ExtraFood is Selected as Nonprofit of the Year for Marin County

 

 

ExtraFood Named Nonprofit of the Year for Marin County by Assemblymember Marc Levine

 

Kentfield, CA - June 24, 2022

ExtraFood, a nonprofit organization that rescues excess fresh food from businesses and schools and delivers them to distribution partners serving vulnerable people, announced they were named Nonprofit of the Year for Marin County by Assemblymember Marc Levine. 

 

Assemblymember Levine represents California’s 10th Assembly District, which includes Marin and Sonoma counties. Each year, California Assemblymembers and State Senators are invited to honor a Nonprofit of the Year for their district. Co-sponsored by the Assembly Select Committee on the Nonprofit Sector, the Senate Select Committee on the Nonprofit Sector, and the California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits), these awards:

Bring attention and recognition to outstanding nonprofits — especially in the local press where it often means the most.

Collectively illustrate the remarkable diversity and vibrancy of California's nonprofit community: big and small they touch Californians every day through health clinics, churches, American Legion posts, choral groups, Meals on Wheels, prison reform organizations, wildfire relief organizations, museums, environmental advocacy organizations, and more.

Give legislators a way to highlight some types of nonprofits that are often overlooked: all-volunteer organizations and nonprofits based in Black and other communities of color.

ExtraFood Executive Director Will Dittmar says “We are truly honored to receive this award from Assemblymember Levine for our work to end hunger and food waste in Marin. We accept this award on behalf of not only our small, mighty staff but also the hundreds of volunteers, food donors, recipient partners, and financial partners that work with us 365 days a year. Together we serve our community’s most vulnerable children, seniors, and families.”

 

Assemblymember Marc Levine says “I am proud to recognize and celebrate the important work of ExtraFood. They are an exceptional model for how to address hunger, reduce food waste, and fight climate change all at the same time. They are providing fresh, healthy foods to many who would not otherwise have access to it. And they have become a critical part of Marin County’s emergency response, providing over 90,000 freshly-made meals during the COVID-19 pandemic alone. I am grateful for their work and service to the community.”

 

For ExtraFood, everything starts with the needs of people in the community. Because if they have the food they need, children can learn, seniors can age in place with dignity, and adults can find jobs to lift themselves out of poverty. ExtraFood’s vision is that food recovery will be a way of life in the North Bay, to enroll every possible business and school in their program and capture every possible pound of excess food. 

 

Food Waste is an Enormous Environmental Problem

Rotting food in landfills releases methane, which is a main cause of the climate crisis. By keeping food out of landfills, ExtraFood has prevented 450K pounds of methane from being released into the atmosphere and warming the planet, which is the equivalent of 12 million driving miles. Food waste is a solvable problem and ExtraFood is a part of the solution. 

 

ExtraFood’s Impact: 5 Key Achievements since their founding in 2013:

5,500,000 pounds of food organized, rescued, and delivered

More than 140 nonprofits served

8,000 children, seniors, and families reached every week

450K pounds of methane prevented from warming our planet

750+ volunteers donated over 60,000 hours

 

ExtraFood continues to receive far more requests for food than it has supply, and yet so much high-quality food continues to be thrown away. ExtraFood will continue to create a triple impact: on hunger, on food waste’s massive effect on the climate crisis, and on transforming the food system: from wasting food to donating it to people in need. 

 

About ExtraFood:

ExtraFood’s mission is to end hunger and food waste in the community through its innovative county-wide food recovery program. ExtraFood rescues excess fresh food from any North Bay business or school and immediately delivers it to such nonprofits as after-school programs, senior centers, and homeless shelters. ExtraFood fills the gap between those who have food and those who need it. 

 

How the Community Can Help:

• Make a gift to ExtraFood.org, your investment has a double impact on hunger and the environment: give.extrafood.org

• If you’re a business or school, you can donate your excess food to those in need. It’s free, easy, and makes a difference: ExtraFood.org 

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Contact: Mandy Willian | mandy@extrafood.org  | 415-997-9830 x703

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2017 Award Recipient: Achievement in Nonprofit Excellence 2022 California Nonprofit of the Year

Supported in part by:

Marin Community Foundation County of Marin The San Francisco Foundation