Who Gets the Food?

All of the food that Napa Valley CanDo's volunteers pickup for the Napa Food Project (NFP) is taken directly to the Napa Food Bank, a Community Action Napa Valley Food Bank that has been serving the Napa community since 1967. The Food Bank gives a small percentage of it to other nonprofit organizations, including the CHDC Farm Worker Camps, NEWS, ParentCAN, and McAlister. The bulk of the remaining food is used to serve the Food Bank's clients throughout the county. Distribution is through the Food Pantry Network and Senior Brown Bag Program.

The food donated through the NFP is particularly important to our food bank now because local food donations have decreased 48% since 2009. Yet, the demand has increased by over 22% during the same time period.

This year, the CANV Food Bank will supply food to more than 10,000 of our neighbors each month.

  • About 38% of these neighbors are children under the age of 18;
  • 17% are seniors 60 years of age or older;
  • Contrary to some people’s beliefs, only 2% of the recipients are homeless;
  • 62% are “working class poor.” They have jobs, usually more than one, but cannot afford the cost of living in Napa County.

As Shirley King, Director of CANV Food Bank, explains:

“Our clients must choose between buying food, medicine, having a consistent place to live, and/or reliable transportation. Invariably, food is the first thing to be compromised. Hunger prevents seniors, children, families, and local communities from reaching their full potential.”

A Project of…  Easing the path               from intent to action

Next Pickup Date:      Sat., Feb. 9

 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