 05, 2015
Kaiser Permanente San Rafael Medical Center
Kaiser donates their extra food to us 7 days a week, and the bulk of their donations are complete, microwaveable meals—like gold for some of our recipients whose primary need is for proteins or complete meals. Kaiser contributes to the health and wellness of our community in so many ways, and we’re grateful that they’re a longtime member of the ExtraFood community. http://bit.ly/1Lwkngu
June 28, 2015
Located in San Anselmo, Comforts has a terrific cafe, take-out deli, and catering department. Their food is healthy and delicious; meats and produce are organic and sourced locally as much as possible. Check ‘em out! www.comfortscafe.com
June 22, 2015
El Huarache Loco
Located at Larkspur Landing (Marin Country Mart), El Huarache Loco is a wonderful success story. Their owner, Veronica, started out as a caterer, moved on to open a San Francisco Farmers Market stand and then, because she had built a loyal following, opened the restaurant in Marin. A huarache is a Mexico City speciality…a corn masa cake in the shape of a sandal which can be filled with just about anything. El Huarache Loco is part of ExtraFood’s Planned Giving program, in which restaurants make a little extra food to be donated to one of our recipient organizations. Check ‘em out! http://huaracheloco.com
June 15, 2015
Good Earth Natural Foods
The Good Earth Natural Foods School Lunch Program, located in Novato, serves over 4,000 students each week. They began their program in August of 2003 and now serve twelve Marin County schools, three of which are public. They also have partnerships with 6 community Senior Centers, providing senior lunches, including to our partner San Geronimo Valley Community Center. Their focus has always been on providing healthy, organic and highly nutritious food to our community. Thank you, Good Earth, for your generous donations! http://www.goodearthorganiclunches.com/index.html
June 08, 2015
Andronico’s Community Markets
Located in San Anselmo, Andronico’s has been consistently providing us with great food—packaged, dairy, deli, and produce—for over a year. Their donations have grown larger over time and are much appreciated by vulnerable people throughout Marin County and the nonprofit food programs that serve them. We’re grateful to Andronico’s for supporting the community. Check ‘em out! http://www.andronicos.com/category/san-anselmo-store
June 01, 2015
Marin Primary and Middle School
MP&MS is a private school in Larkspur that engages students in lots of hands-on, multidisciplinary and integrated learning. Their students and staff receive tasty, healthy catered meals three times weekly, and frequently there is extra. We anticipate receiving lots of great food from MP&MS! http://www.mpms.org/
May 25, 2015
Nugget is a family-owned business that has its roots in the Sacramento area. They’ve taken over the former Paradise Foods locations, and it has been a pleasure for several of our volunteers to pick up and deliver their very high quality food donations. Their generosity has been spread far and wide to many of our recipient organizations. Visit any of Nugget’s three locations—Novato, Corte Madera, and Tiburon—and check ‘em out! http://www.nuggetmarket.com/
May 18, 2015
Arizmendi San Rafael Bakery & Pizzeria
Arizmendi offers a wide selection of delicious fresh-baked goods and pizzas. And their San Rafael store is part of the Association of Arizmendi Cooperatives, which are all independently owned and operated by their workers. We now pick up their terrific donations 5 days a week and we’re grateful for their generosity! www.arizmendi-sanrafael.com
May 11, 2015
From The Fields
From The Fields makes terrific granola, porridge and muesli which is fresh, delicious, and nourishing. They make all of their products in their commercial kitchen in San Rafael, artisan-style, and are dedicated to sourcing their ingredients from local farmers and fair-trade producers abroad. You can find their fine products in many of our local grocery stores and cafes. http://fromthefields.net/
May 04, 2015
Sprouts Farmers Market
Their new San Rafael store joins over 200 Sprouts Farmers Markets in 12 states across the country, all with fresh, natural and organic food at great prices. Their motto: “It’s healthy living for less.” Check ‘em out! https://www.sprouts.com/stores/details/-/store-details/view/store/288
April 27, 2015
Scotty’s, in Terra Linda, is the “Biggest Little Store Around.” They’ve been a family-owned, neighborhood business for over 50 years! They have a great deli department and also meet their customers’ catering and everyday grocery needs. Check ‘em out! http://www.scottysmarket.com/
April 20, 2015
Lotus Cuisine of India
Lotus is a family-owned, North Indian restaurant that specializes in using the finest ingredients possible…local, organic and fresh! They offer many vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free choices on their menu as well as long-time favorites like chicken tikka-masala. Surinder (Pal) Sroa, who owns Lotus with his wife Linda, is generous, warm, and welcoming, and has always lived by the principle of giving back to his community. Pal is now providing us with food through our Planned Giving program: every other week, he cooks some extra meals for one of our recipients in the Canal. And they love them! www.lotusrestaurant.com
April 13, 2015
Flour Craft Bakery
Located in San Anselmo, Flour Craft is Marin County’s first entirely gluten-free bakery. They offer bread, pastries, cakes, granola, and savory lunch & breakfast items. We’ve been picking up their generous donations since December 2013, the beginning days of our organization. We can say from personal experience that even if you’re not gluten-free you may love their goodies! www.flourcraftbakery.com
April 06, 2015
Marin Academy, a private high school in San Rafael, provides students with a healthy and varied daily meal plan, and Chef Tyler has recently been donating his delicious extra food whenever he can. We’d like to receive their food donations more often but it’s so good that most of it gets gobbled up by the students! http://www.ma.org/
March 30, 2015
County Line Harvest
Our Food Donor of the Week is County Line Harvest, a certified organic farm located in Petaluma near the Marin/Sonoma county line. We pick up donations of their wonderful produce—they focus primarily on a wide variety of greens—every Sunday at the Civic Center Market. And on several occasions, they’ve given us a terrific donation of lettuce, kale and chard directly from their farm! They are so generous and their healthy, fresh produce is beyond compare. What a difference they’re making for the people in our county who struggle with hunger. Check ‘em out! http://www.countylineharvest.com/
March 23, 2015
Fairfax Market is a family-owned, community-focused grocery store. We’ve recently begun picking up their generous donations which include meat, dairy and produce. Protein is the #1 request from our recipients, and fresh produce is always highly valued. Every member of their team is always terrific to work with. Check ‘em out! https://www.facebook.com/FairfaxMarket/timeline
March 16, 2015
180 Eats delivers healthy, delicious dinners weeknights—and now all over Marin County. Order their food through their website and it’s delivered to your door. It’s that simple, and so convenient! The price is reasonable, the food is delicious, and the delivery is free. Check ‘em out! www.180eats.com
March 09, 2015
MH Bread & Butter
MH Bread and Butter, an artisan bakery in San Anselmo, has been open for about 18 months and their reviews have been outstanding. People rave about their bread, sandwiches, breakfast items and salads, as do we. They serve breakfast and lunch and all of their food is absolutely top-notch. The restaurant is very family-friendly, light-filled and has some long wooden communal tables, which together give it a homey and welcoming atmosphere! Our recipients look forward to their tasty breads, muffins and croissants each week. http://mhbreadandbutter.com
March 02, 2015
The Cheesecake Factory
The Cheesecake Factory in The Village in Corte Madera recently began donating to ExtraFood and their wonderful variety of soups are much sought after by our recipients. TCF started out as a
mom-and-pop business in Detroit back in in the 1940’s and now operates 175 restaurants around the country. They embrace values of local charitable giving through their foundation as well. We’re delighted to welcome them to the ExtraFood community! www.cheesecakefactory.com
February 23, 2015
Marin General Hospital
Marin General has been donating food since the early days of ExtraFood, and Mike and his team make sure that the food we receive, which is made in the hospital’s own kitchen, is of the highest quality. Seven days a week, week in and week out, the food is consistently picked up by our volunteers and delivered to several recipients who all value the quality of the meals we bring to them. And this week, Mike donated hundreds of emergency food kits that will help the homeless and other vulnerable people in our community. Marin General is a huge contributor to community life and we are delighted to be working together to help feed the hungry in Marin.
February 16, 2015
Chipotle - Montecito Shopping Center
Chipotle serves great Mexican fare using the freshest ingredients with an emphasis on “food with integrity”. In other words, as often as possible, they use food with respect to the animals, the farmers and the environment. We are so pleased and grateful to be delivering their extra food three times a week and our recipients are very happy with Chipotle’s terrific donations. Swing by the Montecito Shopping Center in San Rafael and try some of their terrific food!
February 09, 2015
Located in the Bon Air Shopping Center in Greenbrae, SusieCakes has been a consistent donor since March of last year. They are an all-American bakery offering classic sweet treats, made entirely from scratch and using simple natural, ingredients in all their baked goods. They have always been generous with their donations and our recipients love receiving their special baked treats! https://www.susiecakes.com/
February 02, 2015
Ponsford’s Place is a small bakery tucked away in a San Rafael neighborhood. Their philosophy is to bake with no processed white flour and to use seasonally available ingredients, which leads to an ever-changing menu. The bakery is a bit of a laboratory where the bakers, Craig and Elizabeth, experiment with new varieties of whole-grain artisanal flours. Soon, the owners will be offering classes in their shop. Check out their website http://www.ponsfordsplace.com/Ponsfords_Place/Ponsfords_Place.html and read a recent NY Times article that was written about them. If you walk in one time, you’ll return for sure. The aroma there is delightful!
January 26, 2015
Marinitas serves tasty Latin inspired meals, using local and seasonal products, in a very lively atmosphere. Our Operations Manager, Kathy, loves their chile relleno. Delicious! Marinitas has been donating food from the early days of ExtraFood.org as part of our Planned Giving program. In that program, we ask restaurants, caterers, and other food-service establishments to make a little extra of something for us to pick up and deliver to one of our 46 nonprofit recipients. Our recipients love Marinitas’ food! Check ‘em out: http://marinitas.net/
January 19, 2015
Since 1996 Insalata’s in San Anselmo has been making healthy, delicious, Mediterranean-inspired food for the Marin community, not only in their lovely restaurant (recipient of a recent Michelin Bib Gourmand award) but through their marvelous takeout counter and their terrific catering program. Week-in and week-out, Insalata’s has been *making* extra food for us through our Planned Giving program. In that program, we ask restaurants, caterers, and other food-service establishments to make a little extra of something for us to pick up and deliver to one of our 46 nonprofit recipients. Check out Insalata’s new website! http://www.insalatas.com/
January 12, 2015
Bordenave’s makes terrific breads and rolls, and they’re now making a substantial donation every week, which our recipients really appreciate. Fresh baked goods, straight from the bakery! And, they’re a wholesale bakery so we’re getting their donation earlier than if we were getting it from one of the fine grocery stores, delis, or restaurants they serve. http://bordenavesbakery.com/
January 05, 2015
Taqueria Mi Pueblo Novato
Week-in and week-out, Taqueria Mi Pueblo *makes* us food—and great food it is!—as part of our Planned Giving program. (We ask organizations to make at least 10 servings extra of something they’re making.) We are very fortunate to work with generous organizations like Taqueria Mi Pueblo who are willing to spend a little extra to make and donate food for our program and the recipients we serve. Please consider showing them some love by eating there and spreading the word! http://www.yelp.com/biz/taqueria-mi-pueblo-iii-novato
December 29, 2014
1200 snack bars—KIND’s donation this week—is a lot of snack bars, and any of you who have tried them know they’re really good. KIND uses high-quality ingredients and have 22 different bars! Snack bars are what we and our recipients call “takeaways”—packaged goods that can work easily in a bag lunch or handed to a hungry child or adult. Our recipients love takeaways as they have a long shelf life and they can be used in a food program in a variety of ways. Thank you KIND, you are definitely “walking the talk” of your brand! www.kindsnacks.com
December 22, 2014
Noah’s New York Bagels
Noah’s New York Bagels in Bon Air Shopping Center gives us lots of extra bagels which work really well for our recipient, Next Generation Scholars. They can serve them right away to the kids or freeze them and use them as needed. Yay bagels, and yay Noah’s! http://www.noahs.com/
December 15, 2014
Green Gulch Farm Zen Center
Green Gulch Farm Zen Center, part of the San Francisco Zen Center, offers a variety of classes, workshops, family & children’s events, half-day/one-day/multi-day meditation retreats, and many other events and services. Their long-standing Sunday morning program is a great introduction to those who are new to meditation and also wonderful for longtime practitioners. Green Gulch also has an amazing organic farm and garden, with produce available at the Mill Valley Farmers’ Market May through October, and during the break at the Sunday morning program.
December 08, 2014
Congregation Rodef Sholom
Congregation Rodef Sholom continues to be extraordinary in their support of ExtraFood. They give us a regular, large monthly food donation, regularly contact us to pick up additional donations, publicize our volunteer opportunities in their weekly email to their congregants and their print newsletter, and frequently talk about our program with anyone who will listen. The faith-based community is very important to our work in so many ways, and Congregation Rodef Sholom is an exemplary partner in that community.
December 01, 2014
Whole Foods San Rafael
Whole Foods San Rafael donates healthy fresh food very generously to ExtraFood, and the many nonprofits we serve greatly appreciate Whole Foods’ donations. The Whole Foods SR
team is great to work with, very attentive to reducing waste, and committed to supporting a variety of programs in our community. We’re grateful for our partnership with Whole Foods!
November 24, 2014
Chipotle Novato made their first donation this week—a dozen freshly-made burritos—and they plan to continue donating. They’re part of our Planned Giving program—organizations that are taking a little extra time and ingredients to *make* extra food for us to deliver to organizations feeding the hungry. Theirs is the kind of donation that fits so well for so many of our recipients. And Chipotle’s food is great! Check ‘em out!
November 17, 2014
Marin Interfaith Council
The Marin Interfaith Council cultivates community discussion of values and appreciation of different beliefs through educational and experiential programs for the greater public, and for religious leaders. MIC also increases the impact of nonprofits by connecting us with faith communities, which for us are important sources of volunteers, publicity, and food donations. MIC is a great resource in our community, and we thank for donating the extra food from their event this week.
November 10, 2014
Comforts Cafe in San Anselmo has been with us since our program began. Any of you who’ve been there know that they serve a terrific breakfast and lunch, as well as having one of the best take-out counters in the county. They donate great food that works so well for a variety of our recipients. Please check ‘em out, tell a friend, and show ‘em some love!
November 03, 2014
Bay Area Discovery Museum
This week, the Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito gave a 330-pound donation of uncooked hot dogs, buns, and milks that worked perfectly for one of our recipients. Besides providing the museum itself, which is magical, the BADM has a variety of classes, events, and programs for kids of all ages, and for parents too! Check ‘em out.
October 27, 2014
Thanks to our volunteer Lynne who led the way in collaborating with our friends at Food Shift, and thanks to Scott the terrific chef at Embassy Suites, we’re picking up lots of extra food from 2 conference dinners this weekend. Bioneers is an amazing organization that is committed to sustainable practices, and we thank them for their focus on reducing their food waste and helping to feed the hungry in our community.
October 20, 2014
Kaiser Permanente Terra Linda
Kaiser does a terrific job having their donation ready for us every day, and it makes a big difference to our recipients. Kaiser makes a point of being involved in the community and we’re so
glad they do!
October 13, 2014
Andronico’s Community Markets in San Anselmo has been increasing their donations of late, most often packaged sandwiches. These are perfect donations—what we call “takeaway” food—for our partners who serve the homeless. Those partners are often preparing bag lunches and other ways that the homeless can easily pick up food to eat immediately or carry food with them. And of course sandwiches work well just about everywhere!
October 06, 2014
Arizmendi San Rafael Bakery & Pizzeria donates on Thursdays and Fridays, and any of you who’ve done it know that it’s terrific stuff—great baked goods, yes, but they recently started donating take-‘n’-bake pizzas, too, and a lot of them. Check ‘em out on 4th street in downtown San Rafael, you won’t regret it!
September 29, 2014
Mill Valley Farmers’ Market
The Mill Valley Farmers’ Market is part of Marin Community Farmers Market Association (MCFMA) . This year-round market is tucked next to the CVS parking lot on E. Blithedale on Fridays from 9-2:30, packed full of delicious seasonal fruits and vegetables (including organics) gorgeous breads and baked goods, small batch granola and wonderful people. Each week, through the generosity of the farmers there, we glean 6-8 boxes full of seasonal produce and bread.
September 22, 2014
Las Camelias Restaurant
Las Camelias in San Rafael is part of our Planned Giving program: they’re making extra food for us to pick up - and great food it is! Check ‘em out!
September 15, 2014
Fairfax Farmers’ Market
The Fairfax Community Farmer’s Market is one of Agricultural Community Events’ markets. It’s a friendly market, easy to navigate in a short space of time, and the amount their generous vendors have been donating is a perfect fit for our recipient. Check ‘em out on Wednesdays!
September 08, 2014
Nou-Vang Farm of Sanger, CA
Nou-Vang is a regular donor at the Sunday Civic Center market, and for the last 2 Sundays they have donated 10+ boxes of gorgeous tomatoes, squash, and eggplant. Yowza! For those of you who shop at the market, please go by and show them some love.
September 01, 2014
Marin General Hospital
Day after day, week after week, the Nutritional Services team there make sure that all of the hospital’s extra food is readied for ExtraFood pickup. It’s a little-known fact that all of the food in the hospital, both for the cafeteria and for patients, is made in the MGH kitchen. And as you might expect, everything is held to the highest standard there. Marin General is a wonderful citizen of the community and we thank them for their generosity. www.maringeneral.org/about-us/community-benefit
August 24, 2014
Mangia Nosh Catering of San Rafael
Mangia Nosh has been providing gourmet catering to events all over the Bay Area since the 80’s and they’re still going strong. Check ‘em out! www.mangianosh.com
August 17, 2014
Marin Country Mart Farmer’s Market
Located at Larkspur Landing on Saturdays from 9 to 2, the market has a variety of farmers, seafood/meat/dairy purveyors, artisans, brunch/lunch vendors, and entertainment. Their generous vendors have been giving us some terrific produce. Check ‘em out! marincountrymart.com/farmers-market#farmers-purveyors
August 10, 2014
Flour Craft Bakery
Flour Craft is Marin’s first entirely gluten-free bakery. As such, their donations fill a particular need for our recipients that we’re delighted to work with Flour Craft to meet. They donate not only at their retail location in San Anselmo, but at the Civic Center Farmer’s Market as well. If you haven’t already, check out their products—you may be surprised how great they are. Gluten-free can be terrific! www.flourcraftbakery.com
August 03, 2014
Marin Cyclists Club
Our Food Donor of the Week is the Marin Cyclists Club, organizers of next Saturday’s annual Marin Century ride. The ride is a marvel of logistical wizardry and Marin’s natural beauty, taking 2500 cyclists through a number of route choices with many fully-staffed and fully-stocked rest stops. You can imagine how much extra food they’ll have, but this year, thanks to ExtraFood.org volunteer and Marin Cyclists member Paul K and the club, ExtraFood.org will pick up donations of extra food after the ride. Registration for the ride ends tomorrow at noon, and proceeds benefit local cycling-related charities. http://www.marincyclists.com/
July 27, 2014
Golden Gate Farmers’ Market Association (GGFMA) and their Director, Lynn Law Bagley
Lynn is a true pioneer and leader, having developed and/or managed 20 farmer’s markets over the past 30 years, including the original Marin County Farmers Market in 1984. She’s had a huge impact on the availability of fresh, local food in Marin. And, she has worked in myriad ways to help educate Marin residents about sustainable agriculture. ExtraFood.org picks up donations from 3 of GGFMA’s markets—Tam Valley, Corte Madera, and Mill Valley—and we’re grateful for GGFMA’s help in establishing and expanding the flow of donations from their vendors.
July 20, 2014
Adventures Cross-Country (ARCC)
ARCC has been offering extraordinary experiences for teenagers for 31 years, including service programs, language programs, gap year programs, and adventure programs all over the world. This week ARCC donated a large amount of unopened packaged food that they brought back from one of their trips. Check ‘em out! www.adventurescrosscountry.com
July 13, 2014
Taqueria Mi Pueblo of San Anselmo
Mi Pueblo has donated every week since the beginning of January as part of our Planned Giving program. Through that program, we suggest to donors that they bear the small incremental labor and materials costs of making a bit extra of something they’re already making, and donate it through ExtraFood.org. So, Mi Pueblo has been donating 20 freshly-made burritos each week, which a number of different recipients have had the pleasure of receiving. Please show Mi Pueblo and their amazing Mimi some love! http://www.yelp.com/biz/taqueria-mi-pueblo-san-anselmo
July 06, 2014
Marin Sun Farms
Marin Sun Farms provides a complete pasture-to-fork process for grass-fed and pasture-raised beef, pork, lamb, and goat. They’re fully integrated, from raising the animals to processing and distribution, and they have some of the best-tasting and best-raised meat in the country. (Personally, I think they have the best burger in Marin at their Pt. Reyes store/restaurant.) Proteins are absolutely the #1 things our nonprofit recipients ask for, and we couldn’t ask for better than from Marin Sun Farms. Besides at their store/restaurant, you can find their products at Farmer’s Markets and at grocery stores such as Good Earth, Paradise Foods, and Marinwood Market. www.marinsunfarms.com
June 29, 2014
The Agricultural Institute of Marin
AIM is a leader in educating the public about the benefits of buying fresh and locally grown food, and we are delighted by the recent passing of Measure B, which sets up a permanent facility for the Civic Center markets. The Sunday market is the third largest in California! It’s an amazing operation, and with our partners Respecting Our Elders we’ve collected up to 1000 pounds of food donations there in a day. Thank you AIM and your dozens of generous vendors! www.agriculturalinstitute.org
June 22, 2014
Chef Akira was ExtraFood’s very first donor and has donated literally tons of food to our shared cause. As we make our last pickup from him tomorrow, Chef Akira bids Branson goodbye as he moves on to the next phase of his career. We’ll miss him! And we’ll think of him often when we pick up donations from Branson in the future. www.branson.org
June 15, 2014
County Line Harvest
An organic farm with some of the best produce in the country, much prized by many fine restaurants, County Line’s produce ranges at the moment from lettuces and other greens to root vegetables, strawberries, cucumbers, tomatoes, herbs, flowers, and more. You can find them at the Marin Civic Center Farmer’s Market, where they have just begun donating to us. Buy stuff from them, you won’t regret it! countylineharvest.com
June 08, 2014
Welcome new food donor Epicurean Group! Courtney gave us a terrific donation this week. Thank you Courtney and Epicurean! www.epicurean-group.com
June 04, 2014
Safeway San Rafael (B Street)
Safeway started donating recently and has quickly ramped up their donations. Our volunteers tell us that they’ve been donating a wide variety of things, making them a particularly good match for some of our recipients. We’re glad Safeway is on board! Show ‘em some love… http://local.safeway.com/ca/san-rafael-653.html
June 01, 2014
Whole Foods Miller Avenue (Mill Valley)
We started picking up there just as they started revamping their donation program. And it’s been getting bigger and better each week we’ve picked up. They donate produce, prepared food, and bakery goods, and our recipients appreciate all of it. Please go by there and show them some love! www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/millvalley
May 25, 2014
Delicious has been donating, well, delicious food and is one of the first caterers to be doing so regularly. But this isn’t a surprise for the first Marin caterer to be a Green Certified Business. With the cornerstones of their green program being “Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle,” Delicious has been leading the way in their field for a long time. Check out their menus and show them some love when you can! www.deliciouscatering.com
May 18, 2014
Congregation Kol Shofar in Tiburon
In addition to donating food to ExtraFood.org and publicizing our work with their membership, Kol Shofar works to end hunger in a variety of ways, including: being part of the Rotating Emergency Shelter Team, serving meals at St. Vincent de Paul, contributing to a monthly meal at Mill Street Shelter, collecting canned/packaged non-perishable food for the Food Bank and Jewish Family & Children’s Services, and delivering meals to ill congregants. We’re delighted they’re part of the ExtraFood.org community. www.kolshofar.org
May 11, 2014
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
Truly one of the treasures of the County, Spirit Rock provides silent meditation retreats, classes, trainings, and study opportunities for new and experienced students from diverse backgrounds. It is a setting “where we can renew our connection to ourselves, to nature, and to life itself through silence and mindful attention.” Spirit Rock helps individuals “find peace, compassion, and wisdom, and support everyone in taking those qualities into the world.” www.spiritrock.org
May 04, 2014
Whole Foods San Rafael
Whole Foods San Rafael has been donating large amounts of extra food — produce on Sundays and produce, dairy, prepared food, and bakery goods on Mondays and Tuesdays. Andrea in Community Relations, Steve and Edna in Dairy, Fred and team in Produce — they’re all terrific, and making a huge difference for hungry people in Marin.
April 27, 2014
Mi Pueblo of Novato
Mi Pueblo is part of our Planned Giving program: they’re *making* extra food for us to pick up every week. And the recipient loves it. Please go by Mi Pueblo whenever you can and support their business by eating some of their great food! https://www.facebook.com/mipueblonovato
April 20, 2014
Congregation Rodef Sholom
CRS has been there with us from the very beginning, and not only have they donated lots of terrific food, but they have helped us build our organization by getting the word out frequently and consistently to their membership. We have numerous volunteers who have found us through their efforts. CRS has a very impressive set of hunger-related social action projects in our community, and we’re very grateful for their support. www.rodefsholom.org
April 13, 2014
Green Gulch Farm Zen Center
Green Gulch has been donating wonderful vegetarian food which is a great fit for some of our recipients. Of their center, Green Gulch says, “our effort at Green Gulch is to awaken in ourselves and the many people who come here the bodhisattva spirit, the spirit of kindness and realistic helpfulness.” www.sfzc.org/ggf
April 06, 2014
SusieCakes at Bon Air
They’re new to the program, but already they’re bringing delighted smiles to those who may not be getting such wonderful goodies very often. Please show them some love by buying things there! You won’t be sorry…. www.susiecakes.com/marin
March 30, 2014
Kaiser Medical Center Terra Linda
Our contact Joanne and her entire team at Kaiser have quickly organized a huge effort to get us their extra food 7 days a week. It’s a massive project to estimate, order, and manage food at a hospital and we are grateful that Kaiser has integrated us so smoothly into their 24/7 work. Plus the complete, microwaveable meals that they donate are like gold to so many nonprofits in the county that want to give their clients a complete, nutritious meal. We have been finding that the complete meals work particularly well with our recipients who serve the elderly. Thank you Joanne and Kaiser! mydoctor.kaiserpermanente.org/ncal/facilities/region/sanrafael/area_master/departments/san_rafael/
March 23, 2014
Arizmendi in San Rafael
You may not know that not only do they have terrific breads, muffins, and sweets, but also pizzas, salads, and sandwiches. They do a terrific job organizing our donation every week — they’re completely dependable and donate big quantities. Please show them some love. www.arizmendi-sanrafael.com
March 16, 2014
Marin General Hospital
Mike, the GM of Food & Nutrition Services there, undertook extensive efforts there starting in December to get approval from MGH executives to participate in our program. And now MGH is donating 7 days per week and has already donated 820 pounds of food. Marin General does terrific charitable work out in the community, and we’re proud to be one of their partners. www.maringeneral.org/about-us/community-benefit
March 08, 2014
Andronico’s in San Anselmo
Andronico’s has been with us since our second week, donating sandwiches and salads twice a week. And now they’ll be expanding what they’re donating. Jonathan, Christine, and all the staff there are great to work with and they do a lot for our community. Thank you Andronico’s!
March 02, 2014
La Boulange in Novato
La Boulange was referred to us by the Marin Food Bank, and has been with us from our very first week. They donate a variety of baked goods from their bakery and savory items from their restaurant. Please show them some love! laboulangebakery.com/
February 23, 2014
Flour Craft Bakery in San Anselmo
Heather and her team make a wide variety of delicious breads, pastries, cookies, brownies, savory breakfast and lunch items, the list goes on! Flour Craft has been with us from the very beginning, and has made a unique contribution to the needs of those in our county who struggle with hunger. Thank you Flour Craft! flourcraftbakery.com
February 16, 2014
The Branson School and Chef Akira
Branson was our very first donor, and they’ve been donating terrific food three times per week. And a lot of it! Thank you Chef Akira and Branson.
February 08, 2014
Mi Pueblo in San Anselmo
At Mi Pueblo in San Anselmo, the delightful Mimi makes and refrigerates 20 burritos for our recipients each week. Yes, *makes*. It’s what we call “planned giving”: as long as an organization is already making food, if they make a little extra (or a lot) we’ll pick it up. Thank you Mimi! Please show Mi Pueblo some love….
February 02, 2014
Comfort’s Cafe in San Anselmo
Comfort’s donated three times this week! Lots of proteins and salads, exactly what’s most valued by our recipients. Plus Comfort’s tells us the contents and approximate weight of each donation, which helps us match it with a recipient. And their food is always great. For those of you who don’t know, they have a cafe and a terrific takeout section. Please show them your support. comfortscafe.com
January 26, 2014