Mother Lode Food Project
Who we are:
The Mother Lode Food Project in Tuolumne county is a non-stop food donor drive. Our goal is to ensure that our neighbors-in-need have a year round supply of food, not just during the holidays. All food stays local!
How it works:
- Each week, buy just one extra non-perishable food item when you go shopping.
- Store it in our Green Bag
- Every other month we’ll help you get the bag to the ATCAA Food Bank! There are drop-off locations all over Tuolumne County, and in some neighborhoods you can just leave your bag on your front porch!
Our system really works! As of December 2022 we have donated a total of over 193,000 lbs of food and over $12,000 in cash to the ATCAA Food Bank for distribution to food pantries throughout Tuolumne County.
There are two ways to help:
1. Simply fill a Green Bag with food every two months and deliver it to a pick-up location
2. Sign up as a Neighborhood Coordinator (NC), and help gather and deliver the food to a local food bank/pantry.
The NC organizes a small group of people (usually neighbors, no more than 10-12 houses) who have agreed to be food donors. On the designated pick-up dates, the group's bags are collected by the NC and delivered to the ATCAA Food Bank in Jamestown (or another local food pantry). Several emails are sent out to project participants to remind them of the pick-up date and alert them of any special food items needed by the food banks.