FOOD THAT NOURISHES COMMUNITIES
Starting as an unfunded, grassroots effort by local residents, White Pony Express has developed into one of the largest Food Rescue programs in California.
To date we have delivered over 18 million pounds of nutritious, fresh food that would otherwise have gone to waste. That's the equivalent of 15 million meals for our community.
Pounds of fresh food delivered
Meals created in Contra Costa
people we serve
“The tradition of sharing with a neighbor
in need dates back to the start of civilization and is
deeply embedded in our DNA. But the complexities of
modern life have blocked our instinctive desire to help.
WPE makes sharing possible again.”
Urban Farmers, East Bay
Siamack Sioshansi, Co-Founder
Fresh Food for All
WPE’s mission is to help end hunger and poverty in Contra Costa County by delivering the abundance all around us to those in need – with love. Operating 7 days a week, 364 days per year, our Food Rescue Program rescues an average of 15,000+ pounds of high-quality, largely perishable, surplus fresh food every day from local grocers, retailers, farmers markets, restaurants, and wholesalers. It is then sorted and delivered by our team of volunteers and staff in refrigerated vehicles the same day to dozens of organizations serving those in need.
Food Rescue for Free
There is never any charge or fee to anyone receiving the fresh food we deliver.
If you're interested in learning more about becoming a WPE food rescue recipient organization, email WPE's Food Rescue Director.
Neighbors Helping Neighbors
Through this new program, we are initiating an entirely new collection and distribution system for smaller, more frequent donations that we have historically been unable to pick up due to our capacity limitations. Using an innovative app (think Uber for food rescue), food donors can signal when they have excess food and a "food runner" volunteer will pick up and deliver it directly to a matching food recipient organization.