Welcome to the Mother Lode Food Project!

A food donor drive based in Sonora, California, the Mother Lode Food Project is modeled after the Ashland Food Project, and is a revolutionary way to collect food for those in need. It is a donor drive, not a food drive. The goal of the project is to provide the A-TCAA Food Bank a year round supply of food, not just at the holidays.

What We Do

Friends and neighbors donate a bag of food every two months. It is incredibly easy, because we supply the bag…and we pick up the food! This provides our local food bank with a steady, year-round supply of food.

Instead of asking for one-time contributions of food, our volunteers (Neighborhood Coordinators) enlist their friends and neighbors to become long-term Food Donors.

The results

Our system really works! As of August 2022 we have donated a total of over 190,000 lbs of food and over $12,000 in cash to the ATCAA Food Bank for distribution to food pantries throughout Tuolumne County, including Interfaith.


~Mother Lode Food Project….making a difference, one bag at a time~


Recent News and Updates

“The Green Bag Solution” Documentary

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A documentary titled “The Green Bag Solution” on the Ashland Food Project is in its pre-production phase with a goal to spread the word about the organization on a national level. Read more: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20160614/NEWS/160619901/101059/NEWS

Happy Fourth Anniversary to MLFP!!

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April 11th was MLFP's fourth anniversary of collecting food and delivering it to food banks. We appreciate all who have participated these past year.

Record Breaking Collection!

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We had a record-breaking day on Saturday, collecting 8037 lbs and $647.66 in cash donations.
The Union Democrat featured an article on the Mother Lode Food Project: http://www.uniondemocrat.com/News/Local-News/Food-project-Organization-reaches-big-milestone#

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