Dedicated to Alleviating Hunger and Reducing Food Waste.

Alamak! How can we throw all this food away-lah!

I can hear my mother say...

Our Beginning

Maria Yap, age 4

Maria Yap, age 4

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.  Geographically, this area is much larger than San Francisco, and shelters are often in obscured locations and far from food merchants. In 2011, my husband, Tod, created a custom software called ChowMatch to address the difficulties of food distribution in the South Bay.  

With the creation of Chow Match, I decided to launch Peninsula Food Runners in 2013.  Our mission is to relay delicious, healthy food to those in need, and we rely on the goodwill of our Volunteers and Donors.  The success of Peninsula Food Runners 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 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


Our Impact

Since our inception, Peninsula Food Runners has delivered more than 1.5 million pounds of food to needy people. In any given week, we deliver an average of 35,000 meals to recipient organizations.  We have over 300 organizations that participate in donating food in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, and we service over 100 recipient organizations.  Our recipients can expect food on a weekly basis.



5.4 Million

Californians who face food insecurity

2.5 million Pounds

Have been recovered annually which is equal to 2 million meals distributed into our communities. 



The amount of food wasted in the United States


Get Involved

If you know a company or organization that has excess food, please have them get in touch with us.  If you have a car and some spare time, please consider becoming a food runner. Sign up today!  Or, if you like what we do, but don't have spare time, make a financial contribution.