Food Runners

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Press Release - Food Runners App

New Food Runners app now available on the Apple App Store and the Android Market

SAN FRANCISCO – April 20, 2015 – A new app lets San Francisco food businesses notify Food Runners about excess edible food, and helps volunteers keep up with the latest food runs in their area to deliver to agencies feeding the needy.  

"People use mobile phones to request transportation, order meals and book lodging,” says Food Runners founder Mary Risley. “We are always seeking new ways to let our community know it’s easy to donate excess food and relay meals to the hungry. These generous contributions help our network deliver 5,000 meals a day to neighborhood food programs.”

The San Francisco nonprofit organization delivers more than 17 tons a week of perishable and prepared food that would otherwise be thrown away. Recipients range from senior centers and homeless shelters to halfway houses and others in need. 

Food Runners regularly picks up excess inventory at businesses including restaurants, caterers, bakeries, hospitals and hotels. Some examples are Whole Foods, cafeteria leftovers at Twitter headquarters, and food overages at private and public events.
Volunteers generally give one hour a week to pick up and deliver food in their own vehicle. 

To schedule a pick-up of excess food or volunteer using the Food Runners app: