13 Mar

The world is finally catching up to what we knew all along about food waste

bagsInvanThanks to our friend, Susan L. Miller, I just head about this study and report on how the US can solve its multibillion food waste problem. 

As you probably know, Respecting Our Elders has made a big dent in the food waste problem here in Marin by picking up and directly distributing perfectly good and edible food that stores like Whole Foods and Safeway donate to us every day of the week.

Donations to food rescue organizations like ours is only one aspect that is covered in this report and more education across the country is needed. Do keep an eye out for our book showing other communities how to set up and run an all-volunteer food rescue organization like ours with minimal capital and time.

 

23 Dec

Respecting Our Elders Van News and More!

To the extraordinary Respecting Our Elders community,

Debra Price Van CleaveAs a board member and volunteer, I am so grateful and proud to be part of our ROE community.

Just before Thanksgiving, I put out an urgent call asking for your immediate financial support to get the van back on the road and cover the cost of renting an interim van–then again, to build up the Sustainability Fund to allow Respecting Our Elders to continue its essential operations.

Well, I am thrilled to report less than one month later that together we did it!

Today, the van is on the road again!

Yes, we are quite the amazing community!

Responsive, generous, resourceful, caring, committed to making a difference…I could go on and on.

Kudos to us!

Here are the detailed results of our recent fundraising campaign:

Not only did we, as a community, provide the $6000 funding needed to get the van back on the road again and rent an interim van, we also raised an additional $8746 towards our $10,000 Sustainability Fund goal! As you probably know, this fund was created to provide enough money in the coffers and coming in each month to enable this amazing nonprofit to continue its vital mission of distributing food throughout the county to help feed approximately 1500 people every week, 52 weeks a year.

We are almost at 100% of our goal!

For eight years, Ruth and Curt have been dipping into their own pockets every single month to cover whatever was necessary above and beyond the donations received to keep the program going and the van on the road. They can no longer do this.

All we need is $1300 more and the expenses for the next 12 months will be covered!!

TWO actions you can take to join me in having Respecting Our Elders be 100% sustainable:

donatenow1. Make a donation right now by clicking on this button. 

It can be a one-time donation or you can join the Respecting Our Elders Financial Family with a monthly donation. For example, $35 every month is just pennies over $1 a day—less than you would spend for that coffee drink at Peet’s or Starbucks. If just three of us did that, we would be within pennies of our goal.

If you are already a member of the Respecting Our Elders Financial Family, thank you so much for your ongoing support, and please consider increasing your monthly donation, as I have, if you haven’t already done so.
donatenow2. Spread the word among the people you know by sharing this article anywhere you can (see the share buttons below), along with your invitation to join you as a Respecting Our Elders donor. Just have them click on that button!

On behalf of Ruth and Curt and the Board of Respecting Our Elders, I thank you for your partnership and generous support.

Warmest wishes to you and yours for a joyful holiday and a stellar 2014,

DebraSigRed

 

 

Debra Price Van Cleave
Board Member and Volunteer
Respecting Our Elders

04 Dec

A Message from Board Member,
Debra Price Van Cleave

Debra Price Van CleaveTo my community, friends of Ruth and Curt and all those who have benefited from the Respecting Our Elders food program,

Congratulations, we did it!!

Together, in community, we stepped up, we dug deep and we provided the funds to get the van back on the road again—in just one week! Over $5000! How extraordinary!! What a Thanksgiving week!

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!…

To all of you who answered the urgent call for your immediate and generous support, YOU made a difference.

HolidayGraphicFromInviteAs you may know, the annual Respecting Our Elders Gratitude and Fundraising Party is coming up this Sunday, December 8th, from 2:00-5:00 at Avant Garde in San Rafael. Click here for details.

You may be wondering…

Why are they doing this? Wasn’t this past week’s fundraising sufficient and intended to replace the annual fundraiser? Didn’t they already reach their financial goal?

Or, you may be thinking…

“I already did my part. Why should I go? I’m not going to contribute anymore anyway!”

I’ve had all those thoughts so I figure maybe you’re having them, too. Here’s why I’m going and why I’m going to contribute and why I want you to take a look and join me on Sunday:

Besides all the time and effort to run the Respecting Our Elders food program for the past eight years, Ruth and Curt have also been financially supporting it—every month out of their own pockets—whatever was necessary above and beyond the donations received to keep the charity going to make the lives of hundreds of recipients better. Yes, every month!

They are no longer in a position to continue doing this, nor am I willing to allow them to do so. As a board member, as a grateful recipient over the years, and as a conscious caring human being, I am committed to do what I can to have this nonprofit continue its essential operations in the community and be sustainable.

If you are one of the approximately 1500 recipients or know someone who depends on the food from Respecting Our Elders to make ends meet each week, you may also want to do what you can to keep this charity going.

THREE actions you can take to join me in having Respecting Our Elders be sustainable:

1. Spread the word among the people you know by sharing this blog article with your friends, along with your invitation to join you at the event on Sunday (if you and they are in the Bay Area) and/or for them to go ahead and make a generous donation right now.

2. If you are here in the San Francisco Bay Area, come to the event on Sunday to hear more about Respecting Our Elders and look to see how you want to support this all-volunteer organization. Here’s the link again for more details.

3. Make a donation right now.

donatenow It can be a one-time donation or you can join the Respecting Our Elders Financial Family with a monthly donation. For example, $35 every month is just pennies over $1 a day—less than you would spend for that coffee drink at Peet’s or Starbucks.

On behalf of Ruth and Curt and the Board of Respecting Our Elders, I thank you in advance for your generous understanding and support at this critical time.

Warmest wishes to you and yours for a joyful holiday season,

DebraSigRed

 

 

Debra Price Van Cleave
Board Member and Volunteer
Respecting Our Elders

P.S. If you have supported Respecting Our Elders in the past, we so appreciate everything you have done, especially if you helped fund the van engine repair! AND, at this time we are asking you to step up and dig deep to make the biggest donation you can.

donatenow

Let’s have this amazing organization be fully self-sufficient and sustainable and no longer a burden to the founders, our friends Ruth and Curt.

25 Nov

We really need your help right now

2011KiaSedonaIf there was ever a time to support our beloved Respecting Our Elders food program, this is it.

Our van is down and we are raising funds to cover the cost of a new (used) engine, installing the engine and getting the van on the road as quickly as possible. We also need funds to cover the UHaul van we are renting and to continue essential operations.

This is a special and urgent request for your immediate action and support.

As you may know, the 2011 Kia van is used seven days a week to distribute food to the severely underserved low-income elderly and others in Marin County. After two years and 160,000 miles, the engine gave way.

To get the van going again, we need to raise $5000 over and above our usual expenses. This will cover the cost of a (used) engine, other miscellaneous parts and labor.

You may be one of the approximately 1500 recipients or chances are you know someone who depends on the food from Respecting Our Elders to make ends meet each week.

If ROE means something to you, then please make a 100% tax-deductible donation today http://bit.ly/roe-van-fund. And, because of the unexpected situation, we’re asking you to make a one-time donation now even greater than you might normally make.

As the fates would have it, Thanksgiving is this week, officially opening up the Season of Giving. All of us who are so thankful for Respecting Our Elders have an opportunity to make it a way better Thanksgiving for this all-volunteer organization.

TWO actions you can take NOW to support Respecting Our Elders:

1. Make a generous donation now. CLICK HERE: donatenow

 

 

 

2. Join the fundraising campaign and raise money from people in your life. (Contact Debra Price Van Cleave, Respecting Our Elders board member.)

On behalf of myself and my husband, Curt Kinkead and the rest of the Board of Respecting Our Elders, I thank you in advance for your generous understanding and support at this urgent time.

Warmest wishes to you and yours for a joyful holiday season.

Ruth

 

13 Nov

It is such a pleasure to bring food to Bolinas

Bolinas Food Share

When Curt and I arrived in Bolinas one day to give away a vanload of food to the people there, we were delighted to get this cartoon strip that StuArt, a very talented artist, did about the program we do with the folks out there. It really tells the story of how this particular food giveaway goes, and how people get together to share this bounty provided by Whole Foods, Paradise Foods and Star Route Farms, which is based in Bolinas.

 

16 Oct

Filling People Up

One of our guiding principles is to fill up our volunteers, who are selected from our recipients, so that they can in turn, take are of others.

I had a great conversation with one of our newer volunteers who has taken on one of our late night pickups at Whole Foods Novato and created her very own mini food program, taking care of her neighbors and others she knows re in need, including three families referred to her by a social worker.

This volunteer commented the other day about how we have given her a new purpose in life, and how gratifying it is to be able to take care of others in such a generous way, even though she is on a limited income herself.

Did my heart good to listen to her effusive comments, and confirmed all over again why we do what we do here at Respecting Our Elders.

30 Nov

For those of you who would like to see a program like Respecting Our Elders in your community . . .

We are putting the finishing touches on a handbook that will walk you through, step by step, to do exactly that. We are also planning on setting up a message board for those folks who have questions after they read the handbook. The book will be available on Amazon as a print publication, as well as in a Kindle edition. We hope to have both editions available no later than the middle of December.

We have been looking all over the country for a program such as ours, that has minimal overhead and gets food from the donor stores to the recipients within a half hour of pickup. Many people have asked us to help them set up a program in their area. This handbook is the first step in doing that, and a separate website with a message board will be the second.

If you want to make sure you are notified as soon as the book comes out, please sign up on our mailing list, and select the third box on the list. You can select any of the others as well, depending on your interests.

Curt and I are excited to be moving in this direction. BTW, 10 percent of every book or Kindle edition sale will go directly to Respecting Our Elders.

30 Nov

We are honored to be featured in the December 12th issue of Woman’s World magazine.

You can find this fun, positive-oriented publication at your supermarket by the checkout counters, any time between tomorrow, December 1st and December 7th. I understand that Paula Deen is featured on the cover. If you want to know more about how this article came about, go to this October blog entry. Please pass this on to anyone you know who is interested in the kind of food program we do, delivering directly to lower income seniors from stores donating food instead of throwing it out.

Also, if you want to keep up with what we are up to, please sign up for our mailing list (top of right sidebar). Thanks!

04 Oct

Just got interviewed by a national magazine!

Woman’s World, a weekly magazine sold primarily in supermarkets, with over one million readers in the U.S. and Canada, is doing a story about Curt and I and Respecting Our Elders. The article will be in the December 12th issue, which will be on the stands December 1st. They heard about us because they saw the article that was published on dailygood.org recently. Very exciting!

27 Mar

Palace Market in Pt. Reyes now a food donor

We are very excited to announce that Palace Market in Pt. Reyes Station has agreed to donate their “spoils” to Respecting Our Elders. This daily donation will help us take care of the seniors at Walnut Place in Pt. Reyes, as well as provide additional food for the West Marin Resources Center, helping them serve the local residents who come to them for help.