Who We Are

Napa Valley CanDo (501(c)3) is a grassroots community service group that seeks to engage volunteers in support of local nonprofits. It also initiates projects of its own when it recognizes an unmet community need.

We've long recognized that not all our neighbors have enough food to eat, and we're about to launch a program that has the power to help alleviate that situation while building neighborhoods at the same time:  The Napa Food Project.

CanDo Background:  Founded in 2009, CanDo sponsored the Napa ordinance to reduce distribution of single-use plastic bags and worked until ordinances passed county-wide. We grow fresh, local produce for Community Action Napa Valley's Food Bank through CanDo CanGrow. Our volunteers regularly clean waterways through our Waterways Keepers program. In 2013, we launched the Napa Valley Give!Guide which has raised awareness for dozens of Napa County nonprofits and has helped bring in $580,000 in donations.

Now we're ready to invite participation in our newest venture, and we're as excited as can be. Always on the lookout for programs across the nation that are really making a difference, we starting watching one just north of us in Ashland, OR the very same year CanDo began. It's a winner!

The Ashland (OR) Food Project began with a small group of residents who wanted make it easy for people to donate food to their Emergency Food Bank. They realized that many of their neighbors wanted to help fight hunger in their community, but for one reason or another, never get around to it. So they created a simple, door-to-door food collection system to enable people to pitch in.

They had three goals:

  1. To provide a regular supply of food to hungry neighbors
  2. To create new neighborhood connections and strengthen the community
  3. To serve as a model for other communities

canvassingArmed with brochures that proclaimed, “You want to help, We want to make it easy!,” volunteers canvassed their neighborhoods, knocking on doors and inviting neighbors to participate. Whenever people said “Yes,” the volunteers suggested that they buy just one extra nonperishable food item each week, and store it at home. The volunteers promised to stop by the donors' homes every two months, pick the food up, and take it directly to the food bank.

On their first Pickup Day in 2009, 10 volunteers netted about 600 pounds of food. By 2015, the Ashland Food Project brought in 140,000 lbs. over the course of the year.

CanDo is piloting our own brand of this incredibly successful program in June 2016. On Saturday, June 11, 15 Neighborhood Coordinators will  pick up bags of donated food from over 160 households. Our second pilot takes place on Saturday, August 13.

Join us! Don’t wait for a neighbor to knock on your door. Get in touch and let us know you want to share food. We’ll bring you a green bag and get you started right away!

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