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 neighbors to become Food Donors. Their job generally takes a few hours a month.
  2. Food Donors are neighbors 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.
  • three food project volunteers NCs decide for themselves what constitutes their “neighborhood.” It can be a few houses, a whole street, or several blocks. 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. On average, "neighborhoods" run about 15 households.
  • Generally, NCs 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 neighbors. Many NCs start out by asking friends and acquaintances who live nearby.

When a Neighbor Joins

  • The NC gives each Food Donor 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 FP bag is an important symbol of mutual commitment, and a constant reminder of the food bank's needs).
  • food project helpers Then every two months, Food Donors leave their bags outside near their front door. NCs pick up each Donor's bag, leave an empty one, and bring all the bags they collect to the Napa Food Bank. CanDo volunteers are there to receive and process it.

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 CANV's  Food Bank for later distribution to its Food Pantries throughout Napa County. All the food stays right here to help our neighbors.
  • When we get a total weight for the pickup, we let NCs know, so they can let their Food Donor know how much of an impact the NFP and their work is having. This communication is critical.

A Project of…  Easing the path               from intent to action

Next Pickup Date:      Sat., June 10th

 Most Needed    Non-perishable  Items

  • Cereal
  • Hearty Soups
  • Canned Meat
  • Canned Fruit
  • Cooking Oil
  • Canned Tuna
  • Canned Beans
  • Dried Beans
  • Pinto Beans
  • Canned Corn
  • Masa
  • Brown Rice
  • Long Grain White Rice
  • Plain Stewed Tomatoes
  • Fruit Cocktail
  • Side Dishes
  • Soy Milk
  • Canned Milk
  • Texturized Vegetable Protein
  • Pasta
  • Vegetables
  • Side Dishes (Hamburger Helper, Rice-a-Roni, etc.)

Especially for Seniors

  • Dried Fruits
  • Ready made jell-o & pudding
  • Ensure protein drinks
  • Low-sodium Pull-tab Soups
  • Low-sodium Single-
    Serving Meals
  • Low-sodium Crackers
  • Green Tea (regular and decaf)
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Hard Candies

Non-Food Items

  • Toilet Paper
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes
  • Soap