About Daily Bowl
At Daily Bowl, our mission is simple: Preventing Food Waste. Feeding People.
We recover surplus edible food that would otherwise go to waste and deliver it to local agencies to feed needy families and individuals.
Food waste is a very serious visible problem, whereas hunger is a very serious but invisible problem. Nearly 40% of all edible and nutritious food is deemed surplus and tossed away. And nearly 30% of local community residents face food insecurity, with limited access to fresh, nutritious food.
Daily Bowl works with businesses such as farmers’ markets, restaurant distributors and wholesalers, institutional kitchens, restaurants, and hospitals to glean their surplus and quickly deliver it to a network of food pantries, social service agencies, soup kitchens, and places of worship to help food insecure community members.
Paddy Iyer is the executive director of Daily Bowl, a Southern Alameda County-based food recovery non-profit organization. Paddy has been instrumental in growing Daily Bowl into a recognized food recovery organization, forging relationships between donors and receiving agencies alike. Food waste is an issue that Paddy is passionate about, and as such, he lives every day to Daily Bowl’s exit strategy of “If there is no Food Waste, there should be no Daily Bowl.” But till then, it’s his mission to help reduce food waste, connecting with agencies feeding the hungry, completing the circle.
Chitra Chandrasekaran is Daily Bowl’s manager of operations. As an operations manager, her primary responsibilities include managing food rescue and distribution logistics, volunteer training and management, record keeping and reporting. With over 15 years+ cross sectoral management experience in banking, travel, education and non-profit organizations, she is a multiskilled generalist. In addition to her wealth of experience, Chitra brings her unbounded energy and positive attitude to her work at Daily Bowl. Chitra lives in Fremont with her husband and two teenage boys. She has a Bachelor’s in Accounting and a “Ph.D” in negotiating with teenagers. In her free time, Chitra likes to read, hike and binge watch Netflix shows.
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