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Whistlestop Nourish Expands Home-Delivered Meal Solution To Reduce Food Insecurity Among Marin’s Chronically Ill Residents

Whistlestop Nourish Expands Home-Delivered Meal Solution To Reduce Food Insecurity Among Marin’s Chronically Ill ResidentsRibbon-Cutting Ceremony Scheduled for Tuesday, June 4 at 11:15 a.m. in San Rafael

Food Donations Provided Through Ongoing Partnership with ExtraFood.org 

Facility Expansion and New Freezers/Refrigerator Funded by Norman Raab Foundation

San Rafael, Calif. (May 29, 2019)Whistlestop, a San Rafael-based nonprofit that promotes independence, well-being and quality of life for older adults and people living with disabilities in Marin County, today announced the expansion of Whistlestop Nourish, a solution that delivers nutritious meals to people who suffer from chronic illness in Marin County. The Whistlestop Nourish expansion was made possible thanks to generous donations to upgrade and expand its food storage facility in San Rafael, California, and the continued growth of its partnership with ExtraFood, a county-wide nonprofit food recovery program committed to providing Whistlestop Nourish with fresh meals. With the expanded facility and food donations, Whistlestop Nourish will be able to nearly triple its current reach.

Whistlestop will celebrate the Nourish expansion with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the Whistlestop Nourish food storage facility in San Rafael.

Food Insecurity Among Chronically Ill in Marin County 

With one in five people in Marin County worrying about where their next meal will come from, Whistlestop Nourish has delivered thousands of meals to residents who suffer from chronic illness since the program’s inception in 2013. Nearly one in two Americans is living with one or more chronic conditions, which not only reduces quality of life, but can also significantly drive up cost of living due to the combination of increased medical expenses with decreased earning capacity. In Marin County there are more than 49,000 people whose income is below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level (less than $23,544 a year for an individual), a standard measure of food insecurity.

Whistlestop, which currently leads Marin County’s partially government-subsidized Meals on Wheels program, established Whistlestop Nourish as a supplemental meal delivery solution for people needing immediate and life-saving food assistance. Anyone living in Marin County with a chronic illness, of any age, in need of home-delivered nutrition qualifies for Whistlestop Nourish. Dedicated Whistlestop Nourish volunteers deliver 7 ready-made meals per week to those needing help getting the nourishment they need. During those home visits, deliverers also provide much-needed human interaction.

Whistlestop Nourish Expansion

Following a partnership with ExtraFood, Whistlestop Nourish tripled the number of clients served, but additional attempts to grow the program have been hindered by lack of space and inability to safely store larger quantities of food. With the recent addition of two industrial-size freezers and a refrigerator at its facility in downtown San Rafael, funded by the Norman Raab Foundation and other generous supporters, Whistlestop Nourish will now be able to safely store additional food and expand the number of people it helps by over 100.

“At Whistlestop we believe that food is healthcare and we strive to eliminate the poor health implications of food insecurity in Marin County,” said Joe O’Hehir, Whistlestop CEO. “Thanks to our collaborative partnership with ExtraFood and our generous donors, Whistlestop’s Nourish home-delivered meals solution will continue to grow.”

ExtraFood Partnership

The dietary needs of Whistlestop Nourish clients are a high priority for ExtraFood, which rescues excess fresh food meeting those needs from local organizations such as grocery stores, hospitals, and restaurants. Since 2014, ExtraFood has provided Whistlestop Nourish with all its nutritious, fresh meals.

“We know there are many homebound Marin residents who are living with chronic illness and are unable to cook for themselves. In partnership with Whistlestop, together we are able to reach some of the most vulnerable people in the county at home with high-quality, fresh, prepared food,” said Marv Zauderer, Founder and CEO of ExtraFood. “We are honored to work with Whistlestop towards the day when all in our community have the food they need.”

For more information on Whistlestop Nourish services, please call (415) 456-9062 x176.

MEDIA, PLEASE NOTE: For more information or to request an interview with a Whistlestop or ExtraFood representative, please contact Gus Nodal at gus.nodal@gmail.com or (415) 609-3438.

ABOUT WHISTLESTOP:

Founded in 1954 as Marin Senior Coordinating Council, Whistlestop promotes the independence, well-being and quality of life for older adults and people living with disabilities in Marin County. Whistlestop’s Active Aging Center provides delicious meals, educational classes, multicultural gatherings and helpful information and referral services. Whistlestop also provides special needs transportation services through Marin Access, a partnership of Whistlestop, Marin Transit and Golden Gate Transit, and operates Marin’s Meals on Wheels program, serving meals to over 250 homebound seniors each week in the Marin community. For more information about Whistlestop and its classes and services, visit www.whistlestop.org.

ABOUT EXTRAFOOD:

ExtraFood is the only organization that rescues excess fresh food from any Marin business or school and immediately delivers the food to nonprofits serving Marin’s most vulnerable seniors, children, and families – 365 days a year and free of charge. In 5 years, ExtraFood has rescued 2.9 million pounds of food from 225 organizations and delivered it to 121 sites across Marin, including 33 new food programs ExtraFood has started with its partners. ExtraFood reaches more than 8,000 people every month with healthy, fresh food. ExtraFood is ending hunger differently: leading a movement to change Marin’s food system from wasting food to donating it. For more information about ExtraFood, visit www.extrafood.org.

MEDIA, PLEASE NOTE: 

WHISTLESTOP NOURISH RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY

WHAT:

Whistlestop, a San Rafael-based nonprofit that promotes independence, well-being and quality of life for older adults and people living with disabilities in Marin County, will celebrate the Nourish expansion with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at its food storage facility in San Rafael. Whistlestop Nourish is a home-delivered food solution that delivers nutritious meals to people who suffer from chronic illness in Marin County. The Whistlestop Nourish expansion was made possible through its ongoing partnership with ExtraFood and funding from the Norman Raab Foundation.

WHERE:

Whistlestop Nourish

648 Lindaro Street

San Rafael, CA  94901

WHEN:

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

11:15 a.m.  – 12:15 p.m.

WHO:

Attendees include:

  • Joe O’Hehir, Whistlestop CEO
  • Marv Zauderer, ExtraFood CEO
  • Erika Vaughn, Whistlestop Nourish / Meals on Wheels Manager
  • Yvonne Roberts, Whistlestop Chief Donor Relations Officer
  • Kate Colin, City of San Rafael
  • Lorenzo Jones, San Rafael Chamber of Commerce
  • Representative from the Norman Raab Foundation

MEDIA CONTACT:

If interested in attending or to request an interview with a Whistlestop or ExtraFood representative, please contact Gus Nodal at gus.nodal@gmail.com or (415) 609-3438.

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