Community Volunteer Spotlight
Kit and Joe
This week we salute and spotlight an amazing volunteer duo that has volunteered together for ExtraFood for years. Kit joined our volunteer team in November 2015 and Joe joined shortly after in July 2016. Together this dynamic duo has recovered over 80,000 pounds of food in over 270 food trips.
Kit and Joe are both members of the San Geronimo Green Apron team that work tirelessly at the San Geronimo Presbyterian Church to support their amazing food pantry. This pantry supports over 150 families in this community of Marin. Kit and Joe have done regular weekly food trips that are quite large from Sprouts and Trader Joe’s markets, and are able to recover wonderful fresh healthy produce and prepared meals for their community. Since the distance to San Geronimo is a little further than our usual trips, their dedication to these trips every week, allows us to serve and bring more food to this beautiful community. Thank you Kit and Joe for your commitment and loyalty to our ExtraFood mission and for serving your community with such dedication - you both truly make a difference!.
December 17, 2021
Bob has been a dedicated ExtraFood volunteer since September 2019 and has recovered over 4,600 pounds of food in over 115 food trips. Bob has taken on many different food trips over the years, including grocery stores, hospitals and restaurants - delivering to all areas of the county - from Performing Stars in Marin City to San Geronimo Presbyterian Church!. This fall, Bob jumped right in to help with the new school lunch donations and does several food trips every week from the school donations! This has been such a big help as this part of the donation program has expanded quite rapidly, and this food donation is a perfect fit for many of the children and families we serve.
Bob always seems to know when he is needed most and often signs up for trips that need to be filled the same day. Bob is always willing to go the extra mile and often goes to several recipient locations with a large donation. He has a strong knowledge of the food that the recipients need and often gives the operations team new information for future trips. The recipients look forward to seeing what food surprises he brings to them each visit! Thank you Bob for your support and commitment to our community. ExtraFood is very grateful to have you on our volunteer team!
November 11, 2021
Vickie has been a very loyal ExtraFood volunteer since April 2019 and has recovered over 50,000 pounds of food in over 114 food trips. Vickie has taken on many different food trips over the years, but found a trip that she loves doing - Trader Joe’s to People’s Inter-Cities Fellowship. This trip is so large that her husband joins her and they each fill up their own large SUV with close to 1000 pounds of food each week! Vickie also brings flowers and other items from the store and has established an amazing relationship with this recipient partner. She often lends a helping hand and support to the recipient in other ways outside of ExtraFood and does amazing work in the community. Leticia, from People’s, often has commented how much she appreciates Vickie and all that she has done for them. Vickie makes sure that no stone goes unturned at Trader Joe’s and ensures she has touched every department in the store to see if they have a donation.
Vickie has also worked as a leader at the Farmers’ Market on Sundays at the Civic Center. She has assisted on event planning in the past and even created and donated a wonderful give-a-way item that demonstrates the beauty and spirit of Marin. Vickie has such a wonderful spirit and heart, and we are very grateful to have her on our volunteer team and to see what a difference she has made in the community! Thank you Vickie for your amazing contributions, support and loyalty!
October 26, 2021
Shana and Kat
This week we are highlighting two volunteers who are good friends and just happened to attend the same training session for becoming a volunteer with ExtraFood back in December 2018. Shana and Kat first happened to attend a meeting where they heard Marv, our Executive Director, speak about ExtraFood and then both were moved to support and sign up for the next volunteer orientation session - not even knowing that the other one had signed up too!
Both volunteers have achieved the milestone of completing 100 food trips and even more with over 10,000 pounds of food recovered between them both. Shana and Kat are both great at jumping in for the trips that we most need to fill. Each of them have picked up from over 30 different food donors and delivered to over 30 different recipients - they have seen an amazing variety of food trips! Here they are pictured together on a food trip from MH Bread and Butter with Shana on the left and Kat on the right in the photo. It’s always fun to do food trips with friends!
Thank you Shana and Kat for being such wonderful ExtraFood volunteers and for your many contributions to ExtraFood - we appreciate your hard work and loyalty - you both have truly made a difference in the community!
October 13, 2021
Otto has been an ExtraFood volunteer since March 2020 and has completed over 65 food trips, and recovered over 5,000 pounds of food! Otto started volunteering right as the Covid-19 pandemic began, but that did not deter him from continuing his mission to volunteer with ExtraFood every Sunday. Otto was looking for a volunteer opportunity where he could help end food waste, bring healthy food to those in need and he enjoys driving - what a great match with ExtraFood!
Otto has been a regular volunteer since he started and has really found a food trip that speaks to his heart. He has developed an amazing relationship with the wonderful senior residents at Cecilia Place. They specifically have told us that “They appreciate the work that he does to get them the wonderful Whole Foods donation every Sunday. He takes such great care of them and is a joy to work with.”
Thank you Otto for being such a wonderful ExtraFood ambassador and for your many contributions to ExtraFood - we appreciate your dedication and you have truly made an impact in the community!
September 27, 2021
Diane has been an ExtraFood volunteer since May 2019 and has recently reached a milestone of completing 100 food trips, and recovering over 8,300 pounds of food! Diane jumps in and does a large variety of food trips each week - Large grocery stores, hospitals and schools and very often volunteering at the Thursday Farmers’ market. She enjoys the variety of trips, and meeting new food donors and recipients on her many travels from Northern Novato to Sausalito - she has truly covered the county! Our recipients are always so grateful to Diane for her cheerful smile and positive attitude.
Diane joined ExtraFood because she believes “taking care of food ‘waste’ and providing food for those in need are both passions she believes in strongly”. Diane worked several weeks on the very important Growing the Table project earlier this year and is always willing to jump in when needed! Thank you Diane for being such a wonderful ExtraFood ambassador and for your many contributions to ExtraFood - we appreciate your dedication and you have truly made an impact in the community!
September 02, 2021
Patricia has been an ExtraFood volunteer since August 2018, has completed 130 food trips and recovered over 28,000 pounds of food! When Patricia first started she jumped in quickly doing many different types of food trips - Le Chalet Basque, Arizmendi, and Safeway Terra Linda to name a few. Then in January 2019, Patricia did her first trip from Nugget Novato to Homeward Bound-New Beginnings and found her permanent spot!
Patricia has been a very dedicated regular volunteer that owns this trip every Saturday morning for over two and a half years! She has been a wonderful ambassador by creating strong relationships with Nugget and New Beginnings. Thank you Patricia for your loyalty and commitment to ExtraFood. You have truly made a difference in our community!
August 16, 2021
Dianna has been an ExtraFood volunteer since September 2019 and has recently reached a milestone of completing 100 food trips, and recovering over 8,400 pounds of food! When Dianna first started she jumped in quickly doing many different types of food trips - Arizmendi, Safeway Stores, and Byte Foods to name a few. Now she also regularly does the MarinHealth Medical Center trips during the week bringing the wonderful prepared foods to Marin City Senior Center and Centerpoint on D Street. Our recipients are always so grateful to Dianna for her cheerful smile and positive attitude.
Dianna joined ExtraFood because she believes “fresh healthy food is medicinal and getting fresh food out of the waste stream and to people that need it is such an important mission”. Dianna is a wonderful ambassador for ExtraFood and continuously spreads the word of our good work to others in the community - she is a great promoter of our mission! Dianna also jumps in to help with photo shoots when volunteers are needed. Thank you Dianna for your support and many contributions to ExtraFood - we appreciate your dedication and you have truly made an impact in our community!
August 03, 2021
Wendi has been an ExtraFood volunteer since August 2017 and has recently reached a milestone of completing 400 food trips, and recovering over 43,000 pounds of food! When Wendi first started she jumped in quickly doing many different types of food trips - Arizmendi, Safeway Stores, Woodlands Market and Byte Foods to name a few. Within the first year she also found a trip that she really loved and has been dedicated to doing that food trip as a regular volunteer for over three years.
Her weekly regular trip is helping at the St. Andrew Presbyterian Church on Mondays recovering and sorting food that she then brings to two different recipients on Monday mornings. Wendi takes care in sorting and knows exactly what each of her recipients needs for their community, and they appreciate all that she does to ensure that they are thought of in such a personalized manner. She has made many friends at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, People’s Inter-Cities Fellowship and Shelter Hill. Thank you Wendi for being such an incredible ambassador for ExtraFood and for creating such meaningful partnerships - they all look forward to seeing your big smile and friendly attitude each Monday morning. What a great way to start your week! We are so grateful to have you as a part of our volunteer team and truly appreciate your dedication and commitment to our ExtraFood mission!
July 09, 2021
Julia has been an ExtraFood volunteer since July 2017 and has recently reached a milestone of completing 100 food trips, and recovering over 17,000 pounds of food! She has been a regular volunteer for over three years on the Thursday Mollie Stones Market trip. Prior to joining ExtraFood as a volunteer, Julia lived in San Francisco and was an active volunteer at their food recovery organization called Food Runners. When Julia moved to Marin we were very lucky that she found us and joined ExtraFood as a volunteer in Marin!
Her weekly regular trip from Mollie Stones takes her to People’s Inter-Cities Fellowship where she always shares her warmth and friendly attitude along with that wonderful fresh food! We always know that this trip is covered each week and appreciate the longtime loyalty of Julia for doing this important food trip. Thank you Julia for your dedication and commitment to our ExtraFood mission and for making a difference in the community!
June 29, 2021
Siobhan has been an ExtraFood volunteer since September 2016 and has recently reached a milestone of completing 300 food trips, and recovering over 23,000 pounds of food! She has been a regular volunteer for many years on the Marinwood Market trip. For years this donation and trip went to San Rafael Rotary Manor where Siobhan was such a welcome sight and enjoyed interacting with the team at this wonderful community (pictured in the above photo prior to Covid). The food trip has changed over the years, but Siobhan was always flexible and willing to go to new locations bringing her friendly attitude and big smile to Ponderosa Estates and now New Beginnings! She is willing to go south or north Marin - whatever is needed to ensure this healthy donation gets to a deserving community we serve.
Siobhan also jumps in and does many other trips, including different grocery stores, Kaiser, Lotus Restaurant and even helping at the Farmers’ Markets! Thank you Siobhan for your longtime dedication and commitment to our community and the ExtraFood mission to end hunger and reduce food waste!
June 07, 2021
Linda has been an ExtraFood volunteer since October 2016 and has recently reached a milestone of completing 500 food trips, and recovering over 26,000 pounds of food! She has been a regular volunteer for many years, doing two Kaiser trips each week. The recipients at Whistlestop and San Rafael Rotary Manor look forward to her visits every week! Linda was also a regular volunteer with the previous Byte program and looked forward to working with other volunteers at this food distribution. Linda has also worked at the office doing various administrative tasks in the past - most helpful when having a small staff.
Linda started volunteering with ExtraFood because she said “food is the basic requirement for anything else good happening, and living in Marin with such abundance, it’s difficult to imagine people here being hungry.” Well Linda, because of your incredible contributions you have definitely made a large impact in the community by helping to bring this great abundance of food to those in need! Thank you Linda for your continued dedication and amazing support to ExtraFood and our partners!
May 26, 2021
Gary has been an ExtraFood volunteer since January 2017 and recently hit a major milestone of completing 750 food trips. In just four years Gary has rescued 59,000 pounds of food! Gary jumps in when it is most needed during the week. Gary doesn’t own a specific trip each week, but he swoops in to fill open trips for a day - sometimes doing 2-3 trips in one day. He often comes to our rescue last minute and we really appreciate it.
Gary does whatever trip is needed - grocery stores, restaurants, hospitals and even this summer he helped at the Farmers’ Market on a very smoky day! His friendliness and organization are a welcome sight to our recipient partners - as shown in the photo above with the amazing volunteer team at People’s Inter-Cities Fellowship, (pre pandemic with no masks!). Thank you Gary for your continued dedication and amazing support to ExtraFood and our partners - your many contributions have made a significant impact in the community!
April 20, 2021
Laurie has been an ExtraFood volunteer since July 2019 and recently hit a major milestone of 100 food trips, rescuing just over 13,000 pounds of food! Laurie owns two different food trips - Nugget Tiburon on Wednesdays and Thursdays every week. As you can see from the photo, she is not afraid of the large donations and fills her car each time with the amazing food from Nugget. Laurie has worked very closely with the Nugget Market and has established strong relationships with all of the receiving and grocery department representatives.
Laurie has also cultivated great relationships with her regular recipient partners - Larry at Shelter Hill and Leticia at People’s Inter-Cities Fellowship. Each of the recipients have expressed how grateful they are for the food she delivers each week. Thank you Laurie for your dedication and continued support - you are truly making a difference in the community!
April 12, 2021
Peter has been an ExtraFood volunteer since January 2015 and recently hit a major milestone of 600 food trips, rescuing just shy of 100,000 pounds of food!!! Peter owns two different food trips - Nugget CM on Thursdays and Trader Joe’s on Sundays, so he definitely has rescued some “large” donations over the years! Our food donors look to Peter for his expertise and experience every week in helping with their donations. Peter is shown in the photo above (Pre COVID - no mask) on one of his many trips.
Peter has been a very dedicated volunteer and he is always such a welcome sight at his recipients - from San Rafael Rotary Manor to St. Andrew Presbyterian Church. Each of the recipients have expressed how thoughtful and kind Peter is to them and how grateful they are for the food he delivers each week. Thank you Peter for your continued support - you are truly making a difference in the community!
March 26, 2021
Ria has been an ExtraFood volunteer since September 2016 and just hit a major milestone of 300 food trips, rescuing over 14,000 pounds of food! Ria owns three different food trips on Thursdays of each week - Flour Craft and Rustic Bakery, and recently added the Novato School District food trip.
Ria has created outstanding relationships with her regular recipient partners and proactively looks out for their needs. Her big smile and great attitude is always a welcome sight at Marin Community Clinics, Hamilton Meadows and the North Bay Children’s Center! Ria always keeps the ExtraFood staff up to date on any new information that we need from those recipient partners.
Ria has a passion for finding ways to help local causes. She is a true believer in doing good to help make a difference in her community and she has accomplished this in many ways throughout the years volunteering at ExtraFood. Thank you Ria for all your continued support and loyalty to those you help every day - you truly have made a difference!
March 08, 2021
Ellen has been an ExtraFood volunteer since March 2014 and just hit a major milestone of 800 food trips, rescuing over 43,000 pounds of food! Ellen has been a regular volunteer with ExtraFood from almost the beginning. She currently does a weekly Kaiser trip and has done many various trips through the years. Ellen was also one of the first volunteers at the Sunday Farmers’ Market and volunteered on many Sundays for three years!
Ellen’s positive energy and smile are such a welcome sight for all of the recipient partners she has worked with - Parnow Friendship House, St. Vincent de Paul Society, Novato House and many more! Ellen has also volunteered and worked hard on many volunteer appreciation events and special projects like our last photo shoot - she is always willing to help in any way she can. Thank you Ellen for your years of loyalty and dedication to ExtraFood and our partners. You are an amazing ambassador and have made such a meaningful difference in the community. We appreciate your generous gift of time and spirt to the ExtraFood mission for the past seven years!
February 23, 2021
Caroline has been an ExtraFood volunteer since August 2017, has recovered over 10,000 pounds of food, and recently reached a milestone of completing 300 food trips! Caroline averages about eight trips per month and always jumps in when it is needed. She often does trips from MH B&B, Johnny Doughnuts and Mulberry Pizza among many others. The recipient partners look forward to seeing her and her great smile as she is willing to travel to many areas of Marin - North Marin Community Services, The Redwoods, St Vincent de Paul Society and many more.
Caroline found out about ExtraFood from a friend and wanted to join the cause and help eliminate food waste. Thank you Caroline for your loyalty to our mission and for your dedication to helping end hunger and wasted food in Marin. We are grateful to have you on our volunteer team!
February 19, 2021
Judy has been a volunteer with us since July 2019, recently reached the 100 food trip milestone and has recovered over 4500 pounds of food! Judy has always jumped in to do food trips when needed in addition to doing her weekly regular trip from MarinHealth Center every Wednesday. She is a welcome sight to Leticia at People’s Inter-City Fellowship each week and her positive attitude is most appreciated! Judy has volunteered at many other locations as well, including Safeway, Arizmendi and Peets, bringing great food to San Geronimo Presbyterian Church and St Vincent de Paul Society.
Judy believes that “food is a necessity of existence; far too many people here in Marin are without”, and she has been very supportive to ensure those in our community in need are helped. Thank you Judy for your dedication and loyalty to ExtraFood and for making a difference for so many!
February 01, 2021
Since joining ExtraFood as a volunteer food runner in October 2018, Dennis has completed more than 600 trips, rescuing over 45,000 pounds of food for the vulnerable people we serve in Marin County. In 2020 alone, he has completed more than 400 trips, which is the highest number of food trips completed in just one year by ANY volunteer on our team! Dennis delivers food from local organizations such as Safeway and Trader Joe’s to local nonprofits such as Marin City Senior Center, St. Vincent de Paul Society, Sausalito Presbyterian Church, Marin Services for Men, and People’s Inter-Cities Fellowship.
Dennis was one of the first volunteers to step up and volunteer by delivering food with our new COVID-19 safety protocols in place. Dennis wanted to ensure that our mission could continue by doubling the number of food trip shifts he completed each week. Dennis was one of ExtraFood’s “go-to” volunteers as we navigated the many changes necessary to keep our mission alive to deliver food to those in need.
One great example of this comes directly from our contact at People’s Inter-Cities Fellowship in Marin City, where Dennis delivers food several times per week. She told me that Dennis is “dedicated, dependable, kind and has a heart of gold – he has been a “God-sent”. One of the deliveries that Dennis makes to People’s is a large Saturday donation from Trader Joe’s, which he does with him lovely wife, Vickie. Together, they drive two large cars filled with an average of 600 pounds of food for People’s to utilize and distribute throughout their community. One particular day, Dennis asked, “What else can I do for your community?” He knew that there were many seniors that were homebound, so he wanted to help even more. On his own, Dennis purchased 30 restaurant meals that he personally delivered to the sick and shut-ins throughout Marin City. He and his wife also found a flower donation at Trader Joe’s and brought the flowers along with the prepared meals. We were told that the seniors were extremely grateful for those meals and the flowers were such a special touch that brightened their day during a very dark time.
Dennis truly embodies ExtraFood’s values, as reflected in our motto: “Food recovery with the human touch.” We feel so fortunate that he has chosen ExtraFood, our partners, and the people we are serving together as the grateful recipients of his boundless generosity, enormous impact, and exemplary service. It is an honor to work with Dennis, whose personal ambition is to be of service to others in his very humble way. We thank you for your devoted time, energy and generous heart to those in need throughout the community of Marin - Congratulations Dennis on being ExtraFood’s Volunteer of the Year!
January 14, 2021
Elena has been a very dedicated volunteer with ExtraFood since March 2014 and has recently reached a milestone of 200 food trips recovering over 10,500 pounds of food! Elena has done a wide variety of trips in the past few years, but often recovers the wonderful prepared foods from MarinHealth Medical Center on Sundays and Mondays. This is such a great donation for us and she has expertly navigated the hospital to bring this food to the very grateful recipients at Voyager Carmel Center, a Homeward Bound facility.
Elena has volunteered on many food trips including the Farmers’ market a few years ago. She started out as a volunteer with the help of her son, Aidan, who is now in college, but still helps out when he can! Elena has brought burritos and bagels to NextGen Scholars and many pounds of food to St. Vincents as well! Elena’s cheerful personality and kindness has made a significant impact on these communities. Thank you Elena, for your loyalty and dedication to ExtraFood and to those you have served in your community!
December 08, 2020
Karen has been a loyal volunteer with ExtraFood since March 2019, and has completed 55 food trips recovering over 5500 pounds of food! Karen is a regular volunteer that owns a trip from Safeway Terra Linda every Friday. She is an amazing ambassador for ExtraFood as she has created a very strong relationship with the Safeway Terra Linda team. The receiving team all know Karen and look forward to her visits because she knows exactly what to do at their store. She even gave the team her cell phone number in case a large donation pops up that she can assist with!
Karen is always willing to help and gets involved in other areas with ExtraFood in addition to her regular trip. She was one of our “models” from our Extra Food photo shoot this summer and she joined us on our first “volunteer field trip” to New Beginnings last March. Karen delivers food to St. Vincents and Martinelli House and they are most grateful for her kindness and positive attitude. She has made a significant impact on these communities with her commitment to ensuring their needs are met. Thank you Karen, for your loyalty and dedication to ExtraFood and to those you have served in your community!
November 25, 2020
Linda has been a loyal volunteer with ExtraFood since October 2018, and has completed 136 food trips recovering over 5000 pounds of food! Linda has had a regular food trip ever since she started as a volunteer. Every week, her food trip takes her from Safeway Novato to Novato House and Gilead House. When there are additional donations, she kindly brings the overflow to New Beginnings.
Linda’s bright smile and warm personality are a welcome sight when she brings the donations to these recipients. She always knows what they need and keeps us informed as to other ways we can assist. These two recipients are residential facilities that provide transitional housing and services to families. Linda has made a significant impact on these communities with her commitment to ensuring their needs are met. Thank you Linda, for your loyalty and dedication to ExtraFood and to those you have served in your community - you truly have made a difference!
November 12, 2020
Kathy has been a loyal volunteer with ExtraFood since March 2016 and has completed over 250 food trips recovering over 28,000 pounds of food! Kathy has had a regular food trip for years from Nugget Corte Madera to Marin Community Clinics every week. Since March, she has also recruited her husband to help and become an official volunteer as well!
The clinic looks forward to seeing Kathy and her energetic personality each week! Kathy has created a great relationship with the team at MCC and knows exactly the food they need, and always keeps us informed of any changes and needs the clinic has. Kathy also helped us with our Thank You Card project presentation to the Nugget CM as she has become quite well known at the Nugget too! Thank you Kathy for all you do to help end hunger and food waste in Marin - you make a difference and impact in your community!
October 30, 2020
Lucy has been a dedicated volunteer with ExtraFood since August of 2017 and recently passed the 100 food trip milestone. She is a regular volunteer on the weekends, currently owning three trips! She has volunteered on the Nugget Novato and Woodlands Kentfield trips for years, and the recipients at San Rafael Rotary Manor and New Beginnings look forward to her big smile and cheerful demeanor when she arrives!
In recent months, the need at the MultiCultural Center has increased dramatically at their Saturday pantry, and they needed their food donation very early on Saturday morning from Costco. Lucy graciously agreed to do this trip weekly at 7:30am - so grateful that she is a “morning person”!
Thank you Lucy for your dedication to ExtraFood’s mission to end hunger and reduce food waste in Marin. We are truly grateful to Lucy for her commitment to being an amazing ambassador for ExtraFood in the community.
October 12, 2020
Hoang has been a dedicated volunteer with ExtraFood since May 2017 when she started at the Marin Civic Center Farmers’ Markets on Sundays. Since the start of the pandemic, Hoang has been our “go to” volunteer and participated in the market every Sunday! She has an amazing ability to sort and split the large Sunday donations with incredible efficiency - it is really magic to watch!
This year, Hoang also became a regular volunteer on three new trips that she owns every week - large grocery stores in Novato, and recipients like New Beginnings, Helen Vine and North Bay Children’s Center are always excited to see her large mini van pull up!
Thank you Hoang for your incredibly hard work, dedication and loyalty to ExtraFood. She always tells us - “If you need me, you call me!”
You are truly a treasure to all those you serve in our Marin community!
October 01, 2020
Lisa L. has been a volunteer with ExtraFood since November 2019, and has completed 88 food trips and recovered over 14,000 pounds of food. Lisa does several trips every weekend and jumps in with a trip or two during the week when she can. Lisa began her food trips right after orientation and she hasn’t stopped since, with over 10 trips per month.
Lisa picks up often from MarinHealth Medical Center, Nugget Corte Madera and the Farmers’ Markets. Lisa’s warm and friendly personality always makes her a welcome sight for our friends at St Andrew Presbyterian Church and People’s Inter-Cities Fellowship.
Lisa recently decided to “own” a trip on the weekends and we appreciate her loyalty to ExtraFood.
Thank you Lisa for your hard work and commitment - you are a great ambassador for ExtraFood and truly making a difference in your Marin community!
August 03, 2020
Dennis has been a volunteer with ExtraFood since October 2018, and in that time he has completed almost 400 food trips! Dennis is an extremely loyal volunteer that steps up to help in any way that he can. Once again he has been there for ExtraFood during this challenging time. Since March of this year when the crisis began, through June, Dennis has completed the largest number of food trips of any volunteer, with 154 trips. Amazing - in that short amount of time-averaging almost 10 trips per week.
Dennis has such a calm and warm personality and is eagerly welcomed by the recipients on some of his regular trips - People’s Inter-Cities Fellowship, St Vincent’s, and Centerpoint to name a few. In addition to his own trips, he also helps his lovely wife and fellow volunteer, Vickie, do one of our largest new trips from Trader Joe’s on Saturdays. Thank you, Dennis, for always being flexible in accommodating last-minute changes and for your strong commitment to ExtraFood’s mission to end hunger in Marin, particularly now during this time when so many people are in need. You are truly an inspiration to your community!
July 05, 2020
National Charity Leage of Southern Marin
Although there have been quite a few changes, the Farmers’ Markets are considered essential right now in Marin - essential to those looking for healthy produce, essential for our wonderful farmers and vendors who rely on on shoppers, and essential for ExtraFood to deliver to recipients in need.
Thank you to our wonderful volunteers that have stepped up to ensure ExtraFood can still participate in recovering healthy fresh food donations from the markets. We want to highlight one group that has been very active in ensuring our Farmers’ Markets have enough volunteers each week - the National Charity League of Southern Marin.
ExtraFood partnered with NCL in the Fall of 2019 when they became the regular volunteer team for every first Sunday of the month at the Civic Center Farmers’ Market. NCL brought a strong group of mother/daughter volunteers, as shown above in the photo, and recovered over 800 pounds of fresh produce at the market on April 7th!
We truly appreciate their partnership and willingness to help our community access healthy food during this challenging time.
May 14, 2020
Hank has been a loyal, core member of our volunteer team for 5+ years and we are SO grateful! Recently he became one of the very few volunteers who has completed 600 food trips— and has recovered over 27,000 pounds of food! Hank regularly picks up donations from Fairfax Market and owns two trips each week out to San Geronimo Valley Community Center. He was also a regular at our Byte distribution on Mondays and still finds time to pick up other trips throughout the month. Our partners in San Geronimo look forward to seeing Hank arrive each week, and enjoy his high energy and sense of humor!
March 12, 2020
In the 18 months since she’s been an ExtraFood volunteer food runner, Darcy has recovered over 5,500 pounds of food and just hit the milestone of 100 trips completed! Darcy jumps in often when we need it most and does a large variety of food trips ranging from Barton’s Bagels to Whole Foods Market. She is often seen volunteering at the Byte food distributions during the week always has a big smile for the many recipients she has met.
Darcy is also an amazing ambassador for ExtraFood and includes ExtraFood in various school community outreach programs, helping to recruit other food donors and new volunteers.
February 28, 2020
Tobey joined ExtraFood in August of 2017 and has been an amazing regular volunteer that we can count on every week! She just reached a new milestone with 303 food trips and recovered over 11,000 pounds of food. Tobey recovers a variety of foods from Safeway Novato, Philz Coffee, and picks up a great donation from the wonderful “My Thai” restaurant.
Not only does Tobey make her regular stops, but she enthusiastically jumps in to cover spontaneous food trips whenever she can! In the summer, Tobey also volunteers to recover the amazing produce at the seasonal Novato Farmers’ Market on Tuesday evenings.
Tobey delivers donations to SR Rotary Manor, Centerpoint and Community Action Marin where she has developed great relationships with the teams at each location - and they are so grateful for her commitment and positive attitude.
Tobey has a background in nutrition and appreciates the need for healthy and nutritious choices for people - she started volunteering with ExtraFood because she wanted to find a new way to help with this and to help reduce food waste.
February 11, 2020
Congratulations to Robin for achieving the incredible milestone of 1000 food trips completed! Robin starting volunteering with us in February 2017 and hasn’t stopped. In just three years, Robin has recovered over 80,000 pounds of food. She truly is the epitome of “can do.” “Well, I have a truck, so I have lots of space for food,” she says. Doing food trips with all that cargo space seems only logical to Robin. And boy does she walk the talk!
Robin regularly picks up regularly from Trader Joes, Target and Fairfax Market and often has jumped in with trips from Whole Foods and Nugget stores. She is a great supporter of her recipient partners and is greeted warmly at San Geronimo Presbyterian Church, St. Vincent’s and Mill Street among many others. Robin is an amazing example of hard work and commitment and has made an enormous difference in our community. Thank you, Robin, for your dedication and commitment to helping to end hunger and wasted food in Marin!
February 07, 2020
Riva has been a loyal volunteer with ExtraFood since March 2014 and has recently hit a milestone of 200 trips! Even more incredible is that Riva has completed over 100 trips just this year. Riva has been very dedicated to the Peets Coffee trips on Wednesdays and Fridays and also our Mulberry Street Pizza trip on Thursdays.
Riva is a welcome visitor at People’s Inter-Cities Fellowship and at Performing Stars in Marin City. Recently Riva has added another trip with one of our new donors – Golden Gate Market. We are truly grateful to Riva for her dedication and commitment to being an amazing ambassador for ExtraFood in the community.
December 06, 2019
Tom joined the ExtraFood volunteer team almost 3 years ago, in December 2016. He was inspired to help ExtraFood from an article that he saw in the local newspaper, and ever since has been committed to giving back and helping “locally” in his own community. Tom recently hit the 100 trip milestone, now having taken 110 trips and recovering over 7300 pounds of food! Tom has several trips that he likes to do regularly, but also jumps in when he sees a need - doing several trips per week!
He most often goes to Arizmendi, Woodlands Markets and helps at our Byte food distribution and recovers food for St. Stephens Church, People’s Inter-Cities and the Redwoods. He recently volunteered in the ExtraFood booth at Whole Foods Mill Valley to help increase awareness of ExtraFood’s mission to end hunger and food waste in Marin.
October 22, 2019
Natalie joined ExtraFood in June 2017 and has been an amazing regular volunteer that we can count on every week as she “owns” 4 different trips! She has completed 333 food trips and recovered over 5000 pounds of food. This year alone, she has completed 130 food trips!
Natalie recovers a wonderful variety of foods from MH Bread and Butter, Comforts Cafe, Marinitas and Johnny Doughnuts, and is able to develop close relationships with her very grateful recipients at Voyager Carmel, Bennett House, Huckleberry Marin and Centerpoint. We are very grateful to have such an extraordinary ambassador in our community.
October 09, 2019
Craig joined the ExtraFood volunteer team 4 years ago, September 2015, as a monthly Sunday Farmers Market food runner with his rotary group. Before long, he had committed to several weekly food trips, delivering food to grateful recipients throughout Marin.
He has recovered food for San Geronimo Valley Community Center and Presbyterian Church, and N. Marin Community Services over the years and they so enjoy seeing his smiling face and gracious attitude! Craig just recently reached the milestone of 600 trips and recovered over 37,000 lbs. of food! We are so grateful to Craig for his tireless dedication to helping fulfill our mission to end hunger and food waste in Marin.
September 26, 2019
Thursday Farmers Market Team
We want to highlight and thank our amazing Thursdays Farmers’ Market Team for their long time dedicated work at the Civic Center each week!
This amazing team consists of Ernie B, Sarah S., Sarah Sl. and team leader Lynne S. This team has worked together for years and has always demonstrated their dedication and commitment to ensuring this incredible healthy produce gets gathered and delivered to our very grateful recipients.
The team works so well together and they even cover for each other during breaks and vacations - they have worked out an incredible system to ensure ExtraFood never misses the opportunity to recover this amazing food. They are hard working and full of energy every week - in fact one Thursday in August it was over 100 degrees and the team gathered over 1000 pounds of produce for our recipient partners - that is dedication!
Lynne works so well with all of her team members and also is a great ambassador to the local Farmers. In fact, she just welcomed our newest Farmers’ Market donor—- Lonely Mountain Farm, who is highlighted this week in our donor spotlight.
September 11, 2019
The amazing Don C. has reached another milestone: 1000 food trips completed! Don joined our volunteer team in February 2016 and hasn’t stopped since; he has rescued more than 27 tons of food. 27 tons! He has several regular routes each week, plus he fills in during other days of the week when he sees trips available that fit with his schedule. Don also initiated the process that led ExtraFood to start a food program for food-insecure students in 2016 at the College of Marin. He has formed very close relationships with the recipient partners and food donors that he connects with each week, and he has demonstrated extraordinary dedication, dependability and passion for our mission. Don is an inspiration to all and has truly made an enormous difference in our community through his work with ExtraFood.
August 28, 2019
Curt has been a dedicated volunteer with ExtraFood for over five and a half years - one of our very first volunteer food runners starting in January 2014. He recently achieved the milestone of 500 trips - now with 514 trips and over 17,800 pounds of food recovered! Curt has “owned” multiple trips for many years now - including the twice-weekly trip from Novato Community Hospital, a weekly trip from Novato Unified School District and a bi-weekly trip from Beso Bistro in Novato.
The recipient partners that he works with include Mackey Terrace Senior Housing, Gilead House and Homeward Bound. They are all extremely grateful for Curt’s positive attitude, and commitment; and they always look forward to their regular visits from Curt! We are delighted to recognize Curt for his long-time and continuing dedication to our mission and the people we are serving together!
August 15, 2019
Maija is an amazing volunteer that has been with ExtraFood for over 2 1/2 years and has just achieved the milestone of completing 500 food trips, while recovering over 53,000 lbs. of food!
This year alone, Maija has 214 trips and regularly handles our biggest donations from Novato to Sausalito. Several times a week she is one of our faithful “regulars” at the Half Day Cafe for the Byte donations and delivers to many grateful recipients including Peoples in Marin City, Whistlestop and Sausalito Presbyterian Church.
Maija helped during the County Fair distribution and she also participates as a volunteer at the Novato Farmers’ Market on Tuesday evenings. Maija’s positive attitude and energy is always on display as she connects with all of her grateful recipients - they are thrilled when they see Maija arrive! Maija has made an enormous impact in our community as her commitment has touched many lives! Thank you for your amazing contributions!
July 31, 2019
Marv has been a loyal, core member of our volunteer team for 5+ years and we are SO grateful! Last week he became one of the very few volunteers who has completed 600 food trips—he has rescued 20 tons of food! Marv regularly picks up donations from Nugget Markets & Marin General Hospital and delivers to grateful recipients. Our partners love his consistency and reliability—they really miss him when he is out of town! We salute Marv’s dedication to our cause, our partners and the people we’re serving together. He’s a shining example of an amazing ambassador for ExtraFood in the community.
July 17, 2019
Dick and Jo C.
Volunteer food runners since January 28th of this year, Dick and Jo jumped in quickly and have already completed 50 trips, reaching their first milestone! They often take on the larger grocery store trips and Dick guides himself through their sometimes complex arrangements. Dick has a positive attitude and always willing to try something new. One week Dick jumped in to fill in for a regular volunteer at the Novato Farmers Market, as they start their new summer season. Jo does a great job of making sure the trip reports are always filled out on time. Thanks Dick and Jo for all you do – we are very grateful to have you on our team!
July 02, 2019
A volunteer food runner with ExtraFood since November 2017, Rena is a volunteer that often does trips from Kaiser Permanente to Whistlestop, and several other trips throughout the week. She was instrumental in helping to distribute our prepared food donations from Byte Foods. One day we had a particularly large donation to sort, and Rena was very flexible and helpful in sorting and delivering 12 bins of food to Parnow Friendship House and the Maria Freitas Senior Community. Rena joined ExtraFood because she saw that it was “such a simple way to eliminate waste and feed people”. Rena has had over 50 trips and certainly has made a significant impact on hundreds of people’s lives.Thank you Rena – we are fortunate to have you on our team!
May 21, 2019
A volunteer food runner with ExtraFood since 2017, Janet’s found her groove in helping to distribute our big – and very highly-coveted – prepared food donations from Byte Foods. Whenever time allows, Janet swoops in and nabs a Byte delivery (or two or three!) for us. She joined ExtraFood as a way to give people in need access to good food while helping to reduce food waste and the environment at the same time. Since then, she has completed nearly 50 food trips, making a significant impact on hundreds of people’s lives. We are so happy to have Janet on our team!
May 05, 2019
We’re so glad Dennis noticed the little ExtraFood table at the big CVNL volunteer fair last fall. Thanks to that chance encounter we got ourselves a super volunteer. In just 5 months, Dennis has completed over 65 food trips recovering over a ton of food. Just last week alone he covered 7 food trips. Whew! We’re so grateful that good fortune sent Dennis our way!
March 24, 2019
He’s not one to seek the spotlight (so you won’t see his picture here), but Morgan has celebrity-like status at ExtraFood. He’s one of our original Food Recovery Heroes, a group of long-time, dedicated members of our phenomenal volunteer team that have volunteered for us for at least 3 years and have demonstrated extraordinary dependability, commitment, and passion for our mission to end hunger and wasted food in Marin. Steady as a rock, Morgan has “owned” a weekly food trip from Marin General Hospital to Homeward Bound’s New Beginning Center since the day he started volunteering with ExtraFood 5 years ago. How grateful we are for Morgan’s reliability, dedication, and passion for serving our community in need!
March 10, 2019
An ExtraFood volunteer food runner since 2015, Peter has delivered over 53,000 pounds of food and he’s completed over 400 food trips! One of our “regular” volunteers, he “owns” weekly food trips that enable him to form a deeper connection with the food donors and recipients that he sees every week. When a recent schedule change prevented him from continuing with one of his long-time weekly food trips, he quickly picked up another trip that fit his schedule. Now that’s dedication! We, and the people that Peter encounters every week at Trader Joe’s in San Rafael, Nugget Markets in Tiburon, Bradley House, and St. Vincent de Paul are truly fortunate to work with Peter.
March 03, 2019
ExtraFood is blessed to have the help of a variety of different types of volunteer food runners, from those that can pick up multiple food trips in a day to those that can jump in to fill open trips at the last minute to those that quietly complete the same food trip every week. Kerri is one of the latter. She may humbly go about her business each week, but her impact is anything but ineffectual. In just under a year, her weekly food trip from Panera Bread has resulted in recovering over 4,000 pounds of food to serve needy seniors at Covia. Seniors are a top priority for ExtraFood, so we are especially grateful for Kerri’s commitment to providing Covia’s independent elders a reliable source of healthy food week in and week out. Kerri is proof that a steady presence can make a big difference in our community.
February 24, 2019
David R., Sr. & David R., Jr.
This father and son team sparks such joy in our hearts and in the hearts of the food donors and recipient organizations they encounter on their volunteer food trips. Since beginning with ExtraFood in December 2016, they have completed close to 90 food trips and recovered nearly 17,000 pounds of food. That’s an average of almost 200 pounds per food trip. Whew! Compassionate hearts and enough brawn to take on (very!) heavy loads without breaking a sweat; talk about a winning combination. We are truly grateful to have this amazing pair on our side.
February 10, 2019
Hoang & Sarah L.
This incredible mother and daughter team knows how to get things done. Together they have delivered nearly 3,000 pounds of food from the Sunday Civic Center Farmers Market, a food trip that involves gleaning and sorting hundreds of pounds of produce and baked goods and two hours of volunteering every time. They started volunteering once a month with the Terra Linda Rotary Club Farmers Market team in May 2017. Since then they’ve jumped at any opportunity to help our other Sunday Farmers Market teams. We are especially grateful for this dynamic duo’s assistance at several Farmers Markets this holiday season, when we called on them just days before the market. Dependable, enthusiastic, efficient, and never hesitant – Huong and Sarah are an inspiration.
January 13, 2019
Robin is the epitome of “can do.” “Well, I have a truck, so I have lots of space for food,” she says. Doing food trips with all that cargo space seems only logical to Robin. And boy does she walk the talk! Since joining the ExtraFood volunteer team in early 2017, Robin and her trusty truck have completed over 750 food trips and recovered over 60,000 pounds of food. Can you fathom that much food?! She has 5 regular weekly food trips and still finds the time and energy to jump in to fill other open food trips whenever she can. Now that’s what we call commitment. Thank you, thank you, Robin, for your dedication to helping end hunger and wasted food in Marin!
December 30, 2018
An ExtraFood volunteer for just under two months, Aileen knows how to make an impact in a short period of time. She’s already recovered over 750 pounds of food! Aileen joined the ExtraFood volunteer team after coming upon our booth at the Marin Volunteer Fair earlier this fall. Solving the problem of hunger in the “land of plenty” has been a passion of hers for years, so connecting with ExtraFood seemed like a great fit. Aileen is a busy person and committing to specific volunteer times and days is challenging, so the flexibility of our program – which enables volunteers to sign up for food trips when it’s convenient for them – and the close proximity of a number of our food donation pickups and deliveries has kept Aileen engaged and enthused. Plus, she says, “It’s fun!” We’re so glad a chance encounter led Aileen to us!
December 16, 2018
Laura and Brian M.
What a pair! When the leadership role of our 4th Sunday Farmers Market volunteer team opened up, this incredible duo combined forces to lead an amazing team of volunteers from their respective Rotary clubs: the San Rafael Evening Rotary (Laura’s club) and the Rotary Club of Terra Linda (Brian’s club). With such competent leadership and a robust pool of willing and able volunteers (and Brian’s big truck for those extra large harvest-season farmers market donations!), their team will never want for helping hands. What’s more, Laura and Brian stepped up to lead our pulled-together 1st Sunday Farmers Market dream team this month when our original team could not make it. Two farmers markets, two weekends in a row, two fabulous leaders, two super Rotary clubs… we are all too aware of how lucky we are to have these two on our team!
December 09, 2018
How does one person deliver nearly 4,000 pounds of fresh, healthy food to serve the needy in less than 6 months? Just ask Kathryn. Determined to stay active and make a difference in her community in retirement, Kathyrn has done just that. Her strong belief in our mission to end food waste in Marin brought her to us. What keeps her coming back every week? She says it’s the flexibility of our volunteer program and the joy and gratitude of the people she encounters on her food trips. We believe her generous and compassionate spirit also have a lot to do with it. We’re so grateful to have Kathryn on our team!
December 02, 2018
Let’s hear it for our Volunteer of the Week, Annie L.! Annie has been a loyal ExtraFood volunteer food runner for 4 of our 4.5 years of operation. In that time she has completed nearly 90 food trips and recovered over 5,000 pounds of food. She takes on regular, weekly food trips and also jumps in to cover spontaneous food trips whenever she can. She currently owns our weekly trip from Barton’s Bagels to the San Francisco Theological Seminary. Students can’t learn when they’re hungry, so the students and their families truly appreciate her consistent deliveries of yummy bagels every Monday. We at ExtraFood appreciate her big heart and commitment to our mission to end food waste and hunger in Marin.
November 04, 2018
Lili is living proof that it doesn’t take a long time for one person to make a big impact. She’s only been volunteering with ExtraFood for one month and has already completed nearly 40 food trips, recovering at least a ton of food. Wowee! She has traveled all over Marin – from Novato to Marin City to San Geronimo and stops in between – to ensure that our recipient partners receive the food they need. We are so inspired by her “can do” attitude and incredible drive to help. How lucky are we to have Lili in our corner?
October 28, 2018
Siobhan has been volunteering with ExtraFood for just two years and has already delivered over 11,000 pounds of food to support our friends in need. Soon after starting with us, she took “ownership” of our Friday Marinwood Market pickup. But her service doesn’t stop there; she also jumps in to fill open trips in the Central and North Marin areas whenever she can, which is a huge help to us. We are so touched by Siobhan’s commitment to helping eliminate food waste and hunger in Marin!
October 21, 2018
A phenomenal volunteer, Ellen is an ExtraFood Food Recovery Hero – a long-time, dedicated member of our incredible team of 300+ volunteers, who has volunteered for ExtraFood for more than 3 years, and has demonstrated extraordinary dependability, commitment, and passion for our mission. She’s been a volunteer food runner since early 2014, helps organize our annual Volunteer Appreciation event every year, helped launch our volunteer name badge “milestone” incentive program, is a mainstay at ExtraFood fundraising events, and was our 2017 Volunteer of the Year. What’s more, she’s jumped in to support the Sunday Civic Center Farmers Market volunteer teams so many times, we’ve lost count. This past Sunday she helped an unusually small team glean, sort, and deliver over 500 pounds of food. Whew! Are we ever glad to heave Ellen on our team!
October 07, 2018
Congratulations to our Volunteer of the Week, Chris G.! He’s only been with us for a short time, but he’s already jumped in with both feet. In addition to completing numerous food trips so far, Chris will be leading our 3rd Sunday team at the Civic Center farmers’ market starting in October. For those of you who haven’t yet volunteered at the market, it’s a fun activity for a team of 5-8 people, collecting produce from the many generous vendors and delivering it for people in need. Chris has already volunteered as a team member at the market and he’s now fired up to lead the team on the 3rd Sunday of every month! We’re grateful for Chris’ passion for our mission and for his leadership.
September 30, 2018
In the 18 months he’s been an ExtraFood volunteer food runner, Matt has recovered over 15,500 pounds of food from Trader Joe’s in San Rafael. Wow! Matt is a member of the San Geronimo Presbyterian Church’s “Green Apron Team.” This special group of volunteers proudly dons their ExtraFood green aprons and travels all over Marin to pick up and deliver food donations to the church’s food pantry, an important food source in the West Marin “food desert.” Thank you, Matt, for your tremendous help in supporting West Marin’s community members in need!
September 23, 2018
Currently a member of ExtraFood’s famous 2nd Sunday Farmers Market team, Larry has been doing some serious heavy lifting for ExtraFood – to the tune of 3,500 pounds! – since 2015. He’s an integral part of the 2nd Sunday team and has only taken one day off from volunteering since joining the team two years ago. What’s more, this former math teacher calculates the weights of all the beautiful produce and fresh baked goods donations his team receives – in his head! Brains, brawn ... Larry’s the whole package. We’re so fortunate to have him on our side!
September 16, 2018
A volunteer food runner since 2015, Lynne has delivered nearly 3 tons of food and completed over 375 food trips. She currently “owns” two regular weekly food trips, picking up food donations from Noah’s Bagels and SusieCakes in Greenbrae. Dependable and flexible, Lynne has rolled with ease through multiple changes in her owned food trips — from pickup and delivery time changes to delivery location changes. We are so grateful for Lynne’s longtime dedication and commitment to ExtraFood!
September 12, 2018
Reliable, steady, dependable – we never fret when Denise is on the job. Every week, for over three years, Denise has picked up food donations from Safeway Community Markets in San Anselmo (formerly Andronico’s) and has delivered them out to the San Geronimo Presbyterian Church. The oftentimes very heavy donations are important to the church’s food pantry, which serves many residents in the West Marin “food desert.” Since April 2015, Denise has brought the church over 40,000 pounds of food. Incredible! We are blessed to have Denise on our team!
September 02, 2018
With nearly 200 food trips under his belt, Howie is a shining example of how big an impact one person can make by jumping in to cover food trips whenever they have an hour to spare. Using this simple tactic, Howie has recovered over 16,000 pounds of food in 2 ½ years. Wow! We don’t know what we’d do without compassionate folks like Howie that take time out of their busy days to lend a helping hand to those who need it most. We’re bursting with gratitude!
August 26, 2018
Joan & Mike L.
While they may not seek the spotlight, we simply couldn’t wait another minute to honor this phenomenal couple. Dedicated volunteers that “own” several weekly food trips, Joan and Mike have been quietly delivering food donations to our grateful recipients – over 10,000 lbs. worth! – for nearly two years. We so admire their sincere concern for our recipient partners and their utter gratefulness for our generous food donors. Their passion for the work that we do is palpable. We are so grateful to Joan and Mike for going “all in” with ExtraFood!
August 19, 2018
Energetic, cheerful, and a wonderful advocate for ExtraFood, Eva has delivered nearly 6,500 lbs of food since joining the ExtraFood volunteer team last fall. She recently helped us add her hometown grocer, the Novato Safeway on Diablo Dr., to our list of generous food donors. She even ran the first two food trips from Safeway to ensure everything went smoothly. We are so grateful to Eva for her dedication to helping us end food waste in Marin!
August 12, 2018
Sharron has had a huge impact on our organization and the people we serve since joining ExtraFood in December 2013. By recruiting numerous food donors into our program – Mi Pueblo, Huarache Loco, Los Moles, Boudin Bakery, and Marin Coffee Roasters to name a few – she has helped us extend our reach to include some of Marin’s most revered and generous food service businesses. Sharron’s enthusiasm and dedication to helping end food waste and hunger in Marin is contagious and we are so lucky to have her on our team!
August 05, 2018
Linda regularly does pickups from Kaiser Permanente Medical Center and also has jumped in many times to help us cover other donations that go to recipients such as Whistlestop. In her time serving with us she has delivered more than 9,900 pounds of recovered food. And, we are sure our recipients enjoy her cheerful attitude as much as we do when we are lucky enough to see her. We are so grateful that Linda has chosen to give her time to ExtraFood!
July 29, 2018
What energy! Gary — a tremendous athlete —joined ExtraFood as a volunteer food runner and he has already recovered over 11 tons of food! If that weren’t enough, Gary often caps off his food deliveries with a trail run through one of Marin’s beautiful parks. He’s even offered to make food deliveries on his bike. (If that were possible, we know Gary would be the first to do it.) This week we had many open trips due to volunteers on vacation. One day Gary jumped in and handled 5 of them for us! What a help that was! We are so psyched that Gary has chosen to focus some of his incredible energy on helping us to end hunger and food waste in Marin.
July 23, 2018
An ExtraFood volunteer for nearly two years, Ria knows Noah’s. The “regular” volunteer on our twice-weekly Novato Noah’s Bagels food trips, she has been integral in helping us secure and maintain our donation pickups at this location. We can always count on Ria to keep us informed of all the goings-on at Noah’s, from holiday closures to changes in contact information. We are truly grateful to Ria for her commitment to being a dedicated and reliable link between ExtraFood and our friends at Noah’s in Novato.
July 15, 2018
Wendi joined ExtraFood in August 2017. In less than a year she has already completed more than 100 food trips, recovering nearly 7,000 lbs of food. Wow! She has also become a very familiar face around the office, frequently stopping by to pick up and deliver one of the many generous daily food donations provided by Byte Foods. Wendi’s commitment and dedication is an inspiration and we are so grateful that she is a part of our team.
July 08, 2018
San Rafael Evening Rotary
Led by Rotarian Terri C., this amazing group of dedicated volunteers energetically and cheerfully gleans, sorts, and delivers fresh produce and baked goods donations from the Civic Center Sunday Farmers Market on the 4th Sunday of every month. These Rotarians clearly embody Rotary International’s credo: Service Above Self. We are so grateful for their dedicated service over the past 2 ½ years!
July 01, 2018
An ExtraFood volunteer food runner since early 2017, Ned has already delivered nearly 7,000 lbs of recovered food. Not only that, he dedicated countless volunteer hours to helping us up our technology game while on sabbatical from work in Silicon Valley this past year. Now back at his day job, he’s still providing us with invaluable technical support and running out on food trips between hours. We are so grateful to Ned for sharing his expertise, dedication, and commitment to excellence with ExtraFood.
June 24, 2018
Cari P. & Bob K.
Not only do Cari and Bob pick up and deliver generous food donations from Nugget Markets in Novato every week, they are also wonderful ambassadors for ExtraFood. They have recently introduced ExtraFood to their rotary club, working to establish a team of volunteers to glean, sort, and deliver beautiful and bountiful fresh produce and baked goods from the Marin Sunday Farmers Market to recipient organizations throughout Marin. Cari has also helped spread the word about ExtraFood’s work through her wonderful writing in local media. We are honored that Cari and Bob have chosen to share their incredible passion for doing good with us!
June 17, 2018
Judy & Jim S.
We can’t get enough of the energy and can-do attitude of this amazing couple. Since joining our volunteer team last fall, they have already completed over 50 food trips. Not only do they jump in to take whatever food trips they can fit into their schedule each week, they are always the very first volunteers to sign up when we publish the coming week’s pickup and delivery schedule. We love that enthusiasm!
June 10, 2018
We can count on Brian to cheerfully respond to our calls for help with spontaneous food trips. Whether we need help transporting a hefty donation from one of our larger food donors, such as Byte Foods, or delivering a lighter load from our friends at SusieCakes and Donut Alley, Brian responds with efficiency and flexibility – sometimes doing as many as 4 trips in one day! It is easy to see how Brian has completed 127 food trips and recovered over 13,000 lbs of food. Wow!
June 03, 2018
A member of our all-important West Marin crew, Susan has been delivering multiple food donations to the San Geronimo Presbyterian Church food pantry every week for nearly 2 years. We are truly grateful for Susan’s dedication to helping bring food to people in the West Marin “food desert,” where residents lack sufficient access to healthy, fresh, affordable food. To date, she has delivered over 14,000 lbs of food to support the West Marin community. Incredible!
May 27, 2018
Kelly H-M. & Lani B.
Part of the San Geronimo Presbyterian Church “Green Apron Team,” Kelly and Lani have been working together to deliver food to the church from Nugget Markets in Tiburon every week since 2016. We love how excited they get when they encounter an especially large donation. And they always express their gratitude to the generous team at Nugget for their donations. We are so fortunate to have such kind-hearted, compassionate, and hard-working volunteers helping support the church, an important partner for ExtraFood in West Marin.
May 20, 2018
John began volunteering with ExtraFood last summer and has already delivered 700 pounds of food to serve our community members in need. Woo hoo! He’s especially drawn to our Johnny Doughnuts pickups (with a name like that, how could he not?) and we are so grateful. He has saved us by jumping in to pick up and deliver these sought-after treats so many times we’ve nearly lost count (not really, we know it’s 24 times). John’s many special deliveries over the past year have put so many smiles on so many faces, including ours. Truly awesome!
May 13, 2018
Andrea is such an integral part of our weekend volunteer food runner team, we can’t believe that she’s only been with ExtraFood for just under 2 years. In that short amount of time, she has completed over 100 food trips and delivered 12 tons of food. She proudly “owns” our weekend run from Whole Foods in San Rafael to the San Geronimo Presbyterian Church and always excitedly reports in to our office whenever she gets to deliver an especially large donation. We love Andrea’s cheerful, compassionate spirit!
May 06, 2018
For over 2 years, Linda has volunteered as a regular food runner, as well as supported us tremendously in the office when we need an extra hand. To date, she has completed over 160 food trips and delivered nearly 15,000 lbs of food to our recipient partners in need. She has developed wonderful relationships with our food donors and recipient partners with her can-do spirit and infectious giggle. We are so grateful to have Linda on the ExtraFood volunteer team!
April 29, 2018
The ultimate Super Mom, Renee shares her time, energy, and tremendous heart with ExtraFood as both a food runner (with 3 recurring weekly food trips!) and office helper while working at another bay area nonprofit and raising a family. In just 18 months, Renee has already delivered over 13,000 lbs of food and completed nearly 100 food trips. When they are out of school, her kids accompany her on food trips, learning valuable skills about helping those in need. We are truly grateful for Renee’s eagerness to help, excellent problem-solving skills, and sunny personality.
April 22, 2018
Making her way to ExtraFood just over a year ago with the aim of helping to get nutritious food to people in need, it didn’t take Gillian long to find her groove picking up and delivering extra food from the Wednesday Corte Madera Farmers Market. The farmers and other market vendors have come to know and trust Gillian with their extra food. They know that it will go to those who need it the most. Gillian has also been a tremendous help recently when we needed teams of volunteers to distribute two giant donations of thousands of pounds of prepared food from one of our regular food donors. She jumped right in on both occasions to deliver food to multiple recipient organizations, helping to ensure that none of it went to waste. We are so grateful for Gillian!
April 15, 2018
A diligent ExtraFood supporter and advocate, Lynne was our very first volunteer way back in December 2013. Just over four years ago, Lynne picked up and delivered 17 lbs of delicious, prepared food that would have otherwise been wasted. Since then, she has completed over 400 food trips and recovered over 27,000 lbs of food. Most of the food she has delivered has come from one of Marin’s famous farmers markets. In fact, we can thank Lynne for initiating our partnerships with many of Marin’s farmers markets. We are so very grateful to Lynne for her continued commitment to helping us to end food waste and hunger in our beautiful county.
April 08, 2018
Denise V. & Tom H.
We just love this wonderful husband-and-wife team! Notorious for jumping in and grabbing some of our harder to fill weekly food trips, Denise and Tom have delivered over 1.5 tons of food across Marin County in just over a year. Whether we have a last minute opening or a food trip that’s simply not been taken yet, this dynamic duo knows just when to swoop in and save the day. We’re so grateful to Denise and Tom for helping us to fill in the gaps and ensure that no need goes unfulfilled.
April 01, 2018
To our delight, Lee has quickly become one of our go-to volunteers for filling food trips in the Southern Marin area. Undeterred by the prospect of making multiple stops on a single food trip, she has happily volunteered to do our famous “Southern Marin Coffee Buzz” food trip – which requires picking up donations from up to 6 different coffee shops in Southern Marin –many times. We are so grateful for Lee’s commitment to helping us end food waste and hunger in Marin.
March 25, 2018
Like a ray of sunshine, Lini brightens the days of so many in our county that are struggling to make ends meet. In just under 2 years as an ExtraFood volunteer food runner, Lini has recovered over 6,000 lbs of food to support hundreds of food-insecure individuals and families throughout Marin. Her happy attitude and eagerness to help have made a tremendous impact not only on the people we serve, but also on our generous food donors, as well. In fact, one of our food donors asks for her by name whenever they call in a spontaneous food donation. In the world of food recovery that’s some serious clout!
March 18, 2018
We can’t believe it has only been 5 months since Tobey joined the ExtraFood volunteer team. In that time, she has already completed close to 50 food trips and recovered nearly 750 pounds of food. Wow! Not only does Tobey “own” two weekly volunteer food trips, but she also enthusiastically jumps in to cover spontaneous food trips whenever she can. Her willingness to help and insider’s knowledge of the Novato School District helped us tremendously recently when we needed some last minute help with a delivery from our generous food donor, Lynwood Elementary School, to a couple of hard-to-locate recipient sites within the school district. Thanks to Tobey, the donations were delivered in plenty of time for the kids to enjoy their afternoon snacks. We’re so happy that Tobey is on our team!
March 11, 2018
Maija recently celebrated her 1-year anniversary as an ExtraFood volunteer and has already competed nearly 100 food trips, recovering almost 17,000 lbs of food. Amazing! Maija enthusiastically jumps on the sometimes challenging-to-fill, very large baked goods food trips, packing her car to the gills with bread loaves, sliced bread, rolls, and baked treats for our recipient partners in need. She has also helped us numerous times with dividing and delivering tremendously generous (i.e. HUGE) donations that require a team of volunteers to disseminate. We are so grateful for the time and energy Maija dedicates to ExtraFood and the vulnerable people we serve.
March 04, 2018
Nancy V. & the 2nd Sunday Farmers Market Team
Nancy and the seemingly tireless 2nd Sunday Farmers Market volunteer team glean, sort, and deliver beautiful and bountiful fresh produce and baked goods from the Marin Sunday Farmers Market every 2nd Sunday of the month. The team is like a well-oiled machine and never miss their deliveries to St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, Cecilia Place Apartments, Rotary Valley Senior Village, and St. Vincent de Paul. We are so grateful for their energy, cheerfulness, and continued commitment to helping ExtraFood feed the hungry in our beautiful county.
February 25, 2018
One of ExtraFood’s extraordinary “weekend warriors,” Kate has handled our Saturday pickups from the Novato Community Hospital since she began volunteering with ExtraFood last June. The weekend pickups allow her school-age children to accompany her on her food trips where they can acquire first-hand life lessons about reducing food waste and serving the less fortunate in their community. We feel so fortunate to have Kate and her compassionate children on our team!
February 16, 2018
Neither rain nor wind nor weekends nor Highway 101 traffic can deter the amazing Kass. In any weather, on any day of the week, whether the need is in Sausalito or Novato or somewhere in between, if she’s free, Kass can be counted on to help pick up and deliver food to those in need. Specializing in jumping on spontaneous food trips, Kass is an enormous help to our busy operations team. We are so grateful for her responsiveness, positive attitude, and generous heart.
February 11, 2018
Just one month volunteering with ExtraFood, and Tim has already left a big impression. He has recovered over 650 lbs of food and has proven to be a HUGE help with filling open food trips. Last Sunday alone, he jumped in on multiple early morning food trips that required him to drive up and down Highway 101 from Novato to Marin City and back several times. Whew! How lucky are we to have Tim on our team? (So lucky!)
February 04, 2018
Accompanied by her equally energetic son, it’s hard to believe that this dynamo has only been volunteering with ExtraFood for 4 months. In that short time, Tamara and her son have already delivered over 3,750 lbs of food. They clearly like a challenge and often jump in to pick up and deliver very large donations – including one that topped out at over 800 pounds! We are thrilled to have both Tamara and her son on our volunteer team.
January 31, 2018
Our 2016 Volunteer of the Year, Don’s energy and commitment to ExtraFood has not waned since joining our volunteer team in February 2016. His cheerful attitude and passion for serving our community have touched so many lives. Not only has he competed 575 food trips and recovered over 36,000 lbs of food, he also initiated the process that led ExtraFood to start a new food program for food-insecure students at the College of Marin. The close relationships he’s formed with our food donors and recipient partners benefit us all. We are truly lucky to have such a dedicated community builder on our team!
January 21, 2018
Clearly not one to sit idle, Hilary has already completed more than 15 food trips since joining ExtraFood just 2 weeks ago. Wow! Her energy and willingness to step in to cover volunteer gaps in our food recovery schedule have been so very much appreciated during the very busy holiday season. We know that she will continue to be a wonderful asset to our volunteer food recovery team and we’re thrilled to have her on board.
January 14, 2018
A dependable and dedicated volunteer since ExtraFood’s early days, Lee completed this 750th food trip this week! What an incredible accomplishment! We are truly humbled by Lee’s drive and commitment to making a difference in our community.
January 07, 2018
Patrick & Lucy P.
This amazing husband and wife team is among a number of volunteer “angels” that have generously swooped in to help us during this very busy holiday season. Without a second thought, they have filled in on several very large food trips that have opened up while our truck driver is on vacation. Patrick even traveled to Byte Foods twice in one day to ensure that no food was left behind at their warehouse. We and the many people Patrick and Lucy have touched this holiday season are truly grateful for their commitment to serving our community.
December 31, 2017
What energy! What enthusiasm! It’s only been 9 months since Gary — a tremendous athlete —joined ExtraFood as a volunteer food runner and he has already recovered over 5 tons of food! If that weren’t enough, Gary often caps off his food deliveries with a trail run through one of Marin’s beautiful parks. He’s even offered to make food deliveries on his bike. (If that were possible, we know Gary would be the first to do it.) We are so psyched that Gary has chosen to focus some of his incredible energy on helping us to end hunger and food waste in Marin.
December 24, 2017
Debi joined ExtraFood just 6 months ago and has already made a tremendous impact. Not only is she a terrific food runner, but she has gone above and beyond many times as a tireless advocate for ExtraFood. She has introduced our Founder, Marv Z, to new funders, which is critically important — particularly at this time of year — as we work to achieve our fundraising goals and increase the capacity of our program. She’s also introduced us to new Advisory Board members, new food donors, and new volunteers. She’s a connector, and she does that SO well! We all feel very lucky to have Debi on our team.
December 17, 2017
Joan has a wonderful knack for identifying and picking up unfilled food trips on any given day. She is always eager to help and we were so grateful for her support during the Sonoma and Napa wildfires crisis this October. While our staff was busily connecting generous food donors to Marin-based popup shelters for fire victims, she jumped in to help deliver some of these very important donations. We feel so fortunate to have such an energetic and positive force on our team!
December 10, 2017
She may look unassuming, but we’re convinced that Barbara has superhero strength. A regular volunteer on the generous (i.e., very large) weekly food trip from Trader Joe’s, it is not uncommon for Barbara to pick up and deliver 100s of pounds of food during a single trip. With that kind of muscle, it’s not surprising that Barbara has recovered nearly 14,000 pounds of food in just over a year of volunteering with ExtraFood. Wow! Whatever health regimen she follows, we want in!
December 08, 2017
One of ExtraFood’s very first volunteer food runners (and our first Volunteer of the Week back in January 2014), Curt has been a dedicated supporter and ExtraFood advocate for nearly 4 years. In that time, he has completed over 350 food trips, recovering nearly 14,000 lbs of food. Preferring the consistency of regular, recurring food trips, Curt “owns” three: two weekly trips from Novato Community Hospital and one bi-weekly trip from Beso Bistro in Novato. We are truly touched by Curt’s commitment to helping eliminate food waste and hunger in Marin.
November 26, 2017
Talk about a go-getter! Since joining the ExtraFood volunteer team this January, Robin has completed over 400 (yes, that’s 4-0-0) food trips, recovering over 23,000 lbs of food that would have otherwise been wasted. Wow! A dedicated supporter of our recipient partners in need, Robin can always be counted on to make an extra trip or two or three or four to ensure that a food donation gets delivered. “Well, I’ve got a truck,” is her simple reason for the extraordinary work she does for ExtraFood and the people we serve. We are truly blessed to have Robin on our team.
November 19, 2017
A reliable and consistent volunteer since 2014, we love having Lisa on our food recovery team. Since starting with ExtraFood just one month we opened, she has completed nearly 200 food trips, recovering over 5,000 lbs of food. Our friends at Voyage Carmel know that they can always count on Lisa to bring them delicious treats from Nugget Markets. Thank you, Lisa for your continued support of and commitment to ExtraFood and our mission.
November 12, 2017
A loyal and consistent food runner since ExtraFood’s early days, Marv “owns” several weekly food trips. No matter how large or small a donation, Marv ensures that every food item gets to the right people at the right time. Our food donors and recipient partners have grown so accustomed to his dedication that they ask after him when he’s away on vacation. We are incredibly thankful that Marv has chosen to share his time and generous heart with ExtraFood for the past 3 ½ years.
November 05, 2017
Craig joined the ExtraFood volunteer team 2 years ago as a monthly Sunday Farmers Market food runner with his rotary group. Before long, he had committed to several weekly food trips, delivering baked goods to grateful recipients throughout Marin. To date he has completed over 400 food trips and recovered over 26,000 lbs of food! Woo-wee! We are so grateful to Craig for his tireless dedication to helping fulfill our mission to end hunger and food waste in Marin.
November 01, 2017
We are so proud to salute this week’s Volunteer of the Week, Sarah K.! One of ExtraFood’s very first volunteer food runners, Sarah has been a dedicated member of our team since ExtraFood started in December 2013, epitomizing one our favorite terms, “Regular Volunteer.” In that time she has completed over 300 food trips, delivering a total of over 15 tons of food. Whoa! We, and our grateful partners at Kaiser Permanente, Whistlestop, Starbucks, and Performing are so grateful for her can-do, helpful attitude and long-time dedication to serving our community.
October 22, 2017
An ExtraFood volunteer since 2014, Mary has completed over food 200 trips. In addition, she helped us tremendously this Monday (when the Napa/Sonoma fires were raging) by filling all the open trips for the day. She also made herself available all day to help deliver whatever she could to any fire evacuation shelters in need. That kind of attitude makes everyone’s life better. We are so grateful to Mary!
October 15, 2017
Peter H. & Adam
Often accompanied by Adam, Peter has been a regular volunteer food runner for over two years, “owning” three weekly trips and pitching in to cover additional food trips whenever he can. Peter has completed a whopping 485 food trips to date, recovering over 66,600 lbs of food! A standing ovation goes to Peter for his commitment, reliability, big heart, and for passing along these tremendous values to the next generation!
October 08, 2017
Since joining ExtraFood a year ago as an AIM Sunday Farmers Market volunteer, Christine has consistently helped our “2nd Sunday” farmers market team glean, sort, and deliver food from this very important food donor. This past Monday she stepped up to the plate and completed three much-needed trips, delivering 350 lbs of produce, prepared food, and dairy to New Beginnings from Terra Linda Safeway, Marinwood Market, and Woodlands Market. With so much food, Christine almost had to drive with it on her lap to make the deliveries! Thank you, Christine!
October 01, 2017
Since joining ExtraFood in April of this year, Ginna has made over 50 food trips, sometimes doing 5 trips in one week! Ginna is completely reliable; when she signs up for a trip, she always follows through, often accompanied by her husband. Ginna is so supportive that she marched with the ExtraFood group in the Novato fourth of July parade! We salute Ginna’s dedication to our cause, our partners, and the people we’re serving together.
September 24, 2017
It didn’t take Ras long to jump in and take “ownership” of two weekly food trips from Nugget Novato and Starbucks in downtown San Rafael. To date, she has completed over 115 food trips, delivering 8,700+ pounds of food. All while managing a high-level corporate job. Now that’s dedication!
September 17, 2017
Often doing trips with her son, Christine joined the team in July, and she has jumped right in with both feet! Not only has she done a number of Starbucks, Marinwood Market, and Safeway Community Markets trips, but also last Sunday she volunteered on our team at the Civic Center Farmers’ Markets. She was a true star there, and everyone was delighted to work with her. She’s already delivered more than half a ton of food for people in need! We all feel fortunate to have Christine on our team.
September 10, 2017
Steve has found the perfect food trip to “own” as a regular weekly trip—a pickup from our friends at Byte Foods. He works near Byte, so he’s easily able to jet over there, pick up their wonderful donations, deliver them to many, many people in need, and get back to work on time. And sometimes he pitches in and does extra pickups from Byte as well! We’re so grateful for Steve’s dedication to ExtraFood, our partners, and the people we’re serving together.
September 04, 2017
Ned went above and beyond this past week when he received a big, unexpected donation of 4 large bags of bread in addition to the regular prepared food donation from our friends at Woodlands Market in Kentfield. Hearing from our Operations staff that bread was not a need for the recipient organization he was delivering the prepared food to, he graciously traveled to two of our other recipient partners in the Novato area who were delighted to receive such a terrific donation! We’re grateful for Ned’s ongoing commitment to ExtraFood and the people we’re serving together, his invariable enthusiasm and his extra effort!
August 27, 2017
Robin joined the ExtraFood volunteer team this summer and is already making a big impact. In addition to jumping in on weekly food trips, she was among the amazing group of volunteers that helped sort and deliver Safeway Community Market’s 3 ton donation last week. She is also generously volunteering her organizational skills in the ExtraFood office. Lucky us!
August 20, 2017
What a week it was for Maija! In addition to her regular, weekly food trip, she was one of several amazing volunteers that helped unload, sort, and deliver over 3 TONS of donated food from Safeway Community Markets. Maija brought 1,000+ lbs of that food to our friends at the North Bay Children’s Center. In addition, she saved us on several occasions this week, jumping in to take a number of hard-to-fill spontaneous food trips. We are so grateful to Maija for her generous spirit, energy, and positive attitude!
August 13, 2017
This week we honor and remember Karen S., a dedicated member of the ExtraFood volunteer team, who sadly died last week. A passionate supporter of ExtraFood and our mission to end food waste and hunger in Marin, Karen completed over 200 food trips and recovered 5,600+ lbs of food since she joined the team in January 2015. We are humbled to have benefited from Karen’s commitment to making a difference in our community. Her family has generously asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to ExtraFood.
August 06, 2017
Rich has already left his mark in the short 6 weeks he has been volunteering with ExtraFood. Seeming to always be at the ready to jump in and help, he has quickly racked up over 20 food trips, delivering 600+ lbs of fresh food to support some of the most vulnerable members of our community from Marin City to Novato. How lucky are we to have such a go-getter on our team?
July 30, 2017
A truly reliable volunteer, Lynn H. picked up a “regular” weekly food trip delivering from MH Bread and Butter to our friends at SparkPoint Marin soon after she started volunteering with ExtraFood last fall. She’s efficient, dependable, and (much to our detail-loving Operations Coordinator, Carrie’s delight) provides the most comprehensive food trip reports after every food delivery. We are so thankful to have Lynn on the ExtraFood volunteer team!
July 23, 2017
Denise V. & Tom H.
In less than 6 months, Denise and Tom have already delivered over a half ton of food across Marin County. Starting out as volunteer food runners at the Sunday Marin Farmers Market, they have quickly joined the ranks of those special volunteers that jump in to fill some of our harder to fill weekly food trips. Just when we think no one will take a food trip, here come Denise and Tom to save the day. We’re so grateful to them for helping us to fill in the gaps and ensure that no need goes unfulfilled.
July 16, 2017
We are pleased to honor Linda for her consistent support for the past year and a half as one of the happiest volunteer food runners you’ll ever meet. We are inspired by her energy, enthusiasm, and positive attitude. Linda picks up (large Costco-sized!) cartfuls of baked goods donations from Costco each week and happily delivers them to our friends SparkPoint Marin. She also picks up other food donations on occasion, helping us tremendously with filling these important trips. We are so grateful to have Linda on the ExtraFood volunteer team!
July 09, 2017
Kimberly K. & Chuck K.
Since joining ExtraFood just over a year ago, the dynamic husband and wife team of Kimberly K. and Chuck K. has completed a combined total of 135 food trips and delivered over 9,600 lbs of food. Wow! Kimberly came to us first and promptly took “ownership” of multiple weekly food trips from MH Bread & Butter, Nugget Market in Corte Madera, and Donut Alley. Before long, she enticed Chuck to join her in the fun. We are so grateful to Kimberly and Chuck for sharing their enthusiasm and giving spirits with us.
July 02, 2017
It’s hard to believe that Sarah has been volunteering with ExtraFood for only 6 months. In that short time, she has already completed 45 food trips and delivered over 1 ton of food! Within a few weeks of joining ExtraFood, she became a regular member of the Thursday Civic Center Farmers Market team, delivering some of the country’s best produce to our friends at St. Vincent de Paul every week. Committed to helping whenever she can, Sarah always fits in at least 1-2 additional food trips into her busy weekly schedule. We are so grateful to Sarah for her energy and dedication to our cause.
June 27, 2017
In just over a year, Lini has traversed Marin County nearly 50 times on behalf of ExtraFood, delivering over 4,000 lbs of food to seniors, families and children in need. It’s not unusual to see Lini traveling all the way out to West Marin deliver carloads of donated food. We’re so grateful to her for dedicating so many clicks on the odometer to help feed the hungry in our county.
June 18, 2017
We just love Gene S.’s enthusiasm and “get in done” attitude! It’s not unusual for him to call into the ExtraFood office declaring, “I have some time today. What can I do to help?” Oh, how that’s music to our ears! With over 170 regular, weekly food trips, as well as spontaneous food trips coming in every day, we can always find ways to use Gene’s generous offers to help. We are truly grateful to Gene for choosing to spend his free time helping ExtraFood to end hunger and food waste in Marin.
June 11, 2017
One of the longest-serving and most dedicated volunteers in the ExtraFood family, Lynne S. leads our volunteer team at the Thursday Civic Center farmers market and is the sole volunteer at the Friday Mill Valley farmers market. Since ExtraFood’s early days she has been recruiting food donors and recipient partners. In fact, we can thank Lynne for our presence at many of Marin’s farmers markets. To date she has completed over 350 food runs, delivering an incredible 23,000+ lbs of food! We are so grateful to Lynne for sharing her big heart and passion for working to end food waste and hunger with us.
June 04, 2017
Cari P. & Bob K.
Undaunted by challenges, Cari P. & Bob K. cheerfully manage generous weekly donations from Nugget Markets, sometimes making deliveries to multiple recipients on a single food run. Cari has helped spread the word about ExtraFood’s mission and milestones through her wonderful writing in local media. Rumor has it that both Cari and Bob have also been known to wear their ExtraFood green aprons on personal errands simply to provide exposure for ExtraFood. What a wonderful pair of ambassadors for ExtraFood! We are honored that they have chosen to share their time, energy, and talents with us.
May 30, 2017
Quick to respond to our calls for help filling spontaneous food trips as they come in, Brian M. has “saved” us on numerous occasions. Whether we need help transporting a hefty donation from one of our larger food donors, such as Costco and Byte Foods or delivering a lighter load from our friends at SusieCakes and Donut Alley, Brian responds with efficiency and flexibility. In just a few short months, Brian has completed nearly 30 spontaneous food trips, recovering almost 3,000 lbs of food.
May 21, 2017
Deborah M., Lisa D., Kamala T., and Ellen M.
In addition to making weekly and occasional volunteer food runs, Deborah M., Lisa D., Kamala T., and Ellen M. comprise the 2017 ExtraFood Volunteer Appreciation Event Planning Committee. Dedicating many hours to attending planning meetings, purchasing supplies, and setting up and tearing down for the event, these four have truly outdone themselves to help create a fun and memorable celebration honoring ExtraFood’s volunteers. We could not have done it without them!
May 14, 2017
Congratulations to our Volunteer of the Week, Lee S.! Lee has been a stalwart volunteer since ExtraFood’s early days. With over 600 (!) food trips under his belt and four recurring weekly food trips from Marin General Hospital, Lee still finds time to help us in the office with keeping our volunteer paperwork up to date. His friendly attitude and drive to help are an example to us all. Thank you, Lee, for your dedication to ExtraFood and the vulnerable people we serve.
May 08, 2017
Cathy and Ron M.
Our Volunteers of the Week are Cathy and Ron M. They reached a milestone last week: 500 food trips completed! Wow! Some of their favorite pickups are from Arizmendi, Whole Foods San Rafael, Kaiser San Rafael Medical Center, and Marin General Hospital. They’re always passing on important information from their trips, which helps us to improve our service to our partners. They’ve been volunteering for ExtraFood for nearly 3 years—we’re so grateful for their long-term dedication to ExtraFood, our partners, and the people we’re serving together.
May 01, 2017
Siobhan became an ExtraFood volunteer last September, and after she tried out a few food trips she landed on the Friday Marinwood Market to San Rafael Rotary Manor trip and has been doing it ever since. We so appreciate our “Rockin’ Regulars”, those volunteers who “own” a food trip and create consistency and reliability for our food donors and recipients. Siobhan has completed 75 trips so far and has rescued nearly 3 tons of food!
April 23, 2017
Gary has been a volunteer for just a short time, but he sure has shown great enthusiasm for this work! This week Gary made a delivery of baked goods to College of Marin’s pop-up food pantry just in time for KPIX-TV News to film a segment on ExtraFood’s work there. He’s been known to do a food trip out to San Geronimo and just keep going with a run through Samuel P. Taylor State Park afterwards. And he’s come by our office to share ideas on how we can improve our volunteer program. We’re so psyched that Gary joined our team!
April 16, 2017
Robin joined us in January and has already become an important part of our team. When she finishes a food trip it’s not unusual for her to call in to see if there are other trips she can do while she’s out and about. She has also made several trips from one donor to one or more of our recipient partners in the same day! One of our recipients even took time recently to let us know how wonderful she is. Our volunteers are our ambassadors in the community and we’re honored that Robin is representing us so well!
April 09, 2017
Our Volunteer of the Week is Sarah S. Sarah is an absolutely stellar volunteer, joining us in the very early days of ExtraFood. With great enthusiasm and energy she fits in a regular commitment on the Thursday Civic Center Farmers’ Market team plus the Friday Novato Unified School District food trip. Recently she added the Bon Appetit Management Company trip and manages to fit that one in before volunteering at the Thursday Market! Rescuing a staggering 23,000 pounds of food on 272 food trips, she has accomplished so much in her three years with our team. We are over-the-moon grateful for Sarah’s tremendous dedication to ExtraFood.
April 02, 2017
After doing her very first food trip, Janet decided to commit to owning a regular weekly trip from Nugget Markets in Corte Madera to the People’s Inter-Cities Fellowship in Marin City. She has recovered and delivered more than 4 tons of food since she joined our team 2.5 years ago. Owning a regular trip is an important building block of our program and we are grateful to Janet for her long-term dedication to our cause!
March 26, 2017
Craig has been volunteering for ExtraFood for 18 months, and this week he reached the 300-trip milestone! And he’s delivered nearly 10 tons of food. Wow! He regularly picks up donations from Terra Linda Safeway, Ponsford’s Place- Bakery and Innovation Center, Arizmendi San Rafael Bakery & Pizzeria, and Flour Craft Bakery and delivers to San Geronimo Valley Community Center, Novato Human Needs Center, San Geronimo Presbyterian Church, Maria B. Freitas Senior Community, Center for Domestic Peace, and Martinelli House. We’re so fortunate to have Craig on our team!
March 19, 2017
Ellen has been a core member of our team for three years and we’re SO grateful! Last week she became one of the very few volunteers who has completed 400 food trips—she has recovered more than 25,000 pounds of food! And last week she also stepped in to lead our Sunday Marin Farmers Markets team. Ellen is truly an MVP for ExtraFood and we’re delighted to honor her this week.
March 12, 2017
Marcia was one of ExtraFood.org’s first volunteers, having found out about us through our sister organization in San Francisco, Food Runners SF. She did her first food trip for ExtraFood in January 2014, only one month after ExtraFood was launched. Marcia works for one of our recipients, Center Point, Inc., and she has been able to fit food trips in whenever she can. We appreciate her longtime commitment to ExtraFood and the people we’re serving!
March 05, 2017
Renee joined ExtraFood 6 months ago and she almost immediately signed up to “own” the regular Andy’s Local Market to Marin City food trip each Friday. She’s a working mom so it’s amazing that she still finds time to volunteer for us. Renee has already delivered 5500 pounds of food for those in need!
February 26, 2017
Janet and Chuck C.
The steady-as-ever team of Janet and her husband, Chuck, has been committed to the weekly Marinitas and Insalata’s food trips ever since joining ExtraFood three years ago. Together they have completed 207 trips and they remain two of our most long-standing, dedicated volunteers. We are honored that they continue to share their volunteer time with ExtraFood!
February 19, 2017
With a strong belief in our mission, Jannick joined ExtraFood in July. She has been busy with her regular Noah’s Bagels trips ever since, as well as other trips that she picks up when she can. She’s a great communicator, frequently passing along ideas of how to streamline her food trips, as well as offering suggestions for potential new recipients. We’re delighted to have Jannick on our team—a super duper volunteer!
February 12, 2017
Antonina joined ExtraFood.org 16 months ago and has been a huge supporter of our mission! She has owned the regular Nugget Markets Tiburon-to-Marin City food trip for well over a year, and has recovered 11,000+ pounds of food while completing 53 food trips involving a number of donors and recipient partners! This week she graciously agreed to take extra time on her Nugget Markets trip and be filmed by the KPIX-TV crew. We’re grateful to Antonina for being such a reliable, dependable and all-around great volunteer!
February 05, 2017
Lisa has been a loyal volunteer for 3 years, starting just a month after ExtraFood was launched. She will reach 150 food trips completed in the next few weeks, has rescued more than 2 tons of food and has been the regular volunteer for the Saturday Corte Madera Nugget Market trip for over a year. We so appreciate Lisa’s reliability, consistency and dedication to our cause!
January 30, 2017
Angela completed her first food trip for ExtraFood 16 months ago and has been committed to her regular Thursday pickups, from Taqueria Mi Pueblo and MH Bread & Butter, for almost all of those 16 months. That’s a total of 88 trips and more than 1 ton of food! She recently stepped down from her regular routes because of a work conflict but she will continue to sign up for trips when she can. We honor Angela this week for her faithful, longtime, regular-as-clockwork dedication to those routes—she’s done a ton (!) of wonderful service for those in need.
January 22, 2017
Alison joined ExtraFood.org ten months ago after riding along with a friend on one of our food trips. She quickly signed up to “own” a regular trip once every week—from Nugget Markets Corte Madera to the Enriching Lives through Music program—and after many months of doing that trip, she has recently switched to another regular trip. We’re grateful to be able to rely week-in and week-out on Alison’s service for those in need!
January 15, 2017
Barbara joined ExtraFood in September, but in less than 4 months she has already completed 74 food trips! Wow! She was in great form this week when she arrived at a donor to discover a much bigger donation than we expected. She then delivered some of the donation to one of our recipient partners, circled back to collect more food, and proceeded to deliver to 4 more locations! That’s fortitude for you. We are so lucky to have Barbara’s enthusiasm, drive and energy on our team!
January 08, 2017
Hank has been volunteering for ExtraFood.org for two years, has a great sense of humor, lots of enthusiasm and last week he completed his 300th food trip! Hank regularly does the twice-weekly Fairfax Market-to-San Geronimo Valley Community Center trip. And, he’s often spreading the word about ExtraFood to his friends and recruiting new volunteers. Hank is such an important member of our team and we’re delighted to honor him this week for his huge contributions to ExtraFood and our community.
January 01, 2017
She’s better known as Ras, and Ras is on a roll! Having joined ExtraFood not even 2 months ago, she’s already completed 32 food trips and shows no signs of slowing down. This week she took on 8 trips! Not only is she a great food runner but she also got ExtraFood registered for Genentech’s workplace giving program, which connects us with potential financial donors and volunteers at Genentech. We love her enthusiasm and we’re lucky to have her on our team!
December 25, 2016
2016 Volunteer of the Year - Don C.
We’re delighted to honor the amazing Don C. as ExtraFood’s 2016 Volunteer of the Year. Don joined our team in February as a volunteer food runner. Since then, he has completed 322 food trips in just 10 months. That’s a record number of food trips completed by a volunteer in one year! And, on top of that, he once did 13 food trips in a single week! Another record! He has delivered a total of 20,000 pounds of food: 10 tons in 10 months. That’s incredible work, but Don has also lent his expertise in helping us recruit new food donors, and he also initiated the process that led ExtraFood to start a new food program with the College of Marin.
Don has massive amounts of energy, enthusiasm, and brings a cheerful attitude with him on all of his food trips. All of our food donors and recipients know when Don has arrived because they can’t miss that huge grin on his face! He has become an expert at knowing many of the nonprofits we serve, as well as developing relationships with their staff so that he can make on-the-spot decisions when necessary.
Our partner Erika at Whistlestop, who Don sees each week when he delivers there, said this about Don: “Noone is more cherished in this world than someone who lightens the burdens of others. To me, this is Don. He arrives each week at our Whistlestop Meals of Marin program site with a huge smile and big heart and shares that with each and everyone he comes in contact with at Whistlestop. It’s an honor to work with a wonderful dedicated volunteer like Don!”
The entire ExtraFood staff feels truly lucky to have such a dedicated, passionate, and wonderful volunteer on our team. We salute Don, our Volunteer of the Year!
December 18, 2016
Andrew has been a huge help to ExtraFood because he “owns” the Terra Linda Safeway to Warner Creek Senior Housing food trip every Wednesday! So far he has recovered over 3600 pounds of food. We’re lucky to have him on our team!
December 11, 2016
Elaine joined ExtraFood one year ago and has been volunteering consistently ever since. She takes on many of our Novato food trips—so helpful as we need more volunteers in the Novato area. She has rescued 2.5 tons of food and has completed 75 food trips for those in need!
December 04, 2016
Ernie joined ExtraFood in May 2014 and became a regular member of ExtraFood’s Thursday Civic Center Farmers’ Market team a year later. He has rescued nearly 8,700 pounds of food and has completed 103 food trips! He’s utterly reliable, a delight to work with and a fabulous team player. We salute you, Ernie!
November 27, 2016
Lynne has been a very active volunteer for a year and a half! She has completed ~160 food trips, has recovered more than 1 ton of food and has an established weekly routine for us. She does four regular trips each week, picking up from Noah’s Bagels (Larkspur, CA), SusieCakes Bakery, Chipotle Mexican Grill and MH Bread and Butter Bakery. Yowza! That’s a beautiful thing in the ExtraFood world—we so appreciate volunteers who “own” regular trips and make everything simpler, just as we so appreciate volunteers who sign up for open trips online or via text message. “It takes a village” to enable our county-wide food recovery program to operate throughout the county, free of charge, 365 a days a year. Delighted to have Lynne on our team!
November 20, 2016
Sandy is such an important contributor through volunteering for the Wednesday Corte Madera Farmers’ Market food trip. She took on this trip in August 2015, committing to a weekly pickup at a time when we were having difficulty finding a regular volunteer for the trip. Sandy has continued her commitment to this market, establishing relationships with the local farmers who donate and bringing some of the best produce in the world to people in need.
November 13, 2016
Lynne, our 2014 Volunteer of the Year, is among our longest-serving, most dedicated, and most impactful volunteers. She continues to lead the Thursday team at the Civic Center farmers’ market, is the sole volunteer for the Friday Mill Valley Farmers’ Market, and has delivered more than 19,000 pounds of recovered food! She is big-hearted, passionate about helping to solve the problems of food waste and hunger, and last week reached a milestone: 300 food trips completed. We’re so lucky to have Lynne on our team.
November 06, 2016
Morgan has completed 116 food trips since he began volunteering for ExtraFood. He’s so reliable, never fails to report on his trips, and has been our loyal Marin General Hospital to Homeward Bound of Marin’s New Beginnings regular every Thursday for more than 2 1/2 years! He’s got a super attitude, a great smile, and a huge loyalty to ExtraFood. We’re so grateful to have Morgan on our team!
October 31, 2016
Lee is the first ExtraFood volunteer to complete 500 food trips! He does 4 regular weekly trips and shows no signs of slowing down. And, he helps us out in the office every week. We are so grateful to have Lee’s passion, commitment and loyalty to our cause! Go Lee!
October 23, 2016
Sarah joined ExtraFood just after we started our county-wide food recovery program—one of our original volunteers! So far, she’s completed over 200 food trips and delivered nearly 12 tons of food for those in need! This week she also did some last-minute fancy stepping for us, figuring out a way to switch food trips with another volunteer and helping us avoid a problem. Sarah is one of a number of parents who often bring their kids with them—showing them the truth about the need in Marin and helping them be part of the solution.
October 16, 2016
Peter H. I
Peter has been a volunteer since January 2015 and has delivered nearly 14,000 pounds of food in 161 food trips! He has a regular weekly trip from Nugget Markets Corte Madera to San Rafael Rotary Manor, and this week he also managed to fit in 4 additional trips around the county for those in need. We’re grateful for Peter’s longtime dedication and fabulous volunteering!
October 09, 2016
Marv has been with us since our third month of operation, February 2014. Through his 200 food trips he has recovered and delivered more than 10,000 pounds of food. 5 tons of fabulous food! Marv tells us that it feels good to be delivering food to those in need, and that he also enjoys developing relationships with our food donor and recipient partners. We’re delighted to have Marv’s long-time and continuing dedication to our mission, our partners, and the people we’re serving together.
October 02, 2016
Teresa joined ExtraFood a few months ago but almost immediately jumped in to “own” a regular trip. That’s a pre-scheduled trip that happens the same day and timerange every week. Everyone would love to pick up Comforts’ great food each week and deliver it to the seniors at Bennett House but you’d have to arm-wrestle that trip away from Teresa! She also does a bi-monthly regular trip from Bon Appétit Management Company to Rotary Valley Senior Village. And on top of all that, she just reached the 50-trip milestone! We feel lucky to have Teresa on our team.
September 25, 2016
Elise answered an ad for ExtraFood volunteers on NextDoor, and immediately took on the regular Wednesday evening Fairfax Community Farmers’ Market trip with her two daughters. They are much appreciated at Bennett House, a Mercy Housing California property, where the seniors look forward to their weekly delivery of fresh produce from this delightful mother-and-daughters team.
September 18, 2016
Dan was a trooper last week! He picked up two Byte Foods donations, one which involved such a large donation that he had to double back for the second half after delivering the first half. In the last 10 days he delivered Byte’s generous donations to 7 recipients and still managed to fit in Nugget Markets and Taste Kitchen & Table pickups as well! We are so grateful for Dan’s support during a challenging week of 120+ food trips!
September 11, 2016
Last week Craig was a tremendous help, completing 9 food trips, 7 of which were spontaneous trips (ie. when an unscheduled donation is offered to ExtraFood) plus his 2 regular trips. Also, he has been a terrific contributor to our work at the farmers markets, helping out many times at the Thursday, Friday and Sunday markets. Craig is simply a fabulous volunteer! We’re so grateful he’s on our team.
September 04, 2016
Curt has been a very active volunteer since joining our team in January 2014. With 248 food trips under his belt and 11,000 lbs of rescued food delivered, he shows no signs of slowing down! When Novato Community Hospital recently joined us as a food donor, Curt jumped right in and offered to do the twice-weekly food trips from NCH. He also does a weekly trip from the Novato Unified School District and a biweekly trip from Beso Bistro, one of our Planned Giving donors in Novato. We are hugely grateful for Curt’s dedication to ExtraFood, our partners, and the vulnerable people we are serving together!
August 28, 2016
Karen jumped right in after joining our team and claimed a regular trip—the Wednesday trip from Novato Nugget Markets to Novato Youth Center. It makes everything so much simpler for us and our partners when our volunteers “own” regular trips. It creates consistency, reliability….and our donors and recipients love that familiar face! We celebrate you this week, Karen!
August 21, 2016
Cathy and Ron M.
This dynamic duo are longtime regulars on the Monday Whole Foods trip, the Friday Arizmendi trip and sometimes the Sunday Arizmendi trip as well. This week they’re trying out the new Sunday Costco trip and we couldn’t be more confident that they’ll handle it with aplomb. They’ve delivered nearly 350 donations and have rescued more than 28,000 pounds of food in their two years on our team! They’re fabulous communicators, always passing on important information from their food trips, which helps us to improve our service to our partners. We’re hugely grateful for their long-term dedication to ExtraFood.org, our partners, and the people we’re serving together.
August 14, 2016
Steve recently joined the ExtraFood.org team but has already landed the perfect food trip. He works near Byte Foods so he’s been able to jet over to their warehouse, pick up their wonderful donations, deliver them, and get back to work before anyone misses him! We called on Steve for several spontaneous pick-ups this week in addition to his regular Byte pickup. Plus, Steve is recruiting more volunteers for us. Many thanks to Steve for his great energy and enthusiasm!
August 07, 2016
Last week Matson pitched in while we were down 2 staff members; he did food trips all over the county and helped out at two farmers’ markets, joining the team at the Thursday Marin Farmers Markets and flying solo at the Mill Valley Farmers Market. And, to top it all off, he delivered 300 watermelons to the People’s Inter-Cities Fellowship in Marin City! Catching occasional food trips when he’s home from college, he’s managed to rescue a total of 2500 pounds of food thus far. We honor Matson’s great attitude, big smile and support when we most need it!
July 31, 2016
Julie has been an ExtraFood volunteer for almost 2 1/2 years, and so far she has rescued more than 2 1/2 tons of food. Yowza! We’re grateful to Julie for her long-time dedication to our cause, our partners, and the vulnerable people we’re serving together.
July 24, 2016
Peter H. II
Peter has been volunteering for ExtraFood.org for 16 months and has amassed a total of 264 food trips and 33,000 lbs of rescued food! Every Tuesday he plans his route carefully so he can accomplish 5 regular trips in one morning. This past Monday, he took his grandson, Adam, along with him on three trips. What a great grandpa!
July 17, 2016
Kimberly is a relatively new volunteer, but she sure earned her stars and stripes last week! She did a last-minute trip from a donor, but then found that they had double the amount of food we expected! She is such a team player that she didn’t even bat an eye at delivering to three additional recipients: Mill Street Center, Voyager Carmel Center and Center Point. We’re grateful for Kimberly’s great attitude and willingness to go the extra mile(s) for ExtraFood, for our partners, and for the people we’re serving together.
July 10, 2016
Kelly has been a regular on a Nugget Market food trip to San Geronimo Presbyterian Church for many months, partnering with ExtraFood Volunteer Lani. And, she has also volunteered to handle many other trips heading out to the church, an important partner for ExtraFood.org in West Marin. We are grateful to have Kelly’s energy on the ExtraFood team!
July 03, 2016
Kathy joined us only 3 months ago but has immediately made a big difference, doing the regular Wednesday Corte Madera Nugget trip to Marin Community Clinics’ HealthHub in the Canal. She has already rescued 1800 pounds of food! Kathy is an excellent communicator, eager to help, and always energetic. She even had the time to send us a video clip about why she likes to volunteer for ExtraFood.org for our recent video celebrating our volunteers (here). We’re so glad to have Kathy on our team!
June 26, 2016
Jeff leads the Rotary Club of Terra Linda team for ExtraFood.org at the Civic Center Farmers Market on the third Sunday of every month. He has a great group of volunteers to draw from for his monthly team. We’re grateful to Jeff for his ongoing leadership and his commitment to getting all that great produce to our recipients!
June 19, 2016
Lia joined ExtraFood in April 2014 as part of her high school Climate Change Project’s action plan. This week, newly home from college, she jumped in at the last minute and took on two big trips, picking up terrific donations from Nugget Markets Novato and San Rafael City Schools. We’re delighted to have Lia in the ExtraFood family!
June 12, 2016
Linda joined ExtraFood 6 months ago and has been active every since. Her food trips vary each week, from picking up donations at smaller bakeries and restaurants to picking up at our larger grocery store donors. Although we have many volunteers who “own” regular trips, it’s equally important that we have volunteers like Linda who sign up online for our open trips each week. She has recovered and delivered 1,500 pounds of food thus far and we feel fortunate to have her on our team!
June 05, 2016
Leah is a new volunteer, but she’s a warrior! She immediately jumped on the Terra Linda Safeway trips because they fit nicely into her schedule. Picking up every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, she has already recovered 1200 pounds of food! We’re lucky to have Leah’s great energy, efficiency and enthusiasm on our team.
May 29, 2016
Lisa has been with us for a year and she’s already recovered and delivered more than 3,300 pounds of food for those in need! We are so grateful that she does 4 regular trips every week, picking up from Kaiser San Rafael Medical Center, Lotus Cuisine of India, Byte Foods and Safeway. And on top of all that, she has contributed huge amounts of time and creativity on our Volunteer Appreciation Event Committee. What a volunteer!
May 22, 2016
Kamala is a longtime ExtraFood volunteer, and does a regular food trip from MH Bread and Butter to Martinelli House (a Mercy Housing California property) every week. And she’s also on our Volunteer Appreciation Event committee, contributing great ideas and positive energy for our May 22 event. Such a reliable, thoughtful, and generous volunteer!
May 15, 2016
Ellen is one of our veteran volunteers who contributes to ExtraFood in so many ways. She’s a longtime food runner, completing 283 food trips to date and rescuing a total of 18,000 pounds of food. And twice in the last few weeks she has jumped in at the last minute to lead our team at the Sunday Civic Center Farmers’ Market. She was one of the founding members of the Farmers’ Market team so she’s as experienced as they come! Enthusiastic, funny, and full of creative ideas, Ellen is also playing an important role in planning our upcoming Volunteer Appreciation Event on May 22. Simply an all-around terrific volunteer—we feel so lucky she’s on our team!
May 08, 2016
Deborah is an energetic volunteer, full of creative ideas. She brings her great energy to recruiting food donors, including College of Marin, which has proven to be a consistent and reliable donor. And in addition to doing food trips, she has also been part of our Volunteer Appreciation Event planning team for the past two years. Her input helped shape a great event last year and another great one coming May 22!
May 01, 2016
Sharron has been with us since the very beginning, December 2013, and she’s made a HUGE difference. How? By recruiting numerous food donors into our program, such as Mi Pueblo and El Huarache Loco. Last week, Los Moles San Rafael began their weekly donations—another Sharron success. We have far more requests for food than we can fulfill, so gaining the commitment of new food donors is our top priority. We’re so lucky to have Sharron evangelizing businesses to join with us to battle hunger in Marin!
April 24, 2016
Don has been with us for only 2 months but like a racehorse, he was fast out of the gate, gobbling up food trips, juggling up to 12 food trips per week without breaking a sweat. He’s already delivered more than 2500 pounds of food! And, since even a 10-pound donation can make a huge difference in our community—that could be 20 servings of a main dish from a wonderful Marin business—we should point out that Don has already completed 49 trips. 49 donations to those in need!
April 18, 2016
Since her first trip in February 2014, Sarah has rescued 12,000 pounds of food! She’s a committed member of the Thursday Civic Center Farmers’ Market team, working quickly and collaboratively to gather, sort and deliver the vendors’ generous donations. And that’s not all. She’s also the regular volunteer for the Novato School District pickup every Friday. And yesterday she stepped in to lead the Sunday Civic Center Farmers’ Market team! What an impact Sarah has made for ExtraFood, our partners, and the people we’re serving together.
April 11, 2016
Judy W. and Elizabeth F.
These two generous women from West Marin are a great team and do all their food trips together. They started out on trips going to the San Geronimo Presbyterian Church but recently added the regular College of Marin trip to Bennett House in Fairfax. Because of the pickup time, that one has been challenging to find a regular volunteer, but now we have two, and what a team they are! We’re grateful to have this dynamic duo helping us serve the hungry in our community.
April 04, 2016
Denise does the regular Andronico’s pickup on Fridays and has rescued almost 5,000 pounds of food since she joined our team. And when she’s unavailable she always finds a replacement! What a team player!
March 28, 2016
Lani has been with us a little over a year, and in that time has delivered more than 3.5 tons of food! She’s been a regular on a number of trips, and as a native of Hawai’i always brings the aloha spirit—the joyful sharing of life energy—to everything she does. She volunteers on trips going to San Geronimo Presbyterian Church, an important partner for ExtraFood in West Marin. We are grateful for Lani’s wonderful work and feel lucky to have her on the ExtraFood team!
March 21, 2016
Dan is the fearless team leader for the Rotary Club of Novato Sunrise team that works the Marin Farmers Markets for us the first Sunday of each month. Two Sundays ago the weather and other factors (including a flat tire!) put our work at the market at risk for a time. But Dan kept his cool and rallied his team to brave the elements and deliver lots of great produce for our recipients. Hats off to Dan for his leadership and dedication! He certainly lives Rotary International’s credo: Service Above Self.
March 14, 2016
Dan has been volunteering for ExtraFood since our early days. He frequently has brought his kids along on food trips and is one of many ExtraFood parents passing along wonderful, community-driven values in this way. He recently took on the regular Wednesday Marin General Hospital to Marin City food trip. Volunteers “owning” regular trips find they develop a deeper connection with the food donor and the recipient. And, it makes everything simpler. We are so grateful for Dan’s continued loyalty!
March 07, 2016
Kristen is enthusiastic and passionate about giving back to her community, especially since her kids attended schools that emphasized community service. Last summer she enlisted her son and daughter as volunteers and they helped us out on some food trips and at the Civic Center Farmers’ Market. She’s a terrific communicator, helps out in a pinch, and brings great energy to ExtraFood!
February 29, 2016
Angela has a very busy life but still manages to fit in her regular Thursday food trip from our friends at Taqueria Mi Pueblo in San Anselmo to SparkPoint Marin. We’re grateful to Angela for always making time to help out in our community!
February 22, 2016
After doing her first food trip, Janet decided to commit to a regular trip from Nugget Markets in Corte Madera to Manzanita Recreation Center in Marin City every Tuesday. We’re so lucky that she can dash out from her job during her lunch break to get the trip done! And she’s recovered and delivered nearly 3,300 lbs of food since she joined our team in September. When volunteers “own” regular trips, that makes it even easier for us to maintain our very high standards for reliability, and it makes things simpler for all, too. We’re grateful to Janet for her great energy and dedication!
February 15, 2016
Antonina joined ExtraFood only recently but has jumped in with energy, passion and a willingness to take on two regular food trips with big donations. In just under 4 months, she has recovered and delivered over 1 ton of food! She has helped out on other food trips as well, and once came to the rescue at the last minute at the Friday Mill Valley Farmers’ Market. We are delighted that Antonina has brought her dedication and commitment to our team!
February 08, 2016
Joelle has been an ExtraFood volunteer for almost two years! She did a number of regular trips for quite some time, but lately has been switching things up and trying out a medley of different trips. This week she jumped in on a trip with a brand-new donor, and we relaxed that much more knowing it was in Joelle’s hands. We’re delighted that Joelle continues to be such a dependable and loyal volunteer.
February 01, 2016
Terri leads the Rafael Evening Rotary Club team for ExtraFood on the 4th Sunday of every month at the Marin Farmers Markets. She pulls together a group of volunteers for their monthly commitment; picks up, sets up and returns all the necessary equipment from our storage area; and oversees the collection and distribution of the market donations. We are so grateful for Terri’s continued commitment to leading her team and getting all of that great produce to those in need! She clearly embodies Rotary International’s credo: Service Above Self.
January 25, 2016
Jayne was one of our very first volunteers, joining our team 2 years ago. She’s delivered over 2 tons of food to our recipients! We are grateful to Jayne for her dedication to ExtraFood, to our partners, and to the people we serve.
January 18, 2016
Marcia joined us only a few months ago but has already established herself as a go-getter! Last week she did 6 food trips and also signed up to “own” *four* regular weekly trips—ie. the same day/time/donor/recipient each week—starting this week. When our volunteers commit to regular trips it makes everything even more consistent and simple for us and our partners. We’re grateful to Marcia for her terrific energy and dedication!
January 11, 2016
Hank has been volunteering for ExtraFood for nearly a year. Enthusiastic, funny, energetic and committed, he has not slowed down since the day he joined the team (he’ll be reaching the 200-trip milestone very soon!). He has done a variety of food trips all over the county, including the Sunday Civic Center Farmers’ Market many times, and regularly does the twice-weekly Fairfax Market-to-San Geronimo trip. Even with being responsible for regular trips, he also jumps in and does additional trips where he can. Hank is a terrific team player and a hugely valuable member of our team. We’re delighted to honor him this week!
January 04, 2016
Terri, Craig and the Rafael Evening Rotary Club Team
Our Volunteers of the Week are Terri C and Craig R’s Rafael Evening Rotary Club team. They have jumped into their 4th-Sunday-of-the-month commitment at the Civic Center farmers’ market with tons of vim and vigor! Terri and Craig’s team clearly demonstrates Rotary’s credo: Service Above Self. We are grateful for their dedicated service, great energy, and good cheer.
December 28, 2015
Karen was one of several volunteers who helped staff ExtraFood’s booth at the Marin Country Mart’s Holiday Market, and last week she picked up a few extra food trips while out and about, in addition to doing her regular trips. We, our food donors, our recipients, and the people we serve together are so grateful for Karen’s consistency and dedication to our cause!
December 21, 2015
We’re proud to honor Lee S. as ExtraFood’s 2015 Volunteer of the Year. He’s been with us for 18 months and completed his 300th food trip a few weeks back! And he has no intention of slowing down. “Life has been sweet to me”, said Lee, letting us know that he feels lucky that he has the time and ability to give back to his community. “You get back what you give” was Lee’s reply when asked why he loves to volunteer for ExtraFood. He gets it back big-time when he’s doing his four weekly food trips—whether it’s a generous hug from a recipient, to a friendly wave and maybe a taste of food from a food donor. He’s a great communicator, frequently passing along important information from donors and recipients, and is a wonderful ambassador for ExtraFood in our community. We all feel it’s an honor to be working with Lee to help end hunger in Marin.
December 14, 2015
Sandy is such an important contributor to our weekly pickup from the Corte Madera Farmers’ Market! Every Wednesday, she arrives at the Town Center, meanders through the marketplace, and distributes boxes to the vendors that she has formed relationships with. Later she meets our regular volunteer, Rob R., to hand off the full boxes which Rob then drives to Jewish Family & Children Services. Before Sandy became a volunteer we were struggling to staff this pickup slot on a weekly basis. We are grateful to Sandy for her commitment to getting this healthy produce to those who need it most!
December 07, 2015
Craig has been volunteering for ExtraFood for only 2 months but has already made quite an impact, completing 23 food trips so far! He initially joined us as a Sunday Farmers’ Market volunteer but quickly branched out from there. He has helped out in a pinch many times, jumping in on a number of spontaneous food trips. He still loves his work at the Farmers’ Market, however, helping out at at the Thursday, Friday and Sunday markets. Craig brings a calm and generous spirit and we’re delighted to have him on our team.
November 30, 2015
Virginia joined the ExtraFood team in January and has been a reliable volunteer ever since. We can count on her for 2 regular food trips including the Sunday Marin General trip, and she also jumps in to take on other trips when she can. Everything is simpler for ExtraFood and our partners when our volunteers “own” regular trips—we’re grateful to Virginia for all that she does!
November 23, 2015
Lynne deserves very special recognition for her work with Marin’s Farmers’ Markets. She has been our core recruiter for the markets, developing relationships with the many farmers, vendors and market management. She leads our team each week at the Thursday Civic Center market and volunteers solo at the Friday Mill Valley market. From the beginning months of our presence at the Civic Center markets (May 2014), she organized and staffed the Sunday Market team and worked every Sunday for over a year. With her energy, enthusiasm and creativity (she created our green aprons!) Lynne continues to champion our mission and values, bring in new volunteers, and keep our presence at farmers’ markets strong!
November 16, 2015
Meredith leads the St. Francis Episcopal Church team that staffs ExtraFood’s Civic Center Farmers’ Market pickup/delivery on the second Sunday of every month. Recruited by Sarah S., one of our regular Civic Center Farmers’ Market volunteers, Meredith took the lead early on and has been organizing and recruiting team members since March. We’re so grateful for Meredith’s consistent and dedicated leadership and for getting literally tons of wonderful produce to those in need.
November 09, 2015
Lynne has been busy with food trips since being referred by two of our longtime volunteers, Dan and Sue, and joining ExtraFood in May. Almost immediately she volunteered to handle the regular Saturday morning Chipotle trip, and recently added the regular Noah’s trip as well. We’re always delighted every time a volunteer signs up for a regular trip, especially weekend trips!
November 02, 2015
Since joining ExtraFood in March 2014, Sandy has rescued almost 14,000 lbs of food! Nearly all of that has come from our generous and sustainability-focused friends at @Whole Foods in Mill Valley where Sandy stops in every Thursday to pick up produce, dairy, deli and bakery and deliver it to people who need it in Marin City. We’re grateful for Sandy’s long-term commitment to ExtraFood and for “owning” an important regular food trip on our weekly schedule.
October 26, 2015
Rob has volunteered for ExtraFood for 18 months, has recovered almost 12,000 pounds of food and has just completed his 100th food trip! Rob literally came to the rescue this past week by jumping in, at the last minute, to back up another volunteer and help move a humongous amount of donated food to multiple recipients—twice! That was added to his regular trips including Andronico’s, Branson, the Corte Madera Famers’ Market and Marin General Hospital for a total of 8 trips. Wow! We’re grateful for Rob’s long-term and ongoing commitment to ExtraFood and the partners and people we serve.
October 19, 2015
Marina has been on our team for 16 months and has rescued over 800 pounds of food. And total weight rescued doesn’t come close to telling the whole story: a 20-pound donation might be 20 large burritos headed straight for 20—or more—kids, as on the Taqueria Mi Pueblo San Anselmo trip that she’s done many times. She’s signed up for a variety of food trips when they’re posted at the beginning of the week and sometimes also jumps on spontaneous trips when they come up during the week. We’re delighted to have Marina on the team!
October 12, 2015
Shannon has been absolutely invaluable to ExtraFood. Why? Because she’s been doing a regular food trip (Kaiser Hospital to Mill Street Center) on the weekend, when it can be challenging for us to keep trips handled consistently. Often doing her trips with her young son, she did her first Kaiser trip in September 2014 and has been committed ever since, rescuing 2,430 lbs of food on those Kaiser trips, not to mention helping out on other trips as well. We are blessed to have a volunteer like Shannon who has been as dependable as they come!
October 04, 2015
Amy did a variety of food trips — and was a key part of one of our videos which you can see here — before deciding to become a regular on the Novato Nugget Market trips. Every Tuesday and Thursday she delivers Nugget’s terrific donations to people who are in need, sometimes with her daughter Paige’s help. This week she had a different companion: she was accompanied by a local food writer for a forthcoming story on ExtraFood’s work. That’s just like Amy—to take extra time to help grow our program. She has been part of our team almost since the beginning, thanks to a referral from ExtraFood volunteer Deirdre, and we feel so fortunate to be the beneficiaries of Amy’s dedication and commitment!
September 28, 2015
Lisa D completed her first food trip for ExtraFood in May. Since then she has taken on many trips such as Noah’s, Chipotle and an occasional Farmers’ Market before settling on her regular Kaiser trip and the bi-weekly Lotus Cuisine trip (where she picks up prepared food made for us as part of our Planned Giving program). Lisa cares deeply about reducing food waste and we’re delighted she has a passion for our work!
September 21, 2015
Lisa has been a loyal volunteer for 20 months, starting just a month after ExtraFood was launched. She’s done a wide variety of food trips for us and our partners, including the regular Novato La Boulange trip for 9 months until it closed down. We know we can always count on Lisa and are grateful to have her on our team!
September 14, 2015
Janet and Chuck
Janet, accompanied by her husband Chuck, make up one of our steady husband-and-wife teams. Joining us in March 2014, they quickly saw food trips that matched perfectly with their schedules—the Marinitas and Insalatas trips—and volunteered to do those trips regularly. This summer, Janet and Chuck completed their 100th trip! We’re very grateful for their dedicated service to our cause and our community.
September 07, 2015
Cathy and Ron
Cathy and Ron are a husband-and-wife team and have been with us for over a year. This week their grocery store pickup was twice the normal size, but they handed it gracefully as always. With 160 food trips to date, they have made an enormous difference to ExtraFood and our partners. We are so grateful to have Cathy & Ron on our team!
August 31, 2015
Ernie joined ExtraFood in May 2014 and has done a variety of food trips since then, focused mainly on Kaiser and Arizmendi pickups with a sprinkling of Noah’s Bagels in between. Since the beginning of this year, he has become a terrific regular volunteer on our team at the Thursday Civic Center Farmers Market, where we pick up so much incredible produce from the generous vendors. Ernie is always a delight to work with—a true team player!
August 24, 2015
Marv has volunteered for ExtraFood since the early days of the organization, often accompanied by wife Sue. In the beginning, they tried out a few different food trips but they’ve now settled into a regular Saturday pickup from Marin General. We and our partners really appreciate having regular weekend volunteers like Marv — he reached 50 trips this week! Congratulations Marv!
August 17, 2015
Marijohn joined our team in February and has done 30 food trips so far! After checking out a few different trips, Marijohn settled on the regular SusieCakes and Chipotle trips. Volunteers “owning” regular trips makes things simpler for us, our food donors, and our recipients. We’re grateful for Marijohn’s commitment to ExtraFood!
August 10, 2015
Marilyn is one of our original volunteers and has completed 54 food trips so far. She’s very responsive, likes variety in her food trips (she’s driven all over the county on them), and creates great trip reports—sometimes with photos. We’re so happy that she’s continued to volunteer with ExtraFood for over a year and a half!
August 03, 2015
Curt has done 150 trips for us since he joined the ExtraFood team—as one of our first volunteers! Curt is an enthusiastic volunteer, does 2 regular trips each week, and has also stepped up to take on some of the larger trips recently. We’re delighted that Curt remains one of our loyal volunteers!
July 27, 2015
Sarah has been with us since our very first week, and has completed 92 food trips so far! She “owns” two of our regular weekly food trips, which is so helpful to us and our partners—we all know that, barring illness or vacation, she’s going to do those trips, week in and week out. She often brings her young daughter along with her, thus providing her with life lessons about reducing food waste and serving the less fortunate in her community. We feel so lucky to have Sarah on our team!
July 19, 2015
Morgan has done 61 food trips since he began volunteering for ExtraFood. He’s as reliable as clockwork, submitting his trip reports in a timely manner and doing his weekly trip from Marin General to New Beginnings every Thursday, week in and week out. We appreciate Morgan so much for his generous loyalty to ExtraFood, our partners, and the vulnerable people of our community!
July 12, 2015
Peter H I
Peter has already completed 35 food trips since he joined the team in January! He has delivered ExtraFood donations to all parts of Marin, from San Geronimo to Marin City. We’re lucky to have him on our team!
July 05, 2015
Recognized this week in the Marin IJ for her immense and longtime service to ExtraFood, Ellen has completed more than 175 food trips, was a founding member of our teams at the Civic Center Farmers’ Markets, and helped plan our recent Volunteer Appreciation event. She’s always enthusiastic, funny, and dedicated—an amazing volunteer.
June 28, 2015
Peter H. II
Peter started out with the Lotus Restaurant and Noah’s food trips, and likes to have a regular schedule of trips that he does each week. He’s now consolidated his weekly volunteering into a single, very productive day—4 trips! We’re lucky to have him on our team.
June 22, 2015
Julie regularly signs up online for food trips, and also takes on spontaneous trips as they come up during the week. She has no fear of the big trips! She was a critical part of the team sorting, dividing, and delivering the huge Novato Nugget food donation recently. We’re delighted that Julie’s on the ExtraFood team!
June 15, 2015
Susan, along with her husband, Dan, has been a volunteer since ExtraFood’s second month. She’s done a variety of food trips for us, including the Chipotle-to-Manzanita trip this past week, which helps vulnerable children—a top priority for ExtraFood. We’re grateful for Susan’s longtime support and passion for our cause, and are delighted to honor her this week!
June 08, 2015
Margaret not only volunteers for ExtraFood, but also helps to coordinate all the food that arrives at the San Geronimo Community Presbyterian Church. Easy to reach and always willing to help out, Margaret has been a consistent force in helping deliver and distribute food to West Marin residents. We’re delighted she’s on the ExtraFood team!
June 01, 2015
Mary has been with ExtraFood for 10 months and has played a central role in two big team efforts recently to move huge quantities of food around the county. She’s always so reliable, eager, and upbeat…and she has a Suburban! We’re all grateful that Mary is on our team.
May 25, 2015
Libby’s support has been absolutely invaluable with organizing, sorting and delivering the recent large food donations from the Nugget Markets. She has personally transported over 2200 lbs of food in just 3 weeks in a variety of food trips. And it’s such a delight to work with her! We are so fortunate to have her great energy and spirit on our team.
May 18, 2015
Alissa and Mike
Alissa and Mike are one of our husband & wife duos. Variety is the spice of life for these two as they’ve taken on a wide selection of trips throughout Marin. We’re delighted and grateful that they’re part of the ExtraFood team!
May 11, 2015
Thanks to Lee, Rob, Mary, Curt, Libby, and Julie for their collective enthusiasm, efficiency, energy and muscle power for recovering over 3500 pounds of food from Nugget Markets and delivering it to several of our grateful recipient partners. What a team!
May 04, 2015
Kamala has been with us since November and has been a regular on an M.H. Bread & Butter food trip for quite some time. She tells us that she’s greeted with warmth and familiarity at MHB&B and Martinelli House and that’s what she enjoys most about doing a regular food trip. Recently she’s also been interviewing and filming some of our food donors and recipients for an upcoming ExtraFood video. We’re so glad she’s on the ExtraFood team!
April 27, 2015
Karen’s been with us since January and dove right in, taking on two Wednesday regular trips right from the get-go. She’s 100% reliable and takes on other food trips when she can. A super volunteer!
April 20, 2015
Rob has been volunteering for ExtraFood for a little over a year, with 47 trips so far. He shared a photo with us a few weeks ago of his truck loaded up with about 700 lbs of donated food. Wow! Rob brings lots of enthusiasm, and for some of our biggest food trips, too. We’re delighted to have him on the team!
April 13, 2015
Annie helps us out whenever she can, taking on a variety of different trips. The nature of our system is that some of our donors don’t have extra food to donate at times, and have to cancel a trip. Annie’s had some of those cancellations lately, but she’s stuck with those trips, and we appreciate it!
April 06, 2015
Rod and Beatrix
Rod & Beatrix are a great father-daughter team who jump in when they can, offering their time for a variety of food trips. What a great way for a dad to spend some extra time with his daughter while contributing to our community! Beatrix’s photo was on the front page of the Marin IJ this week, featuring the work that her “green team” is doing in getting local restaurants to stop using plastic straws and use paper ones instead. Way to go Beatrix! http://www.marinij.com/general-news/20150324/drake-students-lobby-restaurants-to-drop-plastic-straws
March 30, 2015
Our Volunteer of the Week is Jo. Her favorite trip is to Ponsford’s Place Bakery, where she picks up their delicious pastries and drops them off to our recipients every Tuesday. Our recipients changed their delivery requirements a couple of times recently, but Jo was still able to deliver. Flexibility - a great quality in a great volunteer!
March 23, 2015
Elena and son Aidan
Elena and Aidan are a great mother/son team who have done a variety of food trips since joining us a year ago. We particularly appreciate them for the time they contribute to the Sunday Farmers’ market, and Elena has now stepped up twice to lead the team at the market. Here’s to Elena and Aidan, we appreciate you!
March 16, 2015
Ellen has been a volunteer since last summer and her food trip of choice is the Thursday Civic Center Farmers Market. We appreciate that Ellen jumps in to lend a hand at the market whenever she can - a great team player. Thank you Ellen!
March 09, 2015
Hank’s a new volunteer who has jumped in right away, with lots of enthusiasm, taking on a variety of food trips, including a big delivery to San Geronimo Community Center. Hank likes variety in his choice of
food trips and has even fit in a couple of trips at the Sunday Civic Center Farmers Market. Hank also volunteers elsewhere in the community, so we’re thankful that he has chosen to share some of his time with ExtraFood!
March 02, 2015
Ellen began volunteering for ExtraFood one year ago this week and has done 136 food trips to date! She’s one of our team leaders at the Sunday Farmers Market, has done a regular weekly Kaiser trip for many moons, and….she still takes on extra trips whenever she can. She’s great to work with, utterly reliable, and a true team player—an absolutely invaluable part of the ExtraFood team.
February 23, 2015
Mary, Dan O, Ron, and Cathy
These 4 dedicated volunteers offered their time this week to recover 155 emergency food kits from Marin General and deliver them to Ritter Center. It took 3 SUVs to move all of those boxes over to Ritter. What a team! Since each kit has 9 meals, that’s 1,395 meals recovered in one trip. A great effort for a great cause.
February 16, 2015
Riva has done over 45 trips since she joined ExtraFood last February. She jumps in and handles a variety of trips whenever she can, and loves the flexibility of ExtraFood because she and her husband travel often. Last week Riva went the extra mile to make sure that AHO’s youth event received the donation that they were hoping for. We thank you, Riva, for all of your help!
February 09, 2015
Isabelle is a high school student who joined ExtraFood over 9 months ago. She has been doing the Noah’s Bagels trip every Monday afternoon. Recently, Isabelle approached her school about the excess fresh food they’re wasting and they’re now considering becoming an ExtraFood food donor. Way to go, Isabelle!
February 02, 2015
Sarah has done 57 food trips (pickups and deliveries) for ExtraFood since she joined us in February. And, she has been invaluable in volunteering consistently at the Thursday Civic Center Farmers Market, jumping in when needed to help at the Sunday farmers’ market as well. Also, she recently recruited a team of volunteers who will staff our presence at the Sunday farmer’s market once per month. Sarah adds so much to the ExtraFood team and we’re grateful for her!
January 26, 2015
Lee joined ExtraFood in May and since then he has done 129 food trips! We can count on him every week for his three regular trips and sometimes he even takes on more. Lee is also an invaluable volunteer because he’s always providing us with great feedback about his trips, including opportunities for us to improve our service. We salute you, Lee!
January 19, 2015
Since June Ananda has been doing a variety of food trips throughout the county—4 this week! And on top of that, we were lucky that Ananda was so flexible this week—traveling out to West Marin for a delivery when the original San Rafael recipient had to cancel. We’re grateful to have Ananda on our team.
January 12, 2015
Sharron is the absolute queen of Planned Giving! She has received numerous commitments from restaurants, such as Mi Pueblo and Chipotle, to make extra food for us. But this week Sharron was at her intrepid best. She was at one of our Planned Giving donors for reasons unrelated to ExtraFood, not once but twice. Both times Sharron asked if they had any extra food to donate, and both times they did! Sharon’s willingness to ask organizations to be generous has really paid off for us and for our recipients.
January 05, 2015
Volunteer of the Year 2014: Lynne
Lynne did her first food trip during the very first week we began operating in December 2013. Since that time, she has completed over 130 trips. Over 130! That’s amazing in and of itself, but Lynne’s contributions to ExtraFood go far beyond that. To give a few examples of many:
- She has worked diligently and tirelessly on the effort to recruit new food donors, not only leading other volunteers to do so but personally recruiting quite a number of food donors herself.
- She has almost invariably captained our teams at the Thursday and Sunday Civic Center farmers’ markets, not to mention doing the Tam Valley and Mill Valley farmers’ markets trips regularly.
- Her tireless efforts to spread the word about ExtraFood have had a huge impact on the awareness of ExtraFood throughout the county.
- There are so many other ways that Lynne has contributed to ExtraFood’s growth and success, too many to enumerate here. But any start-up needs people who “pitch in” and do all sorts of things that just plain need doing, and Lynne has done tons of those. Like our fantastic ExtraFood aprons, which reflect Lynne’s boundless creativity!
And what Lynne brings most of all is a huge passion for feeding the hungry and ending food waste—and a big, giving heart—that has fueled her dynamic and dedicated work for ExtraFood this year.
December 31, 2014
Cathy and Ron
The dynamic husband-and-wife team of Cathy and Ron started the week by picking up from both sides of the building at Whole Foods in one trip. Then, not only did they do a trip out to West Marin, but did another trip out there during the same day!
December 29, 2014
In addition to her regular weekly trips—captaining the team at the Thursday farmers’ market, delivering from there, and doing the Friday Mill Valley farmers’ market trip—Lynne recruited, picked up and delivered the KIND donation—1200 of their terrific snack bars, which Lynne delivered to 3 of our recipients. Plus, because of the dance party Lynne arranged a couple weeks ago, one of the attendees there held her own benefit for us at MoveMe Studio. On top of all that, because of Lynne’s work with Andronico’s, they expanded their donation in a big way. And who picked it up and delivered it? Lynne!
December 22, 2014
Ananda has been with us for quite some time now, and Safeway/St. Vincent’s is one of her favorite trips. That’s an important one, as so often Safeway donates lots of eggs, which are prized by our recipients. Eggs aren’t cheap, and they’re a great source of protein—our recipients’ #1 request. So when we bring large quantities of eggs to our recipients we’re directly helping them reduce their food budgets and helping them give their clients an important component of their diet.
December 15, 2014
Daniel did not one but two trips to Green Gulch Farm Zen Center up Shoreline Highway in Mill Valley to receive their wonderful donations, including a donation of lots of bread loaves. Daniel makes a point of regularly checking the schedule and the emails/texts for food trips that work for him. And, he often takes one or both of his kids with him on trips as a way of modeling the importance of serving our community. Going to the ess-frequently-visited areas of our county to get food donations is a very important part of what we do, and we thank Daniel for doing that this week.
December 08, 2014
Marina is another great member of our growing West Marin crew. She has done a variety of trips for us, not only to West Marin but to other parts of the county as well. She is always one of the first to sign up when the weekly signups are published, and reports the weight and contents of her trips quickly as well. She’s a pleasure to work with and we’re delighted to have her on the team.
December 01, 2014
Mike T. has done a number of different food trips for us, but he’s most often doing a trip out to San Geronimo, helping us to serve our partners and the vulnerable people they serve in West Marin. Mike doesn’t live in West Marin but he likes to deliver there, and we really appreciate it.
November 24, 2014
Ernie lives in West Marin, and has been one of our volunteers who quickly signs up for trips that deliver there. That’s important because West Marin is one of the areas we focus on, both because of the concentration of people in need there and because there’s very limited access to fresh healthy food. I’m sure Ernie would agree with any of us who’ve done trips out there that West Marin is often closer than we think! Ernie also joined the team at the Civic Center farmers market this week, and on top of that, is sending out a whole bunch of postcards to promote the December 4 concert benefitting ExtraFood. He’s done all sorts of trips around the county, and is a longtime member of our team.
November 17, 2014
Shannon has been invaluable to us because she’s been doing trips on the weekends, when it can be challenging for us to keep trips handled regularly (and our recipients may not receive enough offers of donations as well). Shannon does these trips with 7-year-old son Vinny, who says of going on ExtraFood food trips, “It’s cool.” Mom loves “that he sees how other lives work outside of his bubble.”
November 10, 2014
Dan has been with us since we began our program in December. In the last few weeks he’s been doing a variety of trips—he’s grabbed a new trip that came up during the week, filled in for a volunteer who was out, did the Wednesday Corte Madera farmer’s market trip, and he’s volunteered at the Sunday Civic Center farmer’s market. Dan told me about delivering to a recipient this week, finding staff there who hadn’t heard of ExtraFood, and spending some time explaining our program. We need that kind of spreading-the-word to secure more funding, more food donations, and more volunteers for our program—Dan’s a terrific ambassador for ExtraFood.
November 03, 2014
Kate H II
Kate has been all over the county for us in a relatively short space of time, doing pickups from 10 different donors so far. Kate looks for a need and fills it! She says that it’s been great to get “a glimpse of so many organizations doing good things in the community.”
October 27, 2014
Chloe has done numerous food trips including weekend trips to recover hundreds of pounds of food that would have otherwise gone to waste. Chloe is also a tireless evangelist for ExtraFood in the community and is a pleasure to work with.
October 20, 2014
Lisa has been working at the Civic Center farmer’s market, filling in for our regular on the La Boulange Novato trip, doing the Country Mart market trip, filling in on other trips such as the Kaiser trip, taking on spontaneous trips that come up….and all with a positive, can-do attitude. Lisa is someone who is always ready to do what needs doing!
October 13, 2014
Elena has done a number of different trips, but most often she is delivering donations to Next Generation Scholars in San Rafael, a terrific organization helping underserved kids travel a path to college. Elena’s school-age son Aidan accompanies her, and she reports that Aidan has learned some powerful truths about Marin and his peers from what he has seen at NextGen.
October 06, 2014
Cathy and Ron
Cathy and Ron have done a number of different trips since they joined the team (including some that take a bigger vehicle, glad they have that!) for which we’re very grateful, plus they’ve been regulars on the Friday Arizmendi trip, one of the few that can have two recipients. We really appreciate Cathy and Ron literally going the extra mile for us, our nonprofit partners, and the vulnerable Marin residents they serve.
September 29, 2014
Kate H I
Kate’s been involved with ExtraFood since February. She’s a regular on our Monday/Tuesday Whole Foods to LIFT trips and is our ‘on-call’ back-up for an afternoon trip. Kate is always flexible and reliable as a food runner, and continues to look for ways to deepen her involvement with ExtraFood. We’re so lucky to have Kate on our team.
September 22, 2014
Marv has done a variety of trips including Marin General, Mi Pueblo, Insalata’s and Whole Foods, and has delivered everywhere from Novato to Marin City. And he has played a critically important role for us volunteering on weekends. He has been with us for quite some time and we appreciate his dedication!
September 15, 2014
Our Volunteer of the Week is Mary. Mary has done a variety of food trips—Safeway, Marin General, the Thursday and Sunday Civic Center markets—and she’s delivered across much of the county, from Novato to San Rafael to, yesterday, West Marin. Mary is always so energetic, supportive and ready to help. Thank you Mary!
September 08, 2014
Denise has been a regular at the Thursday and Sunday Civic Center farmer’s markets, at which we collect literally thousands of pounds of food each week. Denise is friendly, cool under pressure, and a great teammate. Whether she’s on a Thursday team or a Sunday team, we’re always happy to be working with her. Thank you Denise!
September 01, 2014
Not only has Ginny been filling in for other volunteers from time to time, but she has been doing a regular Marin General trip for quite a while, part of the 7-days-a-week Marin General team that has been doing such a marvelous job. Through her regular trip, Ginny has been delivering hundreds and hundreds of pounds of food to children and seniors in Marin City. Thank you Ginny!
August 24, 2014
Kris has been an absolute mainstay of the Civic Center Farmer’s Market team on Thursdays. She’s just a terrific person to work with—great attitude, great heart, completely reliable and just plain fun. When she got word that her work schedule was changing such that she wouldn’t be able to do Thursdays any more, she immediately asked for a different trip that would fit her schedule, and voila, she’s covering the Corte Madera farmer’s market for us now. Thank you Kris!
August 17, 2014
Liz started the week getting up early Sunday morning to help with the massive haul of extra food at the Marin Century. And she spent some of her day yesterday picking up the donations from the Marin Country Mart farmer’s market. Luckily for us, she’s been on the team for quite some time, doing regular trips, filling in for people who are out, and grabbing spur-of-the-moment trips as they come up. Liz is a true all-arounder and a great team player. Thank you Liz!
August 10, 2014
Suzanne has done many different food trips for us, including the Civic Center farmer’s market. She frequently takes on a role that we ask many of our volunteers to take on as well: doing trips that don’t have a regular volunteer, and filling in for regulars when they’re unavailable. That’s an important part of making our team work well together. And she’s always timely with her reports on her trips. Thank you Suzanne!
August 03, 2014
Our Volunteer of the Week is Joelle! She’s been doing a regular Kaiser trip for quite some time. On top of that, she’s been a huge part of our work with farmer’s markets across Marin. She, along with her husband Arby, is a regular at the Sunday Civic Center market, and she’s been doing the Corte Madera and Country Mart (formerly Larkspur Landing) markets as well. Plus this week she filled in at Whole Foods San Rafael.
July 27, 2014
Frequently accompanied by husband Chuck, Janet does 2 regular trips for us, week-in and week-out. Our “engine” of volunteers doing regular trips is one of the many things that gives our program a strong, steady, sustainable foundation; Janet’s a big part of that. She’s always responsive, flexible, quick to report the weight/contents of her donations, and on top of the details of her trips. Thank you Janet!
July 20, 2014
Lee has done a wide variety of trips for us, often several per week. But Lee goes further: he talks with donors, recipients, and ExtraFood staff so as to improve what we do. Lee is a terrific ambassador for ExtraFood.org, a dedicated food runner and a great idea man. Thank you Lee!
July 13, 2014
Marilyn has been with us since the beginning of January, doing a variety of food trips all over the county. She is always very responsive, upbeat, and communicative about how her trips go. She also takes a personal interest in the nonprofits she delivers to. Thank you Marilyn!
July 06, 2014
Amara has been with us since February, doing a regular trip for us week-in and week-out. She’s always reliable and responsive, and always has a wonderful attitude toward her work for us and our partners. Doing a regular trip is a very important part of keeping ExtraFood.org rolling, and it makes everyone’s job easier knowing that we can count on Amara every week. We’re grateful to have you on the team, Amara!
June 29, 2014
Morgan has been doing a regular trip for some time now—the Marin General to New Beginnings trip. He’s always on time, reliable, reports on the weight and contents of the donations, and the people at MGH and NB love him. That’s a ways to drive, but Morgan does it every week, and New Beginnings always loves the donation for their 80-bed shelter. Thank you Morgan!
June 22, 2014
If there’s one word to describe Julie in her work for ExtraFood.org and our partners, it’s “versatile.” She’s often one of the first to sign up online for trips, be they big ones like Whole Foods San Rafael, or smaller but still very important trips like Marinitas and Insalata’s. She grabs trips that come up during the week, and she’s also joined the fun at the Civic Center Farmer’s Market. She’s always responsive, upbeat, and dedicated to what we’re all doing. Thank you Julie!
June 15, 2014
Sandy has been a mainstay of the Whole Foods San Rafael team for quite some time. And, she’s been rolling with the start-up of Whole Foods Mill Valley as a donor, helping that to get rolling. She’s doing 2 regular trips each week now. And on top of all that, Sandy took it upon herself, after getting to know one of our recipient organizations, to donate some of her kids’ sports equipment to that organization. We appreciate you Sandy!
June 08, 2014
Debbie and daughter Amanda
This dynamic Mom-Daughter tag team has been doing the Sunday Marin General-to-St. Vincent’s trip for quite some time, and we love that because many volunteers aren’t available on Sundays. St. Vincent’s tells us that they really appreciate the food, which they integrate into several of their food programs. Debbie and Amanda are one of several Parent-Child (or, ahem, Parent-Teen) duos on our team — we thank you Debbie and Amanda!
June 01, 2014
Sarah has done a regular trip for quite some time, and a challenging one at that. Sarah has had to roll with some hiccups, but she has adjusted with aplomb and is always courteous and professional with the donor, and of course the recipient loves the donations! Sarah has been so persistent and flexible on this one. Way to go, Sarah, and thank you!
May 25, 2014
Cindi has been a central part of our critically important, 7-days-a-week Kaiser team from the beginning, helping to get their donations to vulnerable populations throughout Marin. She recently had to give up a regular trip after getting a new job but she immediately signed up for a different regular trip. And our recipients give her major props. Thank you Cindi!
May 18, 2014
Riva grabbed a trip that came up on Monday, did her regular trip from Kaiser to San Geronimo Community Center on Thursday (one of our longer drives, but the people of West Marin SO appreciate this, and they can feel quite isolated at times), and then filled in for a volunteer who had to cancel a Kaiser trip on Saturday. And she’s always upbeat, supportive, and passing along feedback from donors and recipients. Thank you Riva!
May 11, 2014
Ellen’s done 17 trips so far — taking on a regular trip, filling in for volunteers who are out of town, taking on trips that come up randomly — what a team player! Thank you Ellen!
May 04, 2014
Rob has jumped into ExtraFood.org with both feet, doing trips all over the county including to the critically important areas of the Canal and Marin City, and a Saturday morning trip as well. This week, he dealt with a very rare mess-up by one of our donors, arriving to find they had no donation for him. Undaunted, Rob immediately signed up for a trip the next day that brought critically important food to our new partners, West Marin Senior Services. WMSS serves 800 people in Bolinas, Stinson Beach, Inverness, Point Reyes and the San Geronimo Valley. They’re meeting us at the San Geronimo church to pick up the food we’re delivering and then distribute it to their clients—a first step in a bridge we’re building together between the extra food in North/South/East Marin and the vulnerable populations in West Marin. Thank you Rob!
April 27, 2014
Gale has done 14 trips for us and for our recipients! She is always positive, dependable, and a real team player. And she grabs an open slot darn quickly. Thanks Gale!
April 20, 2014
Terri and daughters Sarah M and Emily
What a formidable team! Separately and together they’ve been doing regular trips and trips that come up during the week, always with a terrific attitude and quick responsiveness. This weekend Sarah and Emily did a Kaiser trip and a Marin General trip together, changing the recipient of the Marin General trip at the last minute at my request because of an urgent request for food that we received. And special kudos to Terri—she was the first of many parent volunteers to involve their kids in our work. Way to go, ladies!
April 13, 2014
Cindy did 3 trips this week, and at the end of last week kicked off our project with Whole Foods San Rafael and LIFT, which went off without a hitch. She’s always enthusiastic, positive, and flexible, and is so often ready to take on another trip at a moment’s notice. Thank you Cindy! You rock!
April 06, 2014
Sarah has done 10 food trips so far—a veteran! She has taken on one of the regular Kaiser trips, and is always positive and responsive. Plus she’s one of several parents who are involving their kids in food trips—a great role model, to be sure. Thank you Sarah!
March 30, 2014
Amy did two trips this week and is always quick to inform me of the total weight of her donations, along with whatever she could see of the contents. And my spies tell me that she posts about ExtraFood.org on her Facebook page and recruits more volunteers for us, along with “Liking” our Facebook posts so that they show up on her News Feed and new people see them. Thank you Amy!
March 23, 2014
Jayne did 2 trips this week, and in a cool way—she noticed that the timing and locations of two trips on the same day synched up nicely, so she signed up for both. She always gets us info quickly about the total weight and contents of donations, and on top of all that she dealt with a donor snafu (tiny donation) very gracefully—the recipient was most grateful. Thank you Jayne!
March 16, 2014
Deirdre is very experienced in marketing and brand communications, and has been working “behind the scenes” with us since December. She has created our brand strategy, from which has sprung projects to create our forthcoming new logo/identity, new website, and promotional videos, among others. Marketing is very important for ExtraFood.org in so many ways: for fundraising, for recruiting volunteers and food donors, for signing up new recipients, and on and on. Thank you Deirdre!
March 08, 2014
Her relentlessness in securing donations from organizations around Marin has brought much more food into our program and then to many of the nonprofits we serve. Way to go, Sharron!
March 02, 2014
Kerry did 3 trips this week in her second week on the team. And that included 2 in one day, including one that hadn’t been claimed the night before and was therefore raising the Exec Director’s panic level. Thank you Kerry! (and also for modeling our new food delivery bag)
February 23, 2014
Elaine has signed up many of the recipients we deliver to. She was also busy driving all over the place this week posting “Be a volunteer food runner” fliers for us. On top of all that she did 2 food trips, and would have done a third but another volunteer’s email came to me 30 seconds before hers did. Thank you Elaine!
February 16, 2014
Lynne organized, designed, and staffed our presence at the Green Tourism Summit hosted by the Marin Convention and Visitors’ Bureau. Check out the posting further down this page for photos of the “hunger fact plates” that she made for the ExtraFood.org table. And the head of the Bureau gave us a shout-out in his opening remarks at the Summit! Lynne heads up our Donor Recruitment/Relations team and continued her work on that this week, and also did a big Saturday morning food trip. Thank you Lynne!
February 08, 2014
Mother-son team, Paula and Beau
They’ve repeatedly done an evening food trip that has had its challenges as we’ve sorted it out with the donor, and Paula has made numerous suggestions that have helped us improve our organization. Thank you Paula and Beau! (and if any of you know high school students like Beau who want community service hours, please spread the word.)
February 02, 2014
Curt is our first Volunteer of the Week! Curt noticed that two food trips on one day could be combined, and so he signed up for both and made four stops on one trip. On top of that, when Curt saw that another trip that day had not yet been spoken for, he offered to do that one, too! (We ended up finding another volunteer to do it, but wow.) Curt also spent a little time with each recipient he delivered to, finding out more about them and living our credo: “Food rescue with the human touch.” Thank you, Curt!
January 26, 2014