Dedicated to Alleviating Hunger and Reducing Food Waste.
In Malaysia, where I lived until age 14, my mother worked as a government social worker. I often tagged along with her when she made her case calls. Many of her clients were victims of unfortunate circumstances, such as fires, monsoon flooding, homelessness, drug abuse, domestic violence, child abuse, etc. Food was always connected somehow. Those who lost their homes in natural disasters always needed access to food. The poor lack money to buy food. The homeless beg for food. The drug abuser would choose drugs over food. Domestic violence related to the stress of the lack of money which intertwine somehow to supporting a family who needed food.
In 2007, while I was a student at Tante Marie’s Culinary School, I met Mary Risely, the founder of the school and of the San Francisco Food Runners. I was inspired by her story, and after graduating from Tante Marie’s, I began volunteering at SF Food Runners. It was amazing to meet people from all walks of life and to hear their stories. Volunteering reminded me to be grateful for what I have, but also showed me how many people live not knowing where their next meal will come from.
My childhood experience along with the years of volunteering with SF Food Runners inspired me to expand the Food Runner's model and good will to the Peninsula and South Bay area. However, geographically this area of coverage encompassed a greater distance. Shelters were often in obscured locations and far from food merchants. In 2011, Tod my husband, a computer engineer, customized a software called ChowMatch and based it on my observation of how food distribution could be more efficient for all parties while addressing food insecurities and food waste.
Hence, Peninsula Food Runners was formed and has been powered by the ChowMatch since 2013. Peninsula Food Runners mission is to relay good eatable food to those in need and it relies solely on the goodwill of its Volunteers. The success of Peninsula Food Runners impact can only be attributed to the dedication of those who believe that with one meal at a time, we can can make a difference in a people's lives.
Let there be food among us and let it begin with me !
“There is enough food for everyone. We just have to make sure it gets to those in need.”
— Maria Yap, FOUNDER
Since our inception, Peninsula Food Runners has delivered more than 1.5 million lbs of food to needy people. In any given week, we deliver an average of 30,000 pounds of food to recipient organizations. We have over 200 organizations that participate in donating food in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. And the important fact is that every recipient we service can expect food on a weekly basis.
Californians who face food insecurity
1.5 million Pounds
Have been recovered and 1.3 million meals have been reintroduced into our communities.
The amount of food wasted in the United States