Welcome to the Newberry Food Project!

food project volunteersThe Food Project is a revolutionary way to collect food: It's a donor drive, not a food drive.

Instead of asking for one-time contributions of food, volunteers (Neighborhood Coordinators) enlist neighbors to become long-term Food Donors.


Food Project video

What's the Food Project about?
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Food Project video

Gov. John Kitzhaber on the Food Project
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mom and kids picking up foodWhat we do

Neighbors donate a bag of food every two months. It's incredibly easy, because we supply the bag…and we pick up the food! This provides food pantries with a steady, year-round supply of food…and provides donors with the ongoing satisfaction of making a real difference. They also get to know their neighbors, which builds a powerful sense of community. So everyone wins.

What's the result?

full shelvesOur system really works! In Southern Oregon’s Jackson County, where the program originated, they currently bring in about 250,000 lbs of food a year…one bag at a time!

Now we’re starting a Food Project right here in Central Oregon.

Read more…and then click on the link in a box below and join us! Whether you donate food, collect it, help make policy decisions, or help out in some other way, you are what makes this program work. The Newberry Food Project needs you.

grocery bag

We’ll bring you a reusable green bag. Put food in it, and we’ll pick it up. It’s that easy!

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Get a group of neighbors to be Food Donors, and pick up their food every two months.

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Help at food bank
Emergency pickups

Want to start a Food Project in your town?

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We'll help! Contact us

Next Pickup Day:
 April 9th

Most Needed Items:

Non-Perishable Food

  • Cereal
  • Hearty Soups
  • Canned Meat
  • Canned Fruit
  • Cooking Oil
  • Canned Tuna
  • Canned Beans
  • Dried Beans
  • Pinto Beans
  • Canned Corn
  • Brown Rice
  • Long Grain White Rice
  • Plain Stewed Tomatoes
  • Fruit Cocktail
  • Side Dishes
  • Soy Milk
  • Canned Milk
  • Pasta
  • Vegetables
  • Side Dishes (Hamburger Helper, Rice-a-Roni, etc.)

Non-Food Items

  • Laundry Soap
  • Diapers
  • Hand Soap
  • Pet Food
  • Shampoo
  • Safety Razors
  • Toilet Paper
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes
  • Soap