Who We Are
The Ashland Food Project (AFP) was started in January 2009 by a small group of Ashland residents who wanted make it easy for people to donate food to the Ashland Emergency Food Bank. They realized that many of their neighbors wanted to help fight hunger in their community, but for one reason or another, never get around to it. So they created a simple, door-to-door food collection system to enable people to pitch in.
They had three goals:
- To provide a regular supply of food to hungry neighbors
- To create new neighborhood connections and strengthen the community
- To serve as a model for other communities
Armed with brochures that proclaimed, “You want to help, We want to make it easy!,” AFP volunteers canvassed their neighborhoods, knocking on doors and inviting neighbors to participate. Whenever people said “Yes,” the volunteers suggested that they buy just one extra nonperishable food item each week, and store it at home. The volunteers promised to stop by the donors’ homes every two months, pick the food up, and take it directly to the food bank.
The project started with a core group of 10 volunteers picking up food. The first Pickup Day, in 2009, netted about 600 pounds of food. By August, 2010, it was a huge success — 130 Ashland Food Project volunteers were picking up more than 19,000 lbs county-wide, every two months. After hearing of their success, Food Drive Coordinator, Joan Tomasini brought the Food Project to Contra Costa and Solano counties.
Join us! Don’t wait for a neighbor to knock on your door. Get in touch and let us know you want to share food. We’ll bring you a green bag, and get you started right away!