Davis, CA 95616
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Help the Hungry at May 9 Food Drive
STEAC, the Short Term Emergency Aid Committee, needs help a food drive, which will be held Saturday, May 9, 2015.
Donations as part of the drive can be made by placing unopened, non-perishable food outside your house by 9 a.m. to take part in the annual drive sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers. The bags of donated food should be placed at a location where the mail is delivered ? either at a group mailbox, stand along mailbox or by the front door (make sure it is visible from the street).
Items especially needed are peanut butter, jam/jelly, tuna, canned meals (chili, baked beans, etc.), and canned fruit (please NO canned vegetables). It is important that the food items not exceed their expiration dates.
Many people don’t realize that nearly 17 percent of Yolo County residents are “food insecure,” meaning they have difficulty providing food on a regular basis. For these families and individuals, receiving food from a local food closet can make all the difference in the world in terms of being able to pay bills and remain in permanent housing.
Each year STEAC provides enough food for over 50,000 meals to these low-income residents. With over 30 percent of the distributed food coming from food drives, this valuable service is made possible only through the generosity of this community.
Thank you, in advance, for taking part in this drive that will allow our volunteers to continue to feed the hungry of Davis.
Become a Neighborhood Food Project Volunteer
We at the Short Term Emergency Aid Committee (STEAC) are asking Davis residents to provide a steady source of donated food for distribution to the needy residents through the closet.
As you probably know, much of the closet’s food comes from donations by churches, civic and social groups, public agencies, citywide drives and from the annual Holiday Program. This results in an excess of food following drives, then low stocks between them.
In the past five years, the food closet has served 33,491 individuals, including 13,455 children. Enough food is provided for 268,464 meals.
To provide a more stable source of food donations and meet the growing demand from individuals, family and homeless, we have created the STEAC Food Project.
The project is modeled after a neighborhood-based efforts being used with great success in over 40 communities in the U.S. and Canada.
Here’s how you can take part in this project:
A volunteer called a “Neighborhood Coordinator” signs up 8 to 20 neighbors, friends, co-workers, social group, etc. to be Food Donors.
Each food donor receives a reusable green bag. The donor buys extra nonperishable food items when grocery shopping to fill the bag.
On the 2nd Saturday in February, April, June, August, October, December, the Neighborhood Coordinator picks up the bag and leaves an empty one to be refilled.
The Neighborhood Coordinator takes the bags to the STEAC food closet to be weighed, sorted, stored and food distributed.
In addition to being a donor, you can become a Neighborhood Coordinator and build a giving network of your neighbors.
What are the benefits of the STEAC Food Project?
It increases the quality and quantity of food collected and provides a regular supply to supplement our food drives.
It broadens community support for the food closet.
It allows STEAC to expand perishable food purchases by reducing nonperishable food costs.
STEAC is starting this effort as a pilot project using a few Neighborhood Coordinators to gain experience managing and operating this program. The first pick-up will be June 13, 2015. If you are interested in joining as either a Neighborhood Coordinator or Donor for this exciting program, call the STEAC office at 530-758-8435 or email to email@example.com.
We thank you. Our food closet volunteers thank you. And, most importantly, the hungry individuals, families, children and homeless thank you.
Thank you so much!
Heartfelt thanks to Laurel Sousa for her hard work on the Second Annual “Kids Helping Kids” drive. All the schools in Davis Unified School district showed their community commitment by donating over 4,400 pieces of clothing and over 600 pounds of food. Thank you the all the Davis students and their parents!
The Postal Workers of Davis did it again! Thanks for a fabulous Food Drive, collecting over 6,500 pounds of food. This beat last year’s collection by more than 700 pounds. We are so grateful to the generosity of the food donors and the postal workers.