ExtraFood Responds to the Crisis: Partnering With 11 Restaurants & Caterers to Give 6,000+ Meals to People in Need
April 17, 2020
April 17, 2020
I hope you and yours are healthy and safe.
Everything we do at ExtraFood starts with the people in the Marin community who struggle with hunger. We're hearing from seniors who can't cook for themselves and can't leave home. We're hearing from parents whose children no longer get the meals they received at school. And we're hearing from families who have lost their jobs -- some temporarily, but some permanently.
We are quickly expanding our work to meet more of the need. We've had a surge of organizations donating excess fresh food to our county-wide, 7/365 food recovery program as these organizations close or respond to widely-shifting patterns of supply and demand. We're ensuring that food is not wasted and we're getting it to people who need it most.
At ExtraFood, we're always listening for the most urgent needs. And from the beginning of the crisis, we've heard a dramatically increased need for prepared meals.
To address that vital need, we're expanding our Community Meals Program. Led by Insalata's in San Anselmo, which is making 6,000 meals for us, 11 Marin restaurants and caterers are now making meals for ExtraFood to get to people hit hardest by the crisis.
After receiving Insalata's meals, an elderly couple in Pt. Reyes Station said, "these meals were made by an angel." A senior resident at a Fairfax housing center said, "the meals have saved us." And a senior in Marin City called and said, "Thank you for caring about me."
Our restaurant and caterer partners have a variety of models for helping ExtraFood meet the need. At Insalata's, a GoFundMe has enabled the restaurant to open solely to make meals for ExtraFood. At Flour Craft Bakery & Café in Mill Valley, customers can add $10 meals for seniors to their order. And at Lotus Cuisine of India in downtown San Rafael, delicious organic meals are made for ExtraFood while the restaurant fills takeout and delivery orders.
Marin's restaurants and caterers are central to community-building in ordinary times, but now their futures are threatened. Despite their operations being severely curtailed and income drastically reduced, ExtraFood's partners are expanding their impact in our community and keeping their workers employed by cooking meals for ExtraFood.
Please consider supporting our generous partners during this crisis: Beso Bistro (Novato), Classic Culinaire (Novato), Creekside Bar & Taproom (San Anselmo), Flour Craft Bakery & Café (Mill Valley), Insalata's (San Anselmo), Lotus Cuisine of India (San Rafael), My Thai (San Rafael), Mulberry St. Pizzeria (San Rafael), Piatti (Mill Valley), and Taqueria Mi Pueblo (San Anselmo and San Rafael).
Some have asked how they can help ExtraFood directly. Now more than ever, community members like you can make a gift to support our emergency relief work. We face higher operational costs, including temporary help for our small staff, increasing staff hours, and expanding usage of refrigerated vehicles.
An investment in ExtraFood today will nourish the most vulnerable among us. Our giving page is here.
Together, we will get through this.
Thank you for your kind consideration.
Founder and CEO, ExtraFood.org
Preparing wild mushroom lasagna at Insalata's Restaurant