This week, the Global Gourmet Catering team volunteered with San Francisco Baykeeper and Candlestick Point State Recreation Area in celebration of Coastal Cleanup Day. Coastal Cleanup Day is the world’s largest volunteer day dedicated to protecting the environment. We spent our morning collecting waterfront debris and trash from the Candlestick Point State Recreation Area. In addition, we helped remove invasive mustard plants that damage the Bay’s pristine wetland habitats. Volunteering at the park was special to us, as it lies not far from our office and kitchen.

San Francisco Baykeeper is a nonprofit environmental advocacy organization that works to protect, preserve, and enhance the health of the ecosystems and communities that depend upon the San Francisco Bay. Since 1989, Baykeeper has advocated for the health of the bay; keeping it free from pollution, safe for recreation (including swimming!) and ready for the future. San Francisco Baykeeper is one of 200 Waterkeeper organizations working for clean water around the world.

The Candlestick Point State Recreation Area was created during World War II as 170 acres of landfill that was going to be used as a U.S. Navy shipyard. After the war, the landfill remained, but without purpose. In 1977, the California Legislature voted to develop the land as a state recreation area. The park offers hiking, jogging, bicycling, and picnicking. In the fall of 2018, it will also be available for camping, making it one of only two recreation areas in San Francisco available for camping!

Coastal Cleanup Day is on Saturday, September 15, 2018. Join thousands around the world by volunteering with San Francisco Baykeeper. We had a fantastic and rewarding time and we know you will as well. More information can be found here!