The Napa Food Project is CanDo's newest and very exciting effort to help our neighbors thrive. This time we're building community and sharing food. It's not enough to donate food during Thanksgiving and Christmas alone. Hunger never takes a holiday. So the Napa Food Project is not a food drive; it's a food donor drive. You want to help...we make it easy.

The same spring we started CanDo, friends to the north initiated the Ashland (OR) Food Project. As we have grown, they have grown, too, and we've watched with amazement. Their immensely successful door-to-door food collection program now operates in more than 50 other communities in the U.S.


In 2016, CanDo piloted it here on behalf of the Napa Food Bank. We have three goals:

  1. To provide a regular supply of food to hungry neighbors;
  2. To create new neighborhood connections and strengthen the community;
  3. To serve as a model for other communities.

Here's how it works:

  1. Each week, you buy just one extra non-perishable food item when you go shopping.
  2. You store it in the nifty reusable green bag that we provide for you.
  3. On the second Saturday of every other month, you'll receive an email reminder to leave your bag outside your front door. A friendly neighbor called a Neighborhood Coordinator will pick up the bag and drop off an empty one. They'll deliver your donation to the Food Bank. It's that simple!

To get a better sense of how it works, take a look at this 3 minute videoThen, if you'd like to participate as a Food Donor or Neighborhood Coordinator, simply sign-up here. We'll be in touch.