Hands & Feet

Yavapai Food Neighbors Project

Description

Food Neighbors Program 

When: Year Round, with collection dates on the 2nd Saturday of even numbered months. 

Where: Throughout Yavapai County 

Description: 

Food insecurity or hunger is a big problem in our community. In fact, Arizona has the 10th highest rate of food insecurity in the United States. In Yavapai County, one of every three children is at-risk for hunger. This is higher than the national rate of one in four. 

The Yavapai Food Council administers the Yavapai Food Neighbors Project, a regional partner of the national Neighborhood Food Projects. This simple and effective collection and distribution model helps provide a steady supply of food to our local food pantries. You can view a 3-minute video explaining how the program works at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zI2pW4spqQc&feature=youtu.be&noredirect=1 

There are two ways that you can participate in the Food Neighbors Project. 

Neighborhood Coordinator: A Neighborhood Coordinator will spend about 4 to 6 hours every two months. In addition to mobilizing friends and neighbors to become food donors, once every two months the Coordinator will collect the food from the donors in their network, and deliver it to a collection location where it is distributed to area food banks. The Coordinators’ “neighborhood” can consist of any group of people, including clubs, small groups, family and friends. 

Food Donor: Food Donors agree to donate food six times a year. Your Neighborhood Coordinator will drop off a special green Food Neighbors bag. Just add an item or two to the bag each time you go shopping. Once every two months your Neighborhood Coordinator will pick up the bag and leave you an empty one to fill for the next collection date.

To get involved contact Mike Newcomb at 928-821-3953 or visit yavapaifoodneighborsproject.org