Food Runners

Monday, July 1, 2019

Food Runners Goes to the Grocery Store

by Mark and Fred Sherman, Volunteers
with Linda Murley, Food Runners Executive Director

Volunteer Fred arriving for pick up at  Mollie Stone's
Food Runners has many donation partners in San Francisco: restaurants, bakeries, caterers, tech cafeterias. Among our most generous donors are local grocery stores: Bi-Rite Market, Gus’s Community Market, Mollie Stone’s, Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. Whole Foods has been donating perishable food to Food Runners for 22 years.

Food Runners Volunteers, through their service to others, convey community to recipients. Recipients like Hamilton Recreation Center and All Saints' Episcopal Church in the Haight.

Food Runners deliveries at Hamilton Rec Center (L.) and All Saints' Episcopal Church (R.)
Food Runners father and son Volunteer team Fred and Mark Sherman shared their experience from a recent food run they did together picking up donations from Trader Joe’s and Mollie Stone’s.

“What struck me about both runs is that Food Runners has the fastest time to benefit of any charity that I know of,” said Mark. “What struck my Dad is how it generates appreciation x 2. Meaning that the volunteers are appreciative of the donors and the clients or recipients are appreciative of the volunteers. It’s great karma all way.

Father (Fred) and Son (Mark) picking up donations at Trader Joe's.
Some of last Saturday’s perishable and prepared food donations from Gus’sCommunity Market, Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s went to the weekly food pantry at the San Francisco Friends (Quaker) Meeting. The Friends estimate 150 individuals attend the SOMA pantry each week. The peppers, lettuce, mushrooms and strawberries made the pantry a kaleidoscope of color.

For some of us, San Francisco is a city of abundance. A city of tall buildings, million dollar homes and endless Uber rides. For those on the fringe of abundance, those struggling with housing, healthcare, childcare, Food Runners and our grocery store partners convey nutrition and community connection.