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Neighborhood Food Project (Canceled)

(Campaign Rescheduled to Fall 2019)

Neighborhood Food Project (Canceled)

(Campaign Rescheduled to Fall 2019)

$27,284
pledged of $100,000pledged of $100,000 goal
146
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jun 1 2019
Last updated June 1, 2019

About

Neighborhood Food Project

Campaign Rescheduled for Fall 2019

Thanks for your interest and support!

Get updates on our new campaign at https://neighborhoodfoodproject.org/ 

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Celebrate the Joy of Sharing!

What’s the Neighborhood Food Project?

We launched the Ashland Food Project 10 years ago to make it easy for people to donate food to our local food bank. We realized that many of our neighbors wanted to help fight hunger in our community, but after work and family life just couldn’t find the time. So we created a simple, door-to-door food collection system.

"It's a system of giving and collecting food that's so easy, anyone can get involved, no matter how much time they have.. and it's so effective that we’ve consistently brought in meaningful amounts of food for our hungry neighbors. What's more, it gives people a purposeful - and fun - way to work together." —John Javna, Neighborhood Food Project founder

Here’s How it Works.

We sign up neighbors in our community to be Food Donors and give them a green bag. They fill the bag with as much non-perishable food as they want. Then every two months (on the second Saturday of every even month), another Food Project volunteer picks up their green bag, leaves a new bag for next time, and brings all the bags to the local food bank.

It’s a Success!

The Ashland Food Project was so successful (about 30% of the town now participates) that neighboring towns in Jackson County, OR started their own Food Projects—which inspired us to create a 501(c )(3) organization called the Neighborhood Food Project to support efforts in new communities. So far, there are more than 40 Food Projects in 10 states.

These local Food Projects are providing a consistent supply of food to their local food banks and making their communities stronger—by bringing together students and seniors, busy families, and a wonderful, diverse mix of volunteers. Last April in Medford, OR, for example, 35,000 pounds of food was collected from nearly 3,000 donors and was distributed to fifteen food pantries.  

“It’s awesome! We get an order of food in every other month; it's like getting a Christmas gift six times a year. Now we get enough food in consistently so we're not worried about having enough for our clients.” —Jason Bull, Medford Gospel Mission Food Pantry

Helping other Communities - Start and Sustain.

Working with dozens of local groups over the last ten years, we’ve learned what challenges are common to every Food Project—and we’ve created systems and tools to help deal with those challenges. For example, we now know that Food Projects can expect to lose 15-20% of their Food Donors each year because people move or have other life changes. So how do Food Projects refresh their base of Food Donors? We’ve invented reliable ways to do that!  

The Toolkit

More and more communities are contacting us, asking for help. We’re ready to expand our capacity to help new communities start and maintain their own Neighborhood Food Projects by creating a TOOLKIT that contains all the tools and information they need. 

This Toolkit will enable us to keep up with the demand,  provide thorough guidance and support, and help everyone who wants to fight hunger in their community right now

And that's why we're here on Kickstarter! We're going to give the Toolkit to communities - FOR FREE. We need your help to create it.

The Toolkit will include:

—A New Website Template that communities can customize.

How-to Videos: Everything from how set up a food drop-off to repairing green bags.

—Recruiting Videos: To help attract & sign up volunteers, from steering committee members to food donors.

—Testimonial Videos to use on websites and social media/promo material.

Essential Graphics: Thank You cards, brochures, door hangers, reminders, refrigerator magnets, bumper stickers, lawn signs, etc. 

—A Media Kit: With templates for newsletters, press releases, social media programs, PSAs, and more.

—Step-by-step Handbooks: Explaining everything from setting up a pilot program to finding sponsors.

A Shopping App: Food donors will use it while they’re shopping, to find out what local food banks need. 

Templates & Detailed Instructions for all our Volunteer Recruiting and Retention Programs: We’ve developed wonderful programs such as Families for Food, the Student Hunger Strike Force, the Green Bag Connection, and an annual recruiting event called “Green Bag Day.”

—And much more

Help Make it Happen!

With your generous pledge, we’ll have the capacity to bring the Neighborhood Food Project to new communities and an ever-growing group of energetic volunteers. These volunteers will directly—and sustainably—support local food banks and food pantries. And those institutions will, in turn, make sure that none of our neighbors go hungry.

Thank you for your generous support!

John, Brad, Mark, Courtney and the Neighborhood Food Project's thousands of volunteers.


The Neighborhood Food Project is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 corporation. Your contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Risks and challenges

We were able to launch this ambitious project with $100,000 in private funding and grant support. We have already developed the programs listed above and begun working with a very talented team of videographers, writers, designers and programmers. We're well beyond the concept stage. With a successful Kickstarter campaign, we anticipate that we will be able to complete the Toolkit by late summer 2020. We will make the individual materials available for free to existing Neighborhood Food Projects and new communities, as each item is completed.

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    Thank You on our Website

    We'll thank you on our new Neighborhood Food Project website at NeighborhoodFoodProject.org

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    How to be (or train) a Great Volunteer!

    We're creating a handy Volunteer Booklet through our Kickstarter campaign that draws on our decade of experience of being and training great volunteers. We'll send you a digital copy AND you’ll get a website thank you!

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    Pre-Release Copy of “Community Quest”

    Young families make up a big part of the NFP volunteer force, so as part of the Toolkit we’re developing a role-playing game that parents can use to teach their children community values like service and sharing. You’ll receive a pre-release digital copy of this exciting, educational quest game! (Complete with Treasure Map!)

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    Associate Producer + Green Bag Report

    We'll list your name as an Associate Producer in one of our most prominent How-To Videos. The How-To Videos will support new and existing Neighborhood Food Projects across the US and will be watched by volunteers in almost every Food Project.

    You’ll also get our Volunteer Booklet and Community Quest game.

    PLUS at this level, we’ll send you the Green Bag Report, a quarterly newsletter about the latest items we’ve made for the Toolkit and how communities are using them!
    WATCH YOUR PLEDGE GROW!

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    Producer + Green Bag Report

    We'll list your name as a Producer in one of our most prominent Introductory Videos. This video will go to all existing Food Projects and to everyone across the US who is (considering or) starting a Food Project in their community.

    You’ll also get our Volunteer Booklet and Community Quest game.

    PLUS at this level, we’ll send you the Green Bag Report, a quarterly newsletter about the latest items we’ve made for the Toolkit and how communities are using them! WATCH YOUR PLEDGE GROW!

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    Executive Producer + Green Bag Report

    We'll list your name as an Executive Producer in the NFP signature video, “The Power of one Green Bag.” This video will be seen by almost everyone considering, starting or maintaining a Food Project – or even just browsing our Home Page! It tells the whole story.

    PLUS at this level, you’ll also be listed as a Sponsor on the Neighborhood Food Project’s new website, at NeighborhoodFoodProject.org.

    You’ll get our Volunteer Booklet and Community Quest game.

    AND we’ll send you the Green Bag Report, a quarterly newsletter about the latest items we’ve made for the Toolkit and how communities are using them! WATCH YOUR PLEDGE GROW!

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    Pick a Community for a Pilot Project

    Got a community you care about? Pick a community for a Neighborhood Food Project pilot program and we'll do the legwork to start a Food Project there.

    If you’d like to be a part of the pilot as a volunteer, we’ll work alongside you. It’s your choice! Either way, we’ll provide Digital Updates as your Community’s Food Project develops.

    PLUS we’ll thank you as a Community Sponsor on the Neighborhood Food Project website. You’ll also get our Volunteer Booklet and Community Quest game.

    AND we’ll send you the Green Bag Report, a quarterly newsletter about the latest items we’ve made for the Toolkit and how communities are using them! WATCH YOUR PLEDGE GROW!

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    Pick a Community for a Pilot + Pilot Kit

    Want to give a community you love a healthy boost? Pick a community for a Neighborhood Food Project pilot program and we'll do the legwork to start a Food Project there.

    PLUS we'll provide a Pilot Kit, which contains 50 of each of the physical supplies a community needs for a pilot: NFP Green Bags, Thank You cards, Missed You cards, Brochures & Nutrition Booklets.

    If you’d like to be a part of the pilot as a volunteer, we’ll work alongside you. Either way, we’ll provide Digital Updates.

    We’ll thank you as a Community Sponsor on the NFP website. You'll get Volunteer Booklet, Community Quest game, and the Green Bag Report. WATCH YOUR PLEDGE GROW!

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    2 NFP Pilot Kits in Your Name

    Want to support new Neighborhood Food Projects, but just don’t know where? We’ll create 2 Pilot Kits with your name listed on the Green Bags as a Community Sponsor.

    Communities will use the Kits to pilot a project in their community. Then when they are ready to go long-term, pass along the Pilot Kit for another community to use. It’s a gift that keeps on giving!

    Both Pilot Kits will contain 50 of each items: NFP Green Bags with your name listed as a Community Sponsor, Thank You cards, Missed You cards, Brochures and Nutrition Booklets.

    We’ll thank you as a Community Sponsor on the NFP website. You’ll also get our Volunteer Booklet, Community Quest game, and the Green Bag Report. WATCH YOUR PLEDGE GROW!

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    Community Pilot + Pilot Kit + Website

    Want to set up a community for long term success? Pick a community for a Neighborhood Food Project pilot program and we'll do the legwork to start a Food Project there.

    We'll provide a Pilot Kit, which includes 50 of each of the generic physical supplies a community needs for a pilot: NFP Green Bags, Thank You cards, Missed You cards, Brochures and Nutrition Booklets.

    AND we’ll set up a Customized Website for your community and host it for a year. You’ll be covering the cost and person-power of this tech-y task and we’ll thank you prominently on the site as a Community Sponsor.

    If you’d like to be a part of the pilot as a volunteer, we’ll work alongside you and also provide Digital Updates.

    We’ll thank you as a Community Sponsor on the NFP website. You’ll also get our Volunteer Booklet, Community Quest game, and the Green Bag Report. WATCH YOUR PLEDGE GROW!

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    Pilot + Website + Customized Supplies

    Ready to make it happen? Pick a community for a Neighborhood Food Project pilot program and we'll do the legwork to start a Food Project there.

    PLUS we'll provide 250 each of Customized physical supplies your community needs for the long term: Green Bags with “Community-Name Food Project”, Thank You cards with Your Name listed as a Community Sponsor, Missed You cards, Brochures and Nutrition Booklets.

    AND we’ll set up a Customized Website for your community and host it for a year. We’ll thank you prominently on the site as a Community Sponsor.

    If you’d like to be a part of the pilot as a volunteer, we’ll work with you and also provide Digital Updates.

    We’ll thank you as a Community Sponsor on the NFP website. You’ll also get our Volunteer Booklet, Community Quest game, and the Green Bag Update. WATCH YOUR PLEDGE GROW!

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    Join the Founders!

    Jump in and help us create the items for the Toolkit! You don’t have to do the heavy lifting, just give us your feedback and wisdom when you can.

    We’ll send you updates as we near completion on the videos, graphics, media elements, handbooks and community programs, and you choose when you want to consult. We’ll take your comments seriously and you’ll see your hand in the expansion of the Neighborhood Food Project.

    You’ll be thanked as a Major Sponsor on the NFP website. And we’ll list your as an Executive Producer on all the videos on which you consult.

    Of course you’ll receive our Volunteer Booklet, Community Quest game and the Green Bag Report.

    We’re so excited to work with you! Help us guide thousands of volunteers to success in building community and sharing food!

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