ExtraFood Responds to the Crisis: Giving 50,000+ Meals to People in Need
July 02, 2020
I hope you and yours are well. As we enter the fifth month of this crisis, all of us at ExtraFood.org are deeply inspired by a Marin community that knows we must continue to rise up together to support those hit hardest by the virus.
Like the underserved persons and their families in isolation, due to being positive for COVID-19, sharing kitchen space with other families and brought to our attention by the County of Marin's Department of Health and Human Services. We know that prepared food is so important when families are sharing kitchen space, and we know a key to being able to stay at home is having food delivered. The County called ExtraFood and asked if we could provide regular meals for these families. Working together, ExtraFood and the County quickly made that happen.
And like the many people in Novato who are underserved. At a time when regular channels for the distribution of food donations are still constrained, ExtraFood saw an urgent need for expanded distribution in Novato. We called Our Lady of Loretto Church, found them to be enormously enthusiastic about starting a food program with us, connected their team with our drive-through distribution site partners at Congregation Rodef Sholom and Venetia Valley School to share best practices, and arranged to supply meals needed by families in the church's parish. This week the church and ExtraFood launched a weekly drive-through distribution program; together we are serving 125 families, most of whom lost their jobs because of the pandemic.
The most urgent requests we receive continue to be 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 using their excess capacity to make meals for ExtraFood. We are now giving more than 50,000 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 140 tons during the crisis -- from Marin's businesses for our community's most vulnerable children, seniors, and families.
The needs of the most vulnerable in the community have increased dramatically, and the road ahead is longer than we had hoped. But with your support, and the support of more than 100 food businesses and distribution partners like the County of Marin and Our Lady of Loretto Church, we are energized to find new ways to serve. Working together, we will get through this.
Founder and Executive Director, ExtraFood.org
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.
Our Lady of Loretto Church volunteers loading meals into car trunks at drive-through distribution