ExtraFood is thrilled to announce our partnership with Share the Bounty, a gleaning program that picks up excess fruit and vegetables from backyard gardens in the North Bay and delivers them to people struggling with hunger. The organization was started in 2016 by Jack, Scott, and Kate Van Hooser of Tiburon as they were walking around the neighborhood with their grandmother. They noticed how much fruit was rotting in their neighbors’ yards and the idea was born. To date, the organization has rescued over 17,000 pounds of produce.
Many people who experience food insecurity struggle to afford nutritious foods like fresh fruits and vegetables, which are typically more expensive. With this partnership, we will not only prevent more produce from going to waste and rotting in landfills, but we will also provide even more healthy fresh food to vulnerable people in our community.
ExtraFood Executive Director Will Dittmar says “We are thrilled to bring Share the Bounty into the ExtraFood family. We share a mission to end hunger and food waste in our community and we are impressed that it was started by three hard-working, caring teenagers. ExtraFood looks forward to expanding the current gleaning program to community gardens and farms, further decreasing food waste and providing healthy produce to people struggling with hunger.”
Kate from Share the Bounty says “I am really proud of my family in all that we have accomplished with our organization. Now that we will be working with ExtraFood, we can expand our volunteer network beyond friends and family as well as help more people have access to fresh, local fruits and vegetables.”
To learn more about ExtraFood’s gleaning program, go to: sharethebounty