|Volunteer Judy E. at Piperade|
On Wednesdays, the pans of food for donation at 25 Lusk are so heavy that volunteer Wanda C. gets a workout carrying them up the kitchen stairs to her car parked in the back alley. The folks at the Washburn can't wait to dig in.
|Volunteer Sam H. on delivry from Kokkari|
The dog, or in the case of San Francisco, the "fog" days of summer are here. Are you hosting a barbecue or a picnic this month or know someone who is? Undoubtedly there will be leftovers. Don't throw them away! Call Food Runners at 415-929-1866. Getting food to your fellow San Franciscans in need is that easy. Food Runners can't wait to hear from you.
In an effort to further express Food Runners' total appreciation for all the restaurants participating in the Planned Overage program, here are additional highlights from the program.
Every Tuesday volunteer Tori R. pulls up to the mysterious barn-like back door of COCO500. She pokes her head in and hollers, "Food Runners!" Out comes a smiling kitchen staff member carrying a large foil tray, sometimes two. Off the tray(s) go to St. James' Infirmary where Tori loves delivering. "You just never know who's going to answer the door," Tori chuckles. "I meet some real only-in-San Francisco characters. They're always so appreciative. My Tuesday afternoons are a delight."
Parking in North Beach? You must be kidding. Fortunately, Rose Pistola has a white passneger zone right out front. "Picking up at Rose's is so easy," reports volunteer Jane L. "I just pull up, go in and the staff, who is always so nice, hands me a tray of spaghetti or some other kind of pasta with amazing sauce. It smells so good, I'm going to eat there in the near future. I can't resist and I love what they are doing for Food Runners!"
Entering Le Colonial from the kitchen stairs is like stepping into Oz from Kansas. From gray and non-descript to vivd color complete with tropical flowers and lush foliage. Every Tuesday afternoon, Chef Brian prepares a delicious Vietnamese style entree, usually accompanied by a full pan of rice, just for Food Runners. "We so loved our food run to Le Colonial," sighs long time volunteer Marcia T. "Now that we're moving to Southern California, some other lucky volunteer will get to enjoy going. We will miss Le Colonial a lot. Especially Brian and the wonderful staff who cares so much."
Caring. That's what Food Runners Planned Overage program is all about. Hats off and 1,000 thanks to the participating restaurants.