Who We Are
The Ashland Food Project 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. We realized that many of our neighbors wanted to help fight hunger in our community, but for one reason or another, never get around to it. So we created a simple, door-to-door food collection system to enable them to pitch in.
We had three goals:
- To provide a regular supply of food to our hungry neighbors
- To create new neighborhood connections and strengthen our 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 our own neighborhoods, knocking on doors and inviting our neighbors to participate. Whenever they said “Yes,” we suggested that they buy just one extra nonperishable food item each week, and store it at home. We promised to stop by their homes every 2 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.
About a year later, there were over 150 in 3 different towns. The first Pickup
Day, in 2009, netted about 600 pounds of food. By August, 2011, we were
picking up more than 36,000 lbs. county-wide, every two months. And in December
2013, we reached our 1 millionth pound of food donated to food banks in Jackson
Currently, approximately 20% of the households in Ashland are participating
- but we have a goal of 30% participation. And in Ashland alone, the
Ashland Food Project delivers more than 20,000 lbs. of food to the Ashland
Emergency Food Bank every other month.
Even though we have more than doubled the amount of food donated to the Ashland Emergency Food Bank, the need has increase 25%, which means the shelves are bare as we approach each pickup. Hence, the goal to reach 30% participation.
We’re honored that you'd consider joining us, sharing food with neighbors and building a stronger community. It’s our hope that as a volunteer with the Ashland Food Project, you'll have fun, grow, get to know people, and feel generally good about yourself and your town.
Next Pickup Day: Saturday, December 14
Please drop off donations between 9:30 AM and 1:30 PM
Most Needed Items:
Other Non-Perishable Food
Canned: Meat (including Tuna), Fruit, Beans, & Vegetables (including
Dried Beans, including Pinto
Rice: Brown & Long Grain
Milk: Soy, Rice & Canned
Textured Vegetable Protein
Side Dishes (Hamburger Helper, Rice-a-Roni, etc.)
Especially for Seniors
Ready made jell-o & pudding
Ensure® protein drinks
Low-sodium Pull-tab Soups
Low-sodium Single-Serving Meals
Green Tea (regular and decaf)
Toothpaste & Toothbrushes
Body Soap - bar & liquid