ExtraFood Launches Its First Refrigerated Truck: A “Game-Changer” for People In Need
April 02, 2019
EXTRAFOOD EXPANDS ITS FOOD RESCUE CAPACITY
AND LAUNCHES ITS FIRST REFRIGERATED TRUCK
With 1 in 5 people in Marin County worrying about their next meal,
ExtraFood’s truck is a game-changer: it will enable the organization to rescue
1 million pounds of food and reach 9,000 vulnerable people per month in 2019
Kentfield, CA. April 2, 2019 -- ExtraFood, a nonprofit countywide food recovery program working to end hunger and wasted food in Marin, launched its first refrigerated truck today at the Marin Community Foundation in Novato, extending ExtraFood’s reach and its capacity to deliver fresh food to more areas and more people in need.
With more than 49,000 people in Marin County worrying about where their next meal will come from, the launch celebrates the collective efforts of ExtraFood’s truck sponsors, investors, food donors, recipient partners, staff and volunteers who support ExtraFood in expanding its food recovery coalition for people in need. The coalition already includes more than 225 Marin organizations – such as grocery stores, restaurants, hospitals and schools – as food donors, and 121 nonprofit sites – such as homeless shelters, senior housing centers, and after-school programs – as recipients of food deliveries.
Since its founding, ExtraFood has rescued and delivered 2.8 million pounds of fresh food, reaching more than 8,000 vulnerable people per month and preventing 200,000 pounds of methane – that would have been generated by food waste in landfills – from warming the planet. However, the organization’s ability to handle larger food donations, and to access remote areas, was limited by its dependence on more than 600 individual volunteer “food runners” using their own vehicles. The truck, and ExtraFood’s staff drivers, allow ExtraFood to break through this barrier.
Dr. Thomas Peters, President & CEO of the Marin Community Foundation said, “This is a game-changer for ExtraFood that will have an exponential impact on its ability to serve the most vulnerable people in our community.”
“ExtraFood is all about the power of the Marin community,” said ExtraFood Founder & CEO Marv Zauderer. “We are enormously grateful to our investors, partner organizations, and volunteers – hundreds of people working together in this county-wide coalition to heal our planet and serve people in need.”
Joe O’Hehir, CEO of Whistlestop and ExtraFood recipient partner, added, “We believe that food is healthcare, especially for Marin's frail older adult population. Thanks to our collaborative partnership with ExtraFood, Whistlestop’s Nourish home-delivered meals program has more than tripled the number of individuals who receive a fresh meal seven days a week even though these Nourish participants are ineligible for the government-subsidized Meals on Wheels program.”
At the event, ExtraFood gratefully acknowledged the truck’s sponsors: The Bothin Foundation, Marin Community Foundation, Whole Foods Market, Nugget Markets, Marin General Hospital, Kaiser Permanente, Homeward Bound of Marin, West Marin Community Services, St. Vincent de Paul Society of Marin County, Whistlestop Nourish, Marin Sanitary Service, Recology and Zero Waste Marin.
40% of all food is wasted in the U.S., and food waste is a massive contributor to climate change. Yet in Marin, 1 in 5 people struggle with hunger. ExtraFood is the only organization that rescues excess fresh food from any Marin business or school and immediately delivers the food to nonprofits serving Marin’s most vulnerable children, adults, and families – 365 days a year and free of charge. In 5 years, ExtraFood has rescued 2.8 million pounds of food from 225 organizations and delivered it to 121 sites across Marin, including 33 new food programs ExtraFood has started with its partners. ExtraFood reaches more than 8,000 people every month with healthy, fresh food. ExtraFood is ending hunger differently: leading a movement to change Marin’s food system from wasting food to donating it. For more information: http://extrafood.org
To see how ExtraFood works with one of its partners to help break the cycle of poverty: http://tinyurl.com/ExtraFoodImpact
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Note: Photos from ExtraFood's launch event are here.