The Palm Beach County Food Project is a Neighborhood Food Donation Program which began in June 2013. Several members of Oceanview Church were among the initial Neighborhood Coordinators (NCs) for the Project. The initial pick up in June 2013 was 500 pounds from 37 donors. The program has grown to numerous neighborhoods throughout Palm Beach County. In the last twelve months, nearly 35 TONS of food has been donated.
NEXT “Green Bag” Collection – by Saturday, December 9th – Join the mission…
Need a Bag? Contact Kay Heisler: email@example.com
A Note from Our Coordinator – Kay Heisler
Hi Green Bag Donors,
Thank you so much for your continuing commitment to the Palm Beach County Food Project. Your green bag is so important. Here are the totals for our last collection. We collected 1,151 green bags totaling 17,265 pounds.
I know this sounds like a lot of food, but so much more is needed to really help the pantries have enough food for those that are in need and hungry. We need to collect 10 times this amount. If you have a friend, neighbor or family member that would like to become a donor, please have them call me and I will try to find a coordinator close to them that will get in touch with them. They will make sure that they get a green bag, list of needed items and information in regard to our next pick up.
Thank you so very much for doing your part to help by filling your green bag for each of our pick ups. Our next one is Saturday, December 9. If you need a replacement bag please let me know and I will make sure that you get one.
Here are a couple of pictures that were taken at the our green bag drop off location. This is where the bags are unloaded and the food is placed into boxes and loaded into a truck. The boxes are taken to a warehouse where the supplies are sorted and then sent out to the participating pantries in our county.
Thanks again for being a “green bagger.”
Palm Beach County Food Project
Building Community. Sharing Food.
Neighbors donate a bag of food every two months. It’s incredibly easy, because we supply the bag…and we pick up the food! This provides food pantries with a steady, year-round supply of food…and provides donors with the ongoing satisfaction of making a real difference. They also get to know their neighbors, which builds a powerful sense of community. So everyone wins.
The Food Project is a revolutionary way to collect food: It’s a donor drive, not a food drive.
Instead of asking for one-time contributions of food, our volunteers (Neighborhood Coordinators) enlist their neighbors to become long-term Food Donors.
How the Food Project works:
The NEIGHBORHOOD COORDINATOR (NC) signs up his or her neighbors to be Food Donors. Each Donor receives a green cloth grocery bag in which to collect his or her food donation. Every two months, the NC picks up the green food bags from their Donors and leaves a new bag for the next pick up.
The food is then boxed and taken to a designated collection site. The food is sorted, weighed and ready almost immediately for distribution to food Pantries (such as those operated by C.R.O.S. Ministries) where it is then distributed to hungry and needy people in Palm Beach County.
You can become a Neighborhood Coordinator in your neighborhood. It is quite easy, you will have plenty of tools to help you get it done and you will feel great!! You can sign up to be a Neighborhood Coordinator on the website listed below, or contact either Erich or Kay.