How the Food Project Works

It's a remarkably simple system, built around two main types of volunteers:

  1. Neighborhood Coordinators (NCs) agree to organize a small group of their friends & neighbors to become Food Donors. Their job generally takes about two to four hours every two months.
  2. Food Donors are neighbors, friends, associates or family who agree to give food every two months.

Neighborhood Coordinators (NCs)

  • An NC's donor group can be any number of people they like: 3…10…16…or any size.
  • Aug Drop Off NCs decide for themselves what constitutes their “neighborhood.” It can be a few houses, a whole street, several blocks, social group or their work place. The most important thing is for them to feel comfortable with the area they pick. If they want, they can start small and expand their neighborhoods over time.
  • Generally, NCs start their “neighborhoods” by asking their friends & neighbors. Then they may build their "neighborhoods" by knocking on doors, introducing themselves, and asking if people want to participate. It's a great way to get to know other people in your neighborhood.

When a Neighbor Joins

  • The NC gives them a reusable green Food Project bag and suggests that they buy one extra nonperishable grocery item each week when they go to the supermarket. The food is stored in the bag. (Note: Besides the obvious practical application, our Green Bag is an important symbol of mutual commitment, and a constant reminder of the need for food in our area).
  • NC Load Then every two months, NCs pick up each Donor's bag of food, leave an empty one, and bring all the bags they collect to our collection center. Volunteers at our collection center receive and process the donations.

When is Pickup Day?

  • Our "official" pickup day is the 2nd Saturday of each even month (Feb. April. June, etc.). But the Food Project is set up to give NCs as much freedom as possible. If they'll be out of town on the official pickup day, or prefer to do it the week before or after, they can come up with their own date and work that out with their Food Donors.

What happens on Pickup Day?

  • Each Food Donor puts the bag of food out by his or her front door. NCs pick up each bag, leave an empty one and a "Thank-you" card (which we supply), and take the food to our collection center, currently 642 Hawthorne in Davis. The food gets distributed to those who go without through the STEAC Food Closet.
  • When we get a total weight for the entire pickup, we let NCs know, so they can let their Food Donors know how much of an impact the Food Project and their work is having. This communication is critical.

 

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2017 Pickup Dates:

  • Saturday, February 11th
  • Saturday, April 8th
  • Saturday, June 10th
  • Saturday, August 12th
  • Saturday, October 14th
  • Saturday, December 9th

Most Needed Items:

  • Canned Vegetables
  • Canned Fruit
  • Small Cooking Oil
  • Juice (esp. low sugar)
  • 1 Lb. Rice
  • Baked Beans/Pork and Beans
  • Small jams and jellies
  • Snack cheese or peanut butter filled crackers (for our Kids Packs program)
  • Also Needed:
  • Vegetarian Products
  • Chili
  • Ketchup/Mustard/Mayo
  • Dried beans
  • Rice/Pasta Mixes
  • Canned Tuna
  • Cereal
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Hearty & Tomato Soups
  • Canned Tomato Products
  • Canned Meat
  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Canned Beans
  • Canned Ravioli/Spaghetti Os
  • Broth
  • Canned pumpkin

Temporarily not Needed