Mary stands a trim and fit 5'plus a wee bit tall depending on which running shoes she's wearing that day. Weighing little more than a teenage girl, her shoulders could easily fit through through the doorway to a child's playhouse. Strawberry bangs swing past her dancing hazel eyes which crinkle endearingly when she smiles her infectious smile. Don't be fooled by Mary's pixie like presence. Mary is a powerhouse. In the food business since the age of 15, Mary knows a thing or two about how much food goes to waste on a regular basis. It drove her crazy until one day...
"I was on my morning run outside the Mission district and noticed someone carrying trays and pans of various sizes into a building from a truck labeled "Food Runners"; obviously a donation. I walked inside my house, flipped open my laptop and looked up "Food Runners." The rest, as they say, is history."
History indeed. Mary signed on as a Food Runners volunteer that day. Within a week or two of doing her first food run, Mary and her partner Jonathan volunteered for a regular gig at the Castro Street Farmers Market. Every Wednesday evening, as the sun sets over Twin Peaks, Mary and Jonathan gather generous donations of farm fresh produce from the market's vendors. Summer and early fall are particularly bountiful often filling Mary's car to the bursting point. Mary and Jonathan deliver the treasure to the very appreciative Father Alfred Center in SOMA. In addition, until this week, when a new job changed Mary's schedule, Mary ran food on Mondays from Rainbow Grocery to Clara House, a ladies shelter in the Western Addition. "I really LOVE that run," Mary lamented. "I'm so sorry to have to give it up."
Food Runners welcomes new donors Square Up and Craigslist both of whom are donating the surplus from their in-house meals on a weekly basis. What happens to the leftover food from your company's in-house meals? How about all the hot dogs and potato salad that won't get consumed at this year's company picnic? Call Food Runners, 415-929-1866. Help your company be green and community focused. Making a difference is so easy.