Community Recipient Spotlight
Next Generation Scholars
Next Generation Scholars (NGS), based in San Rafael, believes that equal access to higher education for students from low-income families is the key to making positive changes within our community. Once a week, NGS hosts a “mini food bank” serving 20-40 families, providing a well-stocked bag of donated fresh, healthy food that includes ExtraFood’s donations – such as local produce, dairy, eggs, meat and bread – and occasionally, vegetables and herbs harvested from their student-led garden.
“ExtraFood’s deliveries are absolutely amazing because of the variety we receive,” reports NGS Executive Director, Jeff Escabar, and “without ExtraFood’s partnership, we would not be able to help food-insecure families within our community.”
August 03, 2021
Multicultural Center of Marin
Formerly known as the Canal Welcome Center, Multicultural Center of Marin (MCM) works with immigrant and underserved communities to provide pathways and opportunities for people of diverse communities to come together in strength. By doing so, they become a wellspring for creating positive, community-rooted solutions throughout Marin County. ExtraFood delivers rescued fresh food to MCM every Saturday morning as they begin their food distribution program serving 300-400 families in San Rafael’s Canal neighborhood. “ExtraFood has been a tremendous support – even before the pandemic,” says MCM’s food pantry coordinator Adrian Aragon. Adrain tells us that everyone at the Center is grateful for ExtraFood’s volunteer team that arrives early on Saturday mornings to help distribute the food before the pantry opens, that the quality of the healthy food ExtraFood brings is “superior,” and that recipients are particularly appreciative of locally-sourced, organic food.
April 22, 2021
Enriching Lives Through Music
Enriching Lives Through Music (ELM) has been an ExtraFood partner for many years. Founder Jane Kramer and her team have a full scholarship, multi-year, intensive program that provides music education, ensemble, and performance opportunities to youth to develop the social, emotional, and academic skills they need to succeed in life. ELM serves primarily Latinx children and families who live in and attend school in the Canal neighborhood of San Rafael. We fondly remember ELM’s students giving a wonderful performance at ExtraFood’s very first Volunteer Appreciation Event in 2014, held at Homeward Bound’s Next Key Center. ELM is one of our recipient partners in our Growing the Table project, and has received more than 2,500 pounds of food from ExtraFood since the beginning of 2021.
March 10, 2021
San Geronimo Community Presbyterian Church
The San Geronimo Community Presbyterian Church’s Honor Food Pantry is in its seventh year of serving food- insecure people in rural West Marin, serving low-income seniors as well as families affiliated with their campus preschool. Through an average of 17 deliveries of rescued fresh food each week, ExtraFood provides 95% of the pantry’s food. In response to the pandemic, the Honor Pantry created a drive-through system that distributes 80 bags of healthy food on two days each week.
“With the help of food donations, we are able to regularly give bags filled with a variety of assorted foods: staples, pre-packed meals, bread, veggies, fruit and dairy products. We are seeing a smile on people’s faces as they come through our drive-through pantry, and thanking us for always being there. A senior who may have not made themselves dinner because it was just too much effort, or they just didn’t have food in their home, has had their day/week made better by (ExtraFood’s) donations,” agree Kelly Hunt-Miceli and Margaret Krauss, Honor Pantry Co-Chairs. “We are all just trying to be part of the solution,” Kelly adds.
March 09, 2021