WHITE PONY EXPRESS

All of us taking care of all of us

aka White Pony Express   |   Pleasant Hill, CA   |  www.whiteponyexpress.org

Mission

White Pony Express (WPE) is dedicated to helping eliminate hunger and poverty in local communities, by delivering the abundance all around us to those in need, for free. In its nearly six years WPE's Food Rescue program has delivered 12,600,000 lbs. of high-quality fresh food to 70+ nonprofits serving those suffering from hunger. The White Pony General Store (GS) has distributed 500,000 articles of new or like-new clothing, toys, and books through direct distribution and Pop-Up Boutiques, where WPE partners with orgs in impoverished neighborhoods set up a free store. All the clothes are clean, pressed, sized and set out on clothing racks or folded neatly on tables. With festive decorations, refreshments, these boutiques offer a day of joy and love for those who have been marginalized.

Ruling year info

2014

Executive Director

Eve Birge

Main address

3380 Vincent Road #107

Pleasant Hill, CA 94523 USA

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EIN

46-5220565

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

Recycling (C27)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In 2016, it was estimated that 1 in 8 Americans were food insecure, which is equivalent to 42 million Americans including 13 million children. Rescuing uneaten food that would ordinarily go to a landfill and then using it to feed the hungry would go a long way in reducing food insecurity in the U.S

Up of 50% of all food grown in the U.S. goes to waste. Waste occurs at various levels, ranging from the growing fields to the consumer. Food that is not sold by supermarkets or used by restaurants goes to landfills, where it has a dreadful effect on the environment. The rotting food creates methane gas, a greenhouse gas, which is over 20 times more toxic than carbon dioxide.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Food Rescue

The White Pony Express Food Rescue Program partners with grocery stores, farmers markets, school lunch providers and other food retailers to pick up and deliver high-quality surplus food to local 501(c)(3) organizations serving those in need in Contra Costa County. We operate 7 days a week, 364 days per year.

WPE’s Food Rescue Program currently partners with 70+ nonprofits to help feed friends in need throughout Contra Costa County.

Population(s) Served

The White Pony General Store (GS) has distributed 500,000 articles of new or like-new clothing, toys, and books through direct distribution and Pop-Up Boutiques, where WPE partners with orgs in impoverished neighborhoods set up a free store. All the clothes are clean, pressed, sized and set out on clothing racks or folded neatly on tables. With festive decorations, refreshments

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

Nonprofit of the Year 2018

CA Senate District 7

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of accolades/recognition received from third-party organizations

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

Food Rescue

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2018 we were named one of California's nonprofit's of the year by CA Steve Glazer.

Total pounds of food rescued

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

Food Rescue

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

As of April 2019, over a 5.5 year period, White Pony Express had rescued 8.4 million pounds of nutritious, fresh food and distributed it through 60+ recipient agencies.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Carol Weyland Conner, PhD, spiritual director of Sufism Reoriented, founded WPE in September 2013 when she was troubled that in a county of such abundance, scores of thousands were going hungry, while at the same time food retailers were throwing out huge quantities of healthy, fresh food. Her idea was to create a Food Rescue Program, where this good surplus food could be picked up directly from food retailers and delivered to local service organizations, who serve those in need.

Each day, WPE's trucks are sent to supermarkets, restaurants, and farmers markets to pick up 5,000 lb. of fresh produce, milk, and deli meats that would otherwise go to the landfill. The food is then distributed free of charge the same day to nonprofits who feed the hungry in Contra Costa County.

Since its beginning in 2013, WPE has rescued more than 6 million pounds of surplus food products to those in need in Contra Costa County. Without WPE's rescue efforts, this food would be sent to the dump, creating greenhouse gases.

In addition to the Food Rescue Program, WPE also has a Free General Store (FGS), which distributes surplus new and like-new clothing, primarily through innovative and joyful events called Mobile Boutiques. To date, the FGS has given away more than 300,000 items of clothing and more than 100,000 children's books, games, and toys in underserved parts of the county.

We always need dedicated volunteers to help WPE further its important work of eliminating hunger and poverty in the county.

Carol Weyland Conner, PhD, spiritual director of Sufism Reoriented, founded WPE in September 2013 when she was troubled that in a county of such abundance, scores of thousands were going hungry, while at the same time food retailers were throwing out huge quantities of healthy, fresh food. Her idea was to create a Food Rescue Program, where this good surplus food could be picked up directly from food retailers and delivered to local service organizations, who serve those in need.

Each day, WPE's trucks are sent to supermarkets, restaurants, and farmers markets to pick up 5,000 lb. of fresh produce, milk, and deli meats that would otherwise go to the landfill. The food is then distributed free of charge the same day to nonprofits who feed the hungry in Contra Costa County.

Since its beginning in 2013, WPE has rescued more than 6 million pounds of surplus food products to those in need in Contra Costa County. Without WPE's rescue efforts, this food would be sent to the dump, creating greenhouse gases.

In addition to the Food Rescue Program, WPE also has a Free General Store (FGS), which distributes surplus new and like-new clothing, primarily through innovative and joyful events called Mobile Boutiques. To date, the FGS has given away more than 300,000 items of clothing and more than 100,000 children's books, games, and toys in underserved parts of the county.

We always need dedicated volunteers to help WPE further its important work of eliminating hunger and poverty in the county.

In less than 5 years, WPE has:
• Gone from zero to having rescued and delivered 6,000,000 lbs. of food—enough food to provide 5,000,000 meals, the hungry would have gone without
• Acquired a fleet of nine refrigerated and unrefrigerated vehicles
• Held 34 Mobile Boutique events, distributing 175,000+ clothing items and 50,000+ toys and books
• Built a base of 400+ community volunteers
• Partnered with 100+ food, toy, and clothing donors
• Partnered with 60+ nonprofits, through whom we serve 60,000 neighbors in need
• Gone from no space to having 5-year leases for warehouses aggregating 9,000 sq. ft.

In less than 5 years, WPE has:
• Gone from zero to having rescued and delivered 6,000,000 lbs. of food—enough food to provide 5,000,000 meals, the hungry would have gone without
• Acquired a fleet of nine refrigerated and unrefrigerated vehicles
• Held 34 Mobile Boutique events, distributing 175,000+ clothing items and 50,000+ toys and books
• Built a base of 400+ community volunteers
• Partnered with 100+ food, toy, and clothing donors
• Partnered with 60+ nonprofits, through whom we serve 60,000 neighbors in need
• Gone from no space to having 5-year leases for warehouses aggregating 9,000 sq. ft.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Case management notes,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our community partners,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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WHITE PONY EXPRESS

Board of directors
as of 9/9/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Robert Carpenter

(Retired) President and CEO of Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE)

Isa Campbell

Cindy Gershen

MDUSD

Lorraine Granit

Brad Smith

RCI-Properties

James May

Gwendolyn Hamilton, M.D.

Ron Brown

(Retired) Save Mount Diablo

Robert Carpenter

(Retired) Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation

Brant Watson

Heffernan Group

Gary Conner

Brad Smith

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes