White Pony Express (WPE) was founded by Dr. Carol Weyland Conner in September 2013.
She was troubled by the fact that in a county of tremendous abundance, thousands of people go hungry each day and many more suffer from inadequate, unhealthy diets. And yet, at the same time, grocers, retailers, food manufacturers and restaurants often are discarding thousands of pounds of high-quality fresh food everyday due to artificially created “Sell By” dates, excess inventory, or simply because it doesn’t meet presentation standards for the average customer.
"In selfless service, the comfort of others is our convenience, their health our own healing, their happiness our delight. Giving one’s life for others, one gains more life for oneself. Sheltering others in one’s heart makes one inhabit theirs. An act of helpfulness, a word of comfort, the spontaneous warmth of selfless love, gives to others what they greatly need. Their natural thoughts of gratitude and goodwill that flow from this, the heightened surge of their spirit, and the increased flow of pure love released by a selfless act bring to the giver infinitely more than he can ever give. Then at last is unlocked the key to lasting happiness!"
- Dr. Carol WeylandConnor
Dr. Conner’s solution was to begin with a Food Rescue program, where surplus food is delivered to organizations that serve those in need. Originating as a program of the local faith-based group, Sufism Reoriented, WPE expanded rapidly. In March of 2014, we incorporated as an independent nonprofit public benefit 501(c)(3) corporation, and added the White Pony General Store Program, with the goal of uplifting lives through a broad-based community program.
With an $800 formation budget and zero assets, WPE’s growth was fueled by generosity. Dedicated volunteers gave time and equipment, a faith group provided space and utilities, local service organizations raised money for refrigerated vehicles, and numerous individuals donated everything from funds to internet access.
In 2021, White Pony Express proudly celebrated the major milestone of 17 million pounds of food rescued and delivered, and over 700,000 items of clothing, books, and shoes distributed since our founding.
White Pony Express rushes ahead in the vanguard to deliver the good news and spread the abundance of life that follows it. White Pony Express is built on the understanding that – in this beautiful world we share – love knows all, does all, and is the most powerful force in the universe.
Dr. Carol Weyland Conner
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Reaching the Milestone of Rescuing and Delivering Fifteen Million Pounds of Fresh Food