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  • Join White Pony Express in Meeting a $300,000 Match for its COVID-19 Care Campaign!

    May 22, 2020

    Date: May 21, 2020

    Contact: Steve Spraitzar
    Join White Pony Express in Meeting a $300,000 Match for its COVID-19 Care Campaign!
    White Pony Express (WPE) is pleased to announce the launch of its “COVID-19 Care Campaign,” in which all donations through June 30 will be matched by five “Angel Donors” up to $300,000. Luis Gerardo Del Valle Torres, the Gemmer Family Foundation, Brad and Lynn Smith, the Coit Family Foundation, and the Heart’s Path Foundation, have collectively pledged a total of $300,000 in matching funds for all donations and pledges made to WPE in the next 60 days.
    White Pony Express operates a Food Rescue Program that picks up an average of 13,000 lbs. of high-quality surplus food every day from supermarkets and food distributors and delivers it—free of charge—to 70+ nonprofit agencies and low-income schools throughout the county. WPE also runs a General Store that distributes high-quality clothing, toys, and books free to the underserved.
    The demand for WPE’s rescued food has skyrocketed since the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, putting a substantial strain on its financial resources and its volunteer base. The effects of COVID-19 have especially affected seniors, the homeless population, students, and isolated neighbors in need— the very populations that WPE serves. WPE has just added 7 senior centers to its recipient list, and 30 organizations are on the wait list hoping to receive food. However, resources are limited. Continuing to serve our school pantries at alternate locations and adding new recipients requires fuel, qualified staff drivers, refrigerated space, GPS units, pallet equipment, increased fuel costs, and related expenses.
    For those who can make a financial gift to WPE between now and June 30th, the donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar. If the spring goal is met, $600,000 of WPE’s estimated $2.3 million budget will be available now—when it is especially needed to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.
    If you are interested in making a contribution to help WPE meet its goal, please send your contribution to White Pony Express at 3380 Vincent Road, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523, or donate online at https://www.whiteponyexpress.org/donate-funds.
    About WPE: WPE is a volunteer-powered 501(c)(3) organization headquartered in Pleasant Hill, CA, which helps people move from the margins to the mainstream by providing free food and clothing in a loving and respectful manner.
    Dr. Carol Weyland Conner founded WPE in September 2013. She was troubled that in an area with such an abundance of food, many thousands were going hungry, while at the same time food retailers were throwing out huge quantities of healthy, fresh food. Through her inspiration and insight, the Food Rescue program was born. In just over 6 years, WPE has rescued and delivered more than 11 million pounds of fresh, nutritious food, which would otherwise go to waste.
    In 2014, the White Pony General Store was added to provide high quality clothing, toys, and books to the underserved in our communities—all free of charge. Since that time, the General Store has given away over 512,000 items to those in need.
    WPE’s AWARDS AND HONORS: This past January, Dr. Conner was awarded AARP California’s “Andrus Award” for her extraordinary leadership in bringing aid to survivors of the Butte County Camp Fire, the worst fire in California’s history. Over many months, she arranged for 182 volunteers to make 91 trips to the Butte County area, each trip taking about eight hours. Volunteers sought out survivors in remote places and gave those displaced community members 58,000 pounds of food, 1,800 articles of clothing, and thousands of dollars in cash to buy needed supplies and gas.
    Dr. Conner was also chosen as a Local Hero by the Contra Costa Times, named a “Visionary” in the Diablo Magazine Threads of Hope issue, and received the Jefferson Award from KPIX Television.
    In 2018, WPE was chosen by State Senator Steve Glazer as the 2018 California Non-Profit of the Year for his district.
    For more information on WPE, visit www.whiteponyexpress.org.
    To view recent press coverage, please visit: https://www.whiteponyexpress.org/press-news.
    For photos, please see our 2020 Media Kit: 2020 Electronic Press Kit.