How it Works
It’s a remarkably simple system, built around two main types of volunteers:
- Neighborhood Coordinators (NCs) agree to organize a small group of their friends and neighbors to become Food Donors. Their job generally takes a few hours a month.
- Food Donors are friends and neighbors who agree to give food every two months.
Neighborhood Coordinators (NCs)
- An NC’s donor group can be any number of people.
- NCs decide what constitutes their “neighborhood.” It can be in their neighborhood, a book club, quilt group, work site or church.
When a Neighbor Joins
- The NC issues a reusable green Mother Lode Food Project bag to a donor and suggests they buy one extra nonperishable grocery item each week. The food can be stored in the bag until pickup day.
- Then every two months, NCs pick up each donor’s bag of food, leave an empty one, and bring all the bags to the ATCAA Food Bank in Jamestown.
When is Pickup Day?
- Our “official” pickup day is the 2nd Saturday of each even month (February, April, June, August, October, December). The Food Project is set up to give NCs as much flexibility as possible. If s/he will be out of town on the official pickup day, s/he can drop off his/her green bags during the week before the official pickup date at one of these alternate sites:
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 a “Thank-you” card and tax credit receipt (which we supply) with the replacement bag. An NC may also pick up bags when the book club or other social club meets.
- After all the food is delivered to A-TCAA, it is sorted and weighed. All totals are sent out to food donors so they can see the impact of their efforts.