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Become a Neighborhood Coordinator: If you are interested in becoming a Neighborhood Coordinator (NC) and are willing to pick up food every two months, here is some general information about the responsibilities and activities of an NC.

  • What does a Neighborhood Coordinator (NC) do? The NC organizes a group of people who have agreed to be food donors. Each donor receives a reusable green bag to fill in a two month period. On the designated delivery dates (the second Saturday of even months), all bags are collected by the NC and delivered to the A-TCAA Food Bank in Jamestown. Several emails are sent out to project participants to remind them of the pick-up date and alert them of any special food items needed by A-TCAA.
  • How much food will people donate? We suggest Donors buy one extra nonperishable food item each week, but that will vary. Some people donate multiple bags; others donate a few cans. Our motto, “Making a difference, one can at a time” means any donation makes a difference.
  • How much time does being an NC involve? The time commitment is minimal. Usually it involves a few hours every other month, although more time may be needed to establish the “neighborhood”.
  • When is Pickup Day? Our “official” pickup day is the Tuesday-Thursday on the last week of the month with a Thursday in it. All bags are brought to A-TCAA between 8am-3pm on those days, where replacement bags available. The MLFP is designed to give you as much flexibility as possible.
  • What happens on Pickup Day? Each Food Donor puts his or her green food bag out by the front door. You pick up each bag, leave an empty replacement one and a “Thank-you” card (which we supply), and take the food to the A-TCAA Food Bank in Jamestown. If you deliver your food in our pickup window, food bank volunteers will be there from 8am-3pm to accept, weigh, and sort it. When we have a total weight for the entire delivery, we will email you so you can let your Food Donors know how much of an impact the Food Project, and their work, is having.


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