Welcome to the STEAC Food Project!


Cat in vanThe 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, our volunteers (Neighborhood Coordinators) enlist their neighbors to become long-term Food Donors.

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Results for October

The Davis Community went above and beyond in October, donating 9800 pounds of food. With this generosity the STEAC Food Project has surpassed 100,000 pounds of non-perishables since its inception. This came as at critical time for STEAC as our supplies had depleted to new lows. Thanks to all of the Food Donors and Neighborhood Coordinators for the success of this program. Looking forward to the December 8th drop off!

Some Guidelines

Small quantities are better than large. Approximately 75% of our clients are either single, single parents or small families. We provide food and essentials based on family size to ensure we have adequate food for all who are in need. Additionally smaller items gives us the flexibility of providing two of an item to large families while also meeting the needs of our singles and small families. We cannot use extra large items such as 5+ pounds bags of rice or extra large cans of beans, vegetables, etc.

We strive to provide healthy food to those in need if at all possible. Therefore low salt and low sugar items are preferred, if they can be found. 

We cannot accept home canned items or canned goods long past their 'best by', 'sell by', or 'use by' dates. Nor can we accept opened or partially used items.

The STEAC Food Closet

The STEAC Food Closet is located in the parking lot behind Saint Martins Church at 642 Hawthorn Lane in Davis. 

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 What 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 our Food Closet 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 shelvesWe began in June 2015 as the STEAC Food Project partnering with the STEAC Food Closet. That initial pilot program resulted is providing 1930 lbs. of non-perishable food from over 100 donors. We are collecting 5000 to 6000 lbs. every two months from over 500 donors.

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

See all of the other wonderful things STEAC does for the needy in Davis. Visit the website at STEAC.org.

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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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Backup Drivers for food pickups, sorting donated food.

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2018 Pickup Dates:

  • Saturday, February 10th
  • Saturday, April 14
  • Saturday June 9
  • Saturday August 11th
  • Saturday, October 13th
  • Saturday, December 8th
  • Most Needed Items:
  • Canned Fruit, especially pineapple and apple sauce
  • Rice/Pasta Mixes
  • Peanut Butter
  • Pasta sauce
  • Hearty & Tomato Soups
  • Baked Beans/Pork and Beans
  • Small Oil (16 oz or less))
  • Jams and jellies
  • Small Boxed Raisins
  • Also Needed:
  • Tuna, esp. Light Tuna
  • Stews
  • Dried beans
  • Small fruit juices (no added sugar)
  • Mac and Cheese
  • Pasta
  • Canned Beans, esp. Kidney/Pinto/Garbanzo
  • Canned Peas/Carrots
  • Single serve products (pull top lids) for homeless clients
  • 1 Lb. Rice
  • Vegetarian Products
  • Cereal
  • Ravioli/Spaghetti Os
  • Chili
  • Ketchup/Mustard/Mayo
  • Canned Meat
  • For our Kids Pack program, we need:
  •  Macaroni & Cheese
  •  Ritz cracker twelve        packs (no peanut  products)
  •  Fruit cups (no added  sugar)
  •  Broth
  • Canned pumpkin
  • Canned Tomato Products

Temporarily not Needed