ExtraFood Responds to the Crisis: Giving 30,000+ Meals to People in Need
May 27, 2020
I hope you and yours are well. All of us at ExtraFood.org are heartened and inspired by a Marin community that is rising up to support one another during this unprecedented time.
So many people have lost their income during this crisis. At Venetia Valley School in San Rafael, 80% of families lost their jobs. To help fill the gap these families are facing, ExtraFood started a food distribution pop-up with the school and their close partner across the street, Congregation Rodef Sholom.
As a longtime partner of ExtraFood as well, Rodef Sholom quickly set up drive-by distribution for Venetia Valley families to receive thousands of meals that ExtraFood has supplied. Now our community has a much-needed new channel for reaching families, at a time when the need is escalating at an enormous rate. That's the power of our community.
From the beginning of the crisis, the most urgent requests we have received are for nutritious, prepared meals. Thanks to friends like you, ExtraFood is quickly expanding its Community Meals program to meet more of the need: 15 restaurants and caterers are now making meals for ExtraFood to bring to people hit hardest by the pandemic. We are now giving more than 30,000 freshly-made meals to people in need throughout Marin during the crisis. And, our county-wide food recovery program continues to work 7 days a week to rescue excess fresh food -- more than 150,000 pounds during the past 10 weeks -- from Marin's businesses for our community's most vulnerable children, seniors, and families.
The road ahead continues to be long and uncertain, but our hopes continue to rise because of your support and our partnerships with more than 100 organizations like Venetia Valley School and Congregation Rodef Sholom. Working together, we will get through this.
Founder and CEO
P.S. I hope you will consider making a one-time or recurring gift at this time. Our giving page is here. Thank you for your kind consideration.
José from Congregation Rodef Sholom, Cessa from ExtraFood, and Moji from Congregation Rodef Sholom getting ready to distribute meals to Venetia Valley families