Volunteers for Food Runners pick up a donation. Photo courtesy Food Runners.
San Francisco is a pretty dreamy place to live, the kind of place where many residents have a preferred vendor of locally roasted coffee, and the difference between white and black truffles is widely known. But not everyone in San Francisco is in a situation to enjoy these luxuries. ~FOOD RUNNERS~, an organization started by Tante Marie’s Mary Risley 25 years ago, takes excess prepared and perishable foods from restaurants and delivers it to area shelters. Many local restaurants participate, as do farmers’ markets, grocery stores, food photographers, and event planners. In fact, Le Colonial, Kokkari, Rose Pistola, 25 Lusk, Delfina, and Piperade all cook “planned overages” of freshly cooked food each week for a number of local agencies, like Larkin Street Youth Services. Yup, that’s generous.
If your business has prepared or perishable items you would otherwise throw away, give Food Runners a call and they will pick up your items for free. For guidelines on how to donate, go here. 415-929-1866.