Food Recovery in Marin County: By rescuing excess fresh food from businesses and immediately delivering it to nonprofits serving Marin’s most vulnerable children, adults, and families, we address the critical issues of hunger, wasted food, and the climate crisis.

ExtraFood Responds to the Crisis
April 06, 2020

April 6, 2020

Dear Community,

I hope you and yours are healthy and safe. 

At ExtraFood, we are quickly expanding our work in response to the crisis and the great need for food delivery. Today we launched a project with Insalata's Restaurant to give 6,000 freshly-made meals to food-insecure people sheltering in place in Marin.

ExtraFood Founding Board member and Insalata's owner Heidi Krahling is deploying a small crew in the restaurant's kitchen, under strict sanitary and distancing guidelines, to cook and package meals for ExtraFood. For 2 months, Insalata's will produce 150 nutritious meals per day, 5 days a week, for ExtraFood to deliver for children, seniors, and families in need. ExtraFood will supply some of the meals' ingredients from donations of excess fresh food we rescue through our county-wide food recovery program.

During this crisis, the most frequent request we hear from people struggling with hunger, by far, is for complete, prepared meals. Just as we did during the fires and power outages, ExtraFood is quickly leveraging its nimble model to increase our response to this need.

At the same time, because of the support of the Marin community and friends like you, we continue to deliver rescued food to people with the greatest need, from Novato to Marin City, from Pt. Reyes to the Canal. 

At ExtraFood, we are responding quickly because we can. Being small but mighty, being nimble, and understanding and meeting our community's most pressing needs for the past 6 years are what make us uniquely capable of making an impact during this crisis.

Our project with Insalata's expands our program and our impact. And although some of our food donors have closed their doors for now, there is still plenty of excess fresh food available from other donors, such as grocery stores, and we need to get that food to the people who need it most.

Some have asked how they can help. Now more than ever, friends like you can make a gift to support our emergency relief work. Gifts to ExtraFood at this time will directly impact our delivery of food to those most in need in Marin. Our giving page is here

An investment in ExtraFood today will provide nourishment -- and hope -- when Marin needs it most. Together, we can get through this.

With gratitude,

 

 

Marv Zauderer

Founder and CEO, ExtraFood.org 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Insalata's Manager Bobby Boyet making meals for ExtraFood

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Insalata's Owner Heidi Krahling, ExtraFood Food Recovery Driver

Patrick McNamara, and ExtraFood Founder Marv Zauderer

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March 22, 2020

Dear Community,

All of us at ExtraFood hope you and yours are well. Our county-wide food recovery program is in full operation, thanks to the support of our volunteers, food donors, recipient partners, funders, community advocates, and small (but mighty!) staff. All of this heartwarming support is making an enormous impact at a time when our 365-days-a-year service is facing new challenges and is needed more than ever. 

Because of that support, we are making a signficant difference for the many young children who received the milk and fruit donated after San Rafael City Schools' closure. For the formerly homeless in transitional housing whose meals were enhanced by 1000 pounds of food from Restoration Hardware's cancelled rooftop restaurant opening. And for the seniors who received more than 80 meals from Insalata's restaurant. And for so many more.

In partnership with many people and organizations across the county, together we are helping to ensure Marin's children, seniors, and families in need can shelter in place.

Some have asked us how they can help, so we have established a fund to help us with added costs, such as extra staffing, that we face at this time.

Kentfield poet Roger Housden writes, "When the heart opens, the world pours in." I am seeing many, many people open their hearts to our community and our world at a time when physical distance separates us more than ever. Our interdependence has never been more clear to me or more urgent. We are honored to be serving the Marin community.

Warmly,

 

 

Marv Zauderer

Founder and CEO, ExtraFood.org 

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