June 2, 2020 - Virtual – United Nations (UNITAR)
Nourishing Minds in the United States: Delivering the Abundance to Those in Need, with Love
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Berkeley students are providing an impact assessment of a new school pantry program that aims to transform the lives of single mothers and families and serve as a template for relieving hunger in the United States through White Pony Express (WPE), designated by the State of California as one of its Non-profits of the Year 2018.
WPE has a goal of “helping to eliminate hunger and poverty by delivering the abundance all around us to those in need – with love.” In just six years, its “circle of giving” model has delivered over 10M pounds of nutritious, fresh food that would otherwise have gone to waste. WPE continues to be on the frontier of the “surplus” industry, changing the way people think about waste, and addressing poverty in innovative, replicable ways.
There is groundbreaking new CA legislation in process, advancing this theme of unity, creating legal requirements for the WPE mission “all of us taking care of all of us” to come to life. SB 1383 – reducing the amount of food going into landfills – emphasizes the diversion of edible food to those who need it. California is the first state to pass such a law. County agencies and major medical institutions in Contra Costa County (San Francisco Bay Area) have approached WPE to help implement these progressive regulations, and are looking to them to help forge the template.
Deliverables and Impact
As WPE expands, a key strategic goal for 2019-2020 is to develop better metrics to measure its impact, both quantitatively and qualitatively. WPE invites Goldman School students to carry out an impact study for their new School Pantry program, which particularly supports local mothers and their families. WPE needs a study of impact to scale and share its groundbreaking model, and to pivot strategy if appropriate.
The University of California, Berkeley’s team’s research will help refine WPE’s programs to serve thousands of more people in need with efficiency and heart, enabling a sustainable, replicable model to create systemic change. Deliverables of this study will include a written report for WPE on the results of the impact study that will be published by the United Nations (UNITAR) and an oral presentation in the spring to WPE featuring project results and recommendations.
Guest speakers at this virtual presentation will include experts in food security and poverty alleviation from the United Nations and other multi-lateral organizations.