There is a great new food recovery program in our area and it is looking for volunteers!
This year, White Pony Express and RecycleSmart are working together to get more businesses connected to food recipient programs through the Food Rescue Direct program. This volunteer-led initiative is made possible through a grant from CalRecycle.
Food Rescue Direct helps businesses like restaurants and caterers to donate their prepared food—from bread, produce, and prepared food, to pre-packaged meals—more frequently to support their community.
What’s extra exciting is that White Pony Express can now coordinate surplus food donations from 600 more organizations than they could before.
And anyone can be a part of the process!
What does it take to volunteer? Food runners pick up food from one donor—no more than what can fit in the trunk of a car—and deliver it to one recipient. That’s it! Although volunteers need a car for the Food Rescue Direct program, there are other volunteer opportunities that do not require a car.
Contra Costa County residents can sign up to become food runners on the website below. Participants can volunteer as often as they would like. The whole family can even join in on the deliveries!
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