The 40th annual San Francisco Marathon took place on July 23. It has become a huge event in the city, as more than 27,000 runners took part in the race, while thousands more cheered on from the sidelines. At the end of the race, water, sports drinks, energy bars, bagels, and bananas are provided to help the runners refuel after their 26.2-mile run.
What many people don't realize is how much of the food and beverages go to waste at road races all across the country. While most of the food was put to good use to replenish the exhausted runners, much of it was left untouched. Gentle Giant's movers, however, made sure that thousands of pounds of food weren't going to waste.
After the race, Gentle Giant's crew rounded up the remaining food and beverages and delivered them to the San Francisco Marin Food Bank.
Gentle Giant's food waste warriors have been busy this year. Last month, the Brooklyn branch saved nearly six tons of food/drinks from the NYC Triathlon. In June, Gentle Giant’s team Seattle rescued 27,000 pounds of food and beverages from the Rock ‘N’ Roll Seattle Marathon, Half-Marathon, and 5K. In March, Gentle Giant’s crew in Washington, D.C. recovered nearly 21,000 pounds of food/beverages from the Rock ‘n’ Roll D.C. Marathon, 1/2 Marathon, and 5K and delivered it to the Capital Area Food Bank.
Since 2016, Gentle Giant Moving Company’s branches have rescued more than 100,000 pounds of food/drinks from races all across the country.
The Gentle Giant team is doing an amazing job, but with 42 million Americans facing hunger each day, we need more help! Contact Emily today to inquire about race picks ups in your area, or email Kara to discuss other food rescue opportunities in your community.