March 9, 2016
Media Contacts: Paul Colardo, (415) 246-7090, [email protected]
Marv Zauderer, (415) 997-9830, [email protected]
SAN RAFAEL, CA – The documentary “Hungry in Paradise,” accessible free of charge on ExtraFood.org’s website, shows children, seniors, and families struggling with hunger in Marin – one of the U.S.’ wealthiest counties – and shows participants in ExtraFood.org’s county-wide food recovery program battling the problem.
More than 50,000 people do not have a secure food supply in Marin County, one of the country’s wealthiest counties. The new documentary “Hungry in Paradise,” created by Emmy award-winning producer Paul Colardo, gives voice to those facing hunger in Marin and highlights nonprofits, volunteers, and food donors who are battling it.
Says Colardo, “I’ve lived in Marin for over 30 years and had no idea how big the problem was. Once I started working on the film I realized that the problem of hunger in the county was largely hidden and I just didn’t see it.”
In the film, Colardo speaks with Marin residents facing hunger as well as people on the front lines working to help solve the problem. Colardo rides along with a volunteer from ExtraFood.org’s county-wide food recovery program as the volunteer picks up excess fresh food from a grocery store and immediately delivers it to a food program in West Marin. As a “food desert” – where residents lack sufficient access to healthy, fresh affordable food – West Marin is one of the focus areas for ExtraFood’s work.
Says Marv Zauderer, Founder and Chairman of ExtraFood.org, “In 27 months, we’ve picked up 485,000 pounds of food from 125+ organizations and delivered it to 67 nonprofit food program sites throughout the county. So many of the people we serve are indeed hidden: homebound seniors choosing between food and medication, children hiding their hunger when they come to school, working families whose income doesn’t last the month – or the week. We’re working with hundreds of people and organizations to keep extra food out of our landfills and get it to people who need it.”
The documentary is available on ExtraFood.org’s site: www.ExtraFood.org