White Pony Express Starts Delivering Fresh Groceries Each Week to the Students of Marsh Elementary i
Date: November 13, 2019
Contact: Steve Spraitzar
White Pony Express Starts Delivering Fresh Groceries Each Week to the Students of Marsh Elementary in Antioch and Their Families
White Pony Express (WPE), a nonprofit based in Pleasant Hill, CA, is pleased
to announce that as part of its School Pantry Program, it has commenced
delivering milk, meat, fresh fruits, and vegetables to the students of Marsh
Elementary in Antioch and their families. This is WPE’s 10th school pantry,
and the first of six school pantries to be opened under a $286,000 grant from
CalRecyle, a California State agency that promotes waste reduction and
Twice each week WPE will bring an average of about 1,000 lb. of fresh surplus
food to Marsh Elementary, which is the third school pantry that WPE has set
up in the Antioch School District. This is nutritious food that would have
otherwise been sent to local landfills. About 60-70 families (about 280
people) will benefit from each delivery to Marsh.
Over 40%, or 100,000 students in Contra Costa County, qualify for the free
lunch program. The goal of the School Pantry Program is to increase students’
academic and overall success and to help eliminate hunger so that all can
contribute more fully to the communities in which they live.
Helen Jones, WPE’s Food Rescue Operations Manager, said, “In all the school
pantries I have been involved with, this school has shown one of the greatest
needs. The families we serve through this program have demanding
challenges throughout the month. Many of the participants receive food
stamps which only cover a portion of a month’s worth of food. The food that
WPE provides to the schools we serve not only provides nutrition--it provides
In a subsequent visit to the school, Helen was told by Principal Blair Wilkins
that student attendance has improved since the WPE pantry started.
Other WPE school pantries include Lincoln Elementary (Richmond), CORE
(Richmond), Boys & Girls Clubs (Martinez), EM Downer Elementary (San
Pablo), Verde Elementary (Richmond), Riverview Middle School (Bay Point),
Ford Elementary (Richmond), Fremont Elementary (Antioch), and Antioch
Middle School (Antioch). With the recent addition of the Marsh Elementary
pantry, WPE’s school pantry deliveries will exceed 415,000 meals of quality,
nutritious food in 2019.
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
Dr. Carol Weyland Conner, the spiritual director of Sufism Reoriented,
founded WPE in September 2013 when she was troubled that with such as 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. Out of this insight, the Food Rescue program was born. In a little over 6
years, WPE has rescued and delivered almost 9,800,000 pounds (equivalent to
over 8,100,000 meals) of fresh, nutritious food, free of charge, that would
otherwise go to waste.
In 2014 the White Pony General Store (WPGS) was added to provide high
quality clothing, toys, and books to the underserved in our communities--all
free of charge.
For more on WPE, visit www.whiteponyexpress.org.
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