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.
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A Note from Our Coordinator – Kay Heisler
Hi Palm Beach County Food Project Donors,
I have the final August 2017 totals for our district and the total project:
Our district’s total, including all late bags, is 516 bags collected totaling 7,740 pounds. This represents 113 more bags and 1,695 more pounds than the same time last year.
Our project’s total, all districts included, is 1,159 bags collected totaling 17,385 pounds. This represents 34 more bags and 510 more pounds than the same time last year.
Thank you so much for your green bag. It is so very important to those that are hungry in our county. Your faithfulness to this cause is to be commended. Our next pick up is in October.
I would like to ask your help in expanding this project. Many more bags are needed. We now have coordinators in the Jupiter, North Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens areas. If you know of any friends, neighbors or relatives that would be interested in becoming a “green bagger” please let me know and I will make the contacts to get them started. I know that there are a lot of people that want to help those in need of food and this is such an easy way to accomplish that mission.
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.