How Our Program Works
- A business or school contacts us with a minimum of 10 servings (or 10 pounds) of excess fresh food to donate in food-safe, disposable containers. They specify a day and timerange for pick-up in Marin. We take any type of food: Prepared food, fresh produce, dairy, eggs, meat, packaged goods, baked goods -- it's all good.
- Considering the type of food, quantity of food, and pick-up day/time, we find the best match for the donation among our many recipient partners. We always know who needs what and when! We confirm the pick-up with the donor, and an ExtraFood volunteer signs up online to pick up and deliver the food (or we dispatch our staff driver in our refrigerated truck or van).
- The volunteer (or staff driver) picks up the donation, if necessary loading it into a sealed industrial-grade food delivery bag with ice packs -- the same tools used by Whistlestop's Meals on Wheels program. The volunteer then drives directly to the recipient, with no stops or detours, and always in under 30 minutes. That's it!