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Join White Pony Express in $250,000 Matching Fund Challenge by May 31!

May 07, 2018 11:06AM ● By Elena Hutslar

Join White Pony Express in $250,000 Matching Fund Challenge by May 31! 

As White Pony Express (WPE) meets its mission, support is needed more than ever. Its budget in 2018 is triple what it was in 2016—with more and more lives uplifted. Through our new School Pantry Program, we are doubling food distribution to 10,000 pounds a day over the next two years, reaching 12,000 to 15,000 of those suffering from hunger.

Luis Gerardo del Valle Torres and Heart’s Path Foundation have pledged $250,000 in matching funds for all financial donations, grants, and pledges received between April 1 and May 31, meaning WPE has the opportunity to raise $500,000 in the next two months. To help, please send contributions to White Pony Express at 1966 Tice Valley Blvd., #101, Walnut Creek, CA 94595, or online at


Carol Weyland Conner founded WPE in September 2013. Thousands go hungry while retailers throw 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.

Each day, WPE’s trucks go to supermarkets, restaurants, and farmers’ markets to pick up an average of 5,000 lb. of fresh produce, milk, and deli meats that would otherwise go to landfill. The food is taken to WPE’s distribution facility in Pleasant Hill, where it is sorted and distributed the same day, free of charge, to nonprofits that feed the hungry in Contra Costa County. WPE now has 50 regular food donors, 70+ nonprofit recipient partners, and 400+ volunteers.

WPE also has a free general store that distributes clothing, primarily through Mobile Boutique events. FGS has given away over 300,000 new and like new items of clothing and more than 100,000 children’s books, games, and toys in underserved parts of the county. For more information on WPE, visit

WPE’s AWARDS AND HONORS:  WPE has received many prestigious awards: The San Francisco Foundation’s John R. May Innovation Award; the East Bay Leadership Council’s Outstanding Collaborative Project Award; the Sustainable Contra Costa's Innovation in Food Systems Award; the Silver Spoon Award, by Diablo Valley Dietetic Association in honor of its work in supporting the health of those in need; and four awards from faith communities. The Contra Costa Times, a “visionary” in Diablo Magazine’s “Threads of Hope” issue, named Founder Dr. Conner a local hero, and she received the Jefferson Award from KPIX Television. The executive director was also asked to make a presentation at the Annual Conference for Ending Poverty, in Washington, D.C.