How the Food Project Works

It's a remarkably simple system, built around two main types of volunteers:

  1. Neighborhood Coordinators (NCs) agree to organize a small group of their neighbors to become Food Donors. Their job generally takes a few hours a month.
  2. Food Donors are neighbors who agree to give food every two months.

Neighborhood Coordinators (NCs)

  • An NC's donor group can be any number of people they like: 3…10…16…or any size.
  • tractor NCs decide for themselves what constitutes their “neighborhood.” It can be a few houses, a whole street, or several blocks. The most important thing is for them to feel comfortable with the area they pick. If they want, they can start small and expand their neighborhoods over time.
  • Generally, NCs build their “neighborhoods” by knocking on doors, introducing themselves, and asking if people want to participate. It's a great way to get to know neighbors. Many NCs start out by asking friends and acquaintances that live nearby.

When a Neighbor Joins

  • The NC gives them a reusable green Food Project bag and suggests that they buy one extra nonperishable grocery item each week when they go to the supermarket. The food is stored in the bag. (Note: Besides the obvious practical application, our green bags are an important symbol of mutual commitment and a constant reminder of the food bank's needs).
  • Then every two months, NCs pick up each Donor's bag of food, leave an empty one, and bring all the bags they collect to a designated drop-off point. In Talent, the drop-off is at the Talent Food Bank (Located inside the Talent Community Hall). Food bank representatives are there to receive and process it. In Talent, as many as five food bank reps volunteers from 22 food banks work together to process all of the donated food in three hours.

What happens on Pickup Day?

  • Harvest Donors put the bags of food out by their front doors. NCs pick up each bag, leave an empty one and a "Thank You" card (which we supply), and take the food to the designated location.
  • When we get a total weight for the entire pickup, we let NCs know, so they can let their Food Donor know how much of an impact the Food Project, and their work, is having on the local community. This communication is critical and provides continual encouragement to all of our donors and volunteers.
  • As the food is collected in each city, NCs bring donations directly to Talent and Phoenix Food Banks. Food collected in Talent, stays in Talent …It’s that simple!

Next Pickup:

Sat, June 10

Food Pantry Volunteers Needed!

 Call Philip At: 541-897-2208

Most Needed Donations:

Click here to print a list of most needed items.

Non-Perishable Food

  • Cereal
  • Cooking Oil
  • Canned Meat, Tuna, Chicken, Sardines etc.
  • Canned Fruit
  • Canned Vegetables (not Green Beans) 
  • Canned Beans (not Kidney or Black)   
  • Dried Beans & Legumes (Split Peas, Lentils, Barley, etc.) 
  • Pinto Beans
  • Pork & Beans
  • Refried Beans
  • Hearty Soups
  • Masa
  • Brown Rice
  • Long Grain White Rice
  • Pasta
  • 1 pound coffee(plain coffee, no flavors)
  • Instant coffee
  • 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
  • Diapers
  • Senior Protection
  • Dog & Cat Food