There are over 800 million undernourished people in the world today. Hunger and malnutrition are in fact the number one risk to health worldwide. Yet there is enough food in the world to feed everyone. In San Francisco, California, 1 out of 4 people go hungry at some point during the month. There are also more than 4,000 restaurants in the city that throw away excess food. Mary Risley, founder of Tante Marie's Cooking School, decided to do something to prevent that. In 1987, together with a small group of women, she started a grassroots initiative called Food Runners to help alleviate hunger, prevent food waste, and create community. San Franciscans connecting with other San Franciscans.


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  • Lynn

    Oz Harvest in Australia....went from feeding a city to feeding a nation....very proud to be part of their Yellow Army :-)

  • Lynette

    I can't watch 'Just Eat It' in the UK - can the format/license/permissions be changed so that its available here?

  • Jeanne

    This should be the norm, not the extraordinary. I appreciate so much what Food Runners do. I wonder how "extra" food can reach beyond the obvious, in shelters. Lots of other people are hungry.

  • Kristin Pedemonti

    so simple and so powerful And so needed. This is what we should do. It is so sad to me that there are laws in many places against this.... edible food should never ever go into a landfill! good job Food Runners!

  • Aimee

    I love seeing initiatives that are win win. Allowing restaurants to donate food without liability so that others might eat is beautiful. Mary's spot on about having enough food in this country so that no one goes hungry; it's just a matter of reallocation. Love it!!!

  • Deb

    So glad to see this video. We do a food gleaning after each Friday Farmers Market - it's a partnership between my church and the local food pantry in NJ. We are so blessed by the generosity of the Market merchants!

  • paashi

    Use and consume food mindfully and share beyond the immediate family, friends and relatives.

  • Tim Kuntz

    A simple concept, with real bottom line effect, way to go Food Runners....

  • deborah

    Wasrete in an issue in many other forms and is contributing to a horror show of resource abuse. Why? Unless we address cause, we are only the short term angle. Cause goes into the heart of hierarchical constructs and capitalism. Creating systems that utilize others to support the few on top. The commodification of money driven by an unsustainable fractional reserve/debt process that forces growth "to make investors happy," has led to this current madness. Subsidies of foods that go into processed faux foods helps maintain the ideology of more and we are back to waste. I am glad people are helping each other, contributing because that is the a way we all shine. Our species has potential outside of the basic archaiac story we have been trained to accept, even as it is leading to disease throughout systems, organisms etc. is part of a new narrative. A new connect it all, relationship thinking applied to wider visions will change our story. It is time, we have the we need the belief!

  • Anita F Crumsey

    Such a beautiful act of kindness. The sweet side of humanity. I feel inspired and challenged to do something to make a difference in the lives of others.

  • Otis

    Melanie: This is wonderful as well! To which organization in NZ do you belong? Could you share their website link and/or story?

  • Otis

    Steve: That is great! Is there a way for us to learn more about the services provided at the Christian Food Bank in St. Mary's, PA?

  • Melanie

    Wonderful inspiring story and so true that there is enough food for everyone. We waste so much and I am proud to be part of an organisation here in NZ which also collects food and distributes it to those in need. Great work!

  • steve zimmett

    I volunteer for the Christian Food Bank here in ST. Marys, Pa. We feed hundreds of people every week and they are grateful for our service

  • meetakshi

    symbiotic.... there really is enough, if only we could manage our resources just a lil bit better.... like they say theres enough for every mans need but not quite for every mans greed.... way to go!

  • Iris Curteis

    The compassionate thoughtfulness, the insight that we HAVE abundance, the will to act, to do, rather than to talk about making a change. Beautiful. With gratitude, Iris

  • Marylou Sanchez

    That's an Amazing idea, Yes is about Human beings caring for Human beings, Thank you very much

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  • Find out more about Food Runners, which serves over 4,000 meals in San Francisco every day.
  • Watch "Just Eat It" - a 75 minute documentary film about food waste (from farm to table) and food rescue.
  • This Thanksgiving, be mindful of the food you have and the food you waste. Consider sharing some food with someone who may not have enough to eat.

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