What People Are Saying
Here's what some of our recipients and partners are saying about our impact:
"Me ayudado porque mi familia salio positive, nadie a podido salir, y nos da paz sabiendo que la comunidad aprecia y nos ayuda."
"It helped me because my family was [COVID-]positive, no one was able to leave, and it gives us peace knowing that the community appreciates and helps us."
— ExtraFood recipient
"Con ellas he podido tener comida en la mesa para mi familia, muchas gracias."
"Because of you I was able to have food on my table for my family. Thank you so much."
— ExtraFood recipient
"Me hizo sentir que hay personas que aún se preocupan por otros. Gracias."
"It made me feel like there are people who still care about others. Thank you."
— ExtraFood recipient
“[Because of ExtraFood's deliveries] I’m finding myself eating a more nutritious diet and a diet that has more variety to it, anything from salads to complete dinner meals that appear to be custom made....What I found is as people get older, they tend not to prepare healthy foods for themselves because it is an extra effort. Some of the more complex meals we receive from ExtraFood…instead of just eating a sandwich, people are receiving full meals that are very tasty and made from scratch. All the individuals who I know who receive ExtraFood look forward to it because it tastes so good and has nutrition. It’s high-end food which makes people feel they are receiving something of quality.”
— Michael Harris, Novato
"ExtraFood is a key player in providing fresh food for Marin’s most vulnerable children, seniors and families. And at the same time, working to end food waste and impacting the climate crisis. ExtraFood has made a huge impact on the health of Marin and for that, I am 100% supportive and tremendously grateful!"
— Katie Rice, District 2/Marin County Board of Supervisors
“Thank you so much. This is so critically helpful! Your impressively organized and mission-driven system is key to the wellbeing of all people in the community who struggle with food security.”
— Mary Kay Sweeney, Executive Director, Homeward Bound of Marin
“Beyond the wonderful food that you provide, my children are encouraged by the fact that somewhere out in the world there are people who want to ensure they have fresh, healthy food. This feeling of being cared for is so powerful and I thank you so much for all that you do.”
— Sally Matsuishi, Founder and former ED, Next Generation Scholars
“It’s a great complement to a food bank in any location to have a group [ExtraFood.org] that picks up things that aren’t cost-effective for us to pick up. When somebody calls us and says they have some oranges, we ask where to send the tractor-trailer.”
— Paul Ash, former Executive Director, SF-Marin Food Bank
“Donating food helps breathe life into the community, and ExtraFood makes it easy for us. I don’t have to deal with the guilt of throwing things away that people really need.”
— Eddie Reduta, Dairy Manager, Nugget Markets - Corte Madera
“Putting focus on diverting waste saves us money through cutting back on having waste hauled away."
— Kanoa Aipia, Store Director, Nugget Markets - Corte Madera
“ExtraFood is a passionate organization, is very effective at helping people in the community who are food-insecure, and has been a great partner for us."
— Clarke Pomeroy, Store Team Leader, Whole Foods Market - Miller Ave., Mill Valley
"Growing up in the grocery business has made me very sensitive to the growing food waste problem in our modern world. That is why we are so grateful for our partnership with ExtraFood, which helps us minimize waste while serving delicious food to those in need. At United Markets, we value taking care of our local community and maximizing our sustainability efforts. It’s a win-win!"
— Kelly Smith, Owner/Operator United Markets
“ExtraFood is a key partner in our business. They help streamline our operations by making the donating process easy.”
— Megan Mokri, Co-Founder, Byte Foods
“Community is important to me as a person and as a business. I donate because I know people don’t have enough money to eat well.”
— Lito Saldana, Owner, Los Moles - San Rafael
“My team and I are thrilled at the opportunity to help our community. If it were not for the team at ExtraFood.org, I'm not sure how we would be able to donate food in this volume and manner. This is a great partnership among businesses, volunteers, and organizations to help feed the vulnerable residents of Marin County and reduce the amount of wasted food items that end up in landfills.”
— Mike Montross, Director of Nutrition Services, MarinHealth Medical Center
“When I started working for Novato Unified School District in 2002 there was no locally-grown produce being offered to the students in our schools. That's an injustice. Today, we offer plenty of locally-grown produce to our kids, but not all the food is used. We had been throwing away perfectly good, healthful food at the end of the day – produce and prepared food – instead of providing it to families in the community who could benefit from it. That's an injustice. Thanks to our local farmers and ExtraFood.org, both of these injustices have been resolved in our efforts to improve the culture of wellness in our schools and community.”
— Miguel Villarreal, former Director of Food and Nutritional Services, Novato USD
“We are proud to support the important work that ExtraFood.org does for our Marin community. They make it so easy for us to donate our extra food to those in need. ExtraFood is a heroic partner allowing our community to put our values into action. No person should go hungry.”
— Moji Javid, Director of Synagogue Engagement, Congregation Rodef Sholom
“Kids come [to the church's pantry supplied by ExtraFood] when their parents aren’t home and they don’t have food in the house. People with babies who live on food stamps come for milk. Seniors who need food at the end of the month when their government benefit checks run out come for a bag of groceries.”
— Leticia Jones, People's Inter-Cities Fellowship, Marin City
“You have blessed us beyond measure and have transformed the experience for our food pantry clients.”
— Yaker K., Food Pantry Coordinator, St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, Marin City
“Thank you ExtraFood.org volunteers. The food you are bringing us feeds seniors and young families in West Marin from Muir Beach, into the San Geronimo Valley and up to the Sonoma County line. West Marin is an affordable food desert surrounded by farms producing the best of Marin's food and the most needy are often forgotten. Thank you for including these seniors and families in the bounty Marin's food culture offers.”
— Chloe Cook, San Geronimo Community Presbyterian Church and County of Marin Aging and Adult Services
“Your help is truly appreciated. We are grateful for your terrific work and loyal support!”
— Christine Paquette, Executive Director, St. Vincent de Paul Society
“The quality of life has improved within our community by the food your team and your donors provide!”
— Alison Buck, Program Director, Voyager Carmel Center
“On behalf of my Warner Creek seniors, we are so grateful for the delicious food ExtraFood donates to us. Thank you so much for your kindness and generosity over the years. I feel that my seniors are so blessed and their lives richer because of your attitude of service and compassion. ”
— Monina Hamilton, Service Coordinator, Warner Creek Senior Housing