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Pick Up Excess Food and Deliver It to Neighborhood Food Programs

We need six drivers and their cars and six additional volunteers to help move excess food from grocery stores to neighborhood food programs. We'll debrief afterwards over homemade pancakes and freshly squeezed OJ at my loft in the Mission.

If you've ever gone to a lavish corporate event or fancy farmer's market and wondered where all the extra food goes, it usually ends up in the garbage. Food Runners was started to address that problem. They make it easy for adhoc food donors to schedule a pickup and, through the magic of volunteers, the food gets delivered to neighborhood charities.

We will manage three deliveries: 

• a well known grocery store in the Haight to a low-income seniors residence in Fillmore (one car) 

• a large Anza Vista area grocery store to a homeless men's shelter in the Western Addition (three cars)

• a major grocery store in Mission Dolores area to a low-income seniors residence near Twin Peaks (two cars)


8:45am: Pick up your volunteer buddy
9am: Pick up food from grocery store and deliver it to neighborhood food program
10:00am: Brunch at my place in the Mission
11:30am: Drop off your volunteer buddy


RSVP on this meetup page and ALSO email me (garry.415 at gmail dot com) with your meetup name and we'll coordinate who's picking up whom on a private google spreadsheet. 

Please only RSVP if you can definitely make it. Otherwise it will be a logistical nightmare to reorganize around missing volunteers.

If there's enough interest, we can start doing this event regularly.

Donor Liability

I always thought you ran a risk of getting sued if you donated food and someone got sick, but interestingly California law protects donors from liability thanks to the 1988 Russell Bill. (It can be found in sections[masked] of the California Food and Agriculture code.) So if your corporate cafeteria or event wants to help alleviate hunger in San Francisco risk-free, have them give Nancy a call at Food Runners.

About Food Runners

Food Runners is a volunteer organization dedicated to alleviating hunger in San Francisco, preventing waste and creating community.

Food Runners is currently delivering over 15 tons of food a week that would otherwise be thrown away. With help from our volunteer coordinator, our paid truck driver and our volunteers, Food Runners can provide enough food for 3,000 meals a day in San Francisco.

Food Runners picks up excess perishable and prepared food from businesses such as restaurants, caterers, bakeries, hospitals, event planners, corporate cafeterias, and hotels and delivers it directly to neighborhood food programs that feed the hungry.

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  • garry

    well done, people! everything went super smooth, the clients are happy, and the teamwork in making breakfast was truly impressive.

    let's start making this a regular event. keep an eye out for the invites. later!

    1 · July 13, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Awesome event Garry! Thanks again for setting it up and hosting the brunch. I will definitely be on the lookout for the next one.

      1 · July 13, 2014

  • garry

    hey folks, look's like we're good to go. take a look at the carpool schedule to make sure you know who you're picking up and when (i recommend 8:45am). ping me early if you can't make it so our backups (jon and tushar) can fill in.

    July 7, 2014

  • garry

    Tiffany, Maya, Rebecca, Pratik, Sam, Stefan R, Tomoya -- please shoot me your email address so I can add you to the Google Carpooling Spreadsheet. If I don't hear from you by mid-week, I will have to un-RSVP you. Thanks!

    July 6, 2014

    • garry

      hey stefan, just click on my name and then click send email and that sends a private message.

      July 6, 2014

    • Rebecca J.

      [masked]. (Rebecca )

      July 7, 2014

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