PROGRAMS

ExtraFood's mission is to help end hunger and wasted food in the North Bay. Our food recovery program rescues excess fresh food from businesses, schools, and gardens and immediately delivers it to people facing food insecurity.

ExtraFood serves all cities in the North Bay

  • Who we rescue food from:
    Grocery stores, restaurants, schools, farmers' markets, farms, caterers/events, bakeries, corporations, congregations, civic organizations, hospitals, backyard gardens and farms.
  • Types of food we rescue:
    Prepared food, fresh produce, dairy products, eggs, meat, packaged goods, baked goods.
  • Who we donate to:
    Any nonprofit serving vulnerable people in the North Bay, such as after-school programs, senior housing centers, homeless shelters, food pantries, treatment programs.

OUR PROGRAMS

We rescue fresh, excess food from any business or school and immediately deliver it to nonprofit distribution partners, 365 days a year, free of charge. Learn more.

Community Meals donors regularly make a dish for 10-20 people, eg. once per week, and we make sure it gets to people who need it the most. It’s something that’s convenient for our restaurant donors to make — perhaps a little extra of something they’re already making — and we pick it up when it’s convenient for them. Learn more.

Through our partnership with Share the Bounty, volunteers glean or pick up excess fruit and vegetables from backyards and community gardens. Learn more.

Through our partnership with the West Marin Glean Team, volunteers glean excess fruits and vegetables from farms. Learn more.

Emergency Response

We leverage our many food partner relationships, volunteer network, safety-net partners, and technology systems to quickly respond to increasingly frequent disasters and crises. We are actively working with MCF, VOAD, and the County of Marin to create a county-wide disaster-feeding plan. Learn more.

"The prepared meals from Marin Health were a big hit! They were gone within 30 minutes. We received chicken, roasted butternut squash, pasta and quinoa. They will have it for dinner and take it to their day program. It's nice when our Direct Support Professionals can quickly prepare a delicious, nutritious meal. Lifehouse is grateful to partner with amazing nonprofits like ExtraFood to help our community live full lives!"

~ Erin Loftus, Office Manager

Lifehouse Agency