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Our Mission

To help eliminate hunger and poverty in Contra Costa County by delivering the abundance all around us to those in need.

The Need

In this county of tremendous abundance scores of thousands are going hungry and even more suffer from inadequate diets due to their poverty. At the same time, food retailers must throw out huge quantities of food for the lack of a system to provide it to those in need. Our founder wanted to use the problem of food waste to solve the problem of hunger.

“Many friends in Contra Costa County can’t afford to feed or clothe themselves properly. And nonprofit organizations and shelters here often don’t have enough resources to serve them. But we’ve found that many businesses would be pleased to donate their excess food and goods if someone could just pick it up and deliver it. That’s why we created the White Pony Express. We are the connecting link between those with surplus and those in need.”

– Founder, Dr. Carol Weyland Conner

Dr. Conner greeting a child

Our Programs

Food Rescue

Food Rescue crew and food

Our Food Rescue program rescues high-quality surplus food, delivering it directly (generally within 2 hours) to organizations serving those in need, seven days a week. There is no charge or fee of any kind to anyone in any of White Pony Express’ programs.

Free General Store

Father and daughter at Free General Store

Our Free General Store program (FGS) distributes new and like new clothing, toys & books to those in need. We bring our unique “Mobile Boutique” to impoverished neighborhoods. FGS also makes direct distributions several times a week to shelters and occupational training programs.

White Pony Inn

Hugs at the White Pony Inn

Our White Pony Inn (WPI) program is currently in pilot phase. WPI volunteers use professional skills, life experiences, and loving kindness to help those facing a variety of life’s challenges, including finding creative ways to deal with homelessness.


Harvesting apples

100+ food and goods donors

Delivering food

2M+ lbs of food donated and delivered

Food Rescue Team

400+ volunteers


50+ local nonprofit partners

140,000 clothes distributed

140,000 clothes distributed

60,000 friends in need served through our partners

60,000 friends in need served through our partners

40,000 toys and books distributed

40,000 toys and books distributed

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