National Nonprofit Day

August 17, 2023 /

Happy National Nonprofit Day! Today is a special day to recognize and celebrate the impact that nonprofits like ours make in our communities. We celebrate the day with all of our supporters and partners. Here is staff member Mandy's story about why she works at ExtraFood. Click here to share your story about why you support ExtraFood!

By Mandy Willian, Senior Marketing Manager

"I began as an ExtraFood volunteer in 2016, and my first rescue was from Safeway in San Anselmo. I chose this rescue because it was for an elementary school. At the time, my own children were in elementary school, and supporting kids in need felt right.

Loaded with hundreds of pounds of bread in my SUV, I drove to the school in East San Rafael. As I entered the after-school program classroom, the students greeted me warmly. The program director shared that each child takes a loaf of bread home—much-needed support for families in low-income households.

After the delivery, I sat in my car and cried. It struck me how routine buying bread is for my family, while nearby families struggle to afford groceries. It's unsettling that perfectly good bread would be discarded due to meaningless expiration dates.

Over the next 5 years as a volunteer, I witnessed vast amounts of fresh produce and meals going to waste, even though many face food insecurity in our community. In 2021, I saw a job post for a marketing position that fit my background and applied enthusiastically. Today, I use my marketing skills to spotlight our vital work and I am passionate about our mission.

We honor and celebrate volunteers, donors, and partners who join us to provide fresh food to vulnerable people and prevent wasted food. Your support is invaluable—thank you for being part of our nonprofit."

Share your story about why you support ExtraFood!

As we come together to mark National Nonprofit Day, we wanted to take a moment to express our heartfelt gratitude for your unwavering support.

But our work is far from over. We invite you support our food recovery program with a one time or monthly gift to help us eliminate wasted food and alleviate hunger in our community. Thank you!