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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What's the Food Project about?
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Results for April

The April donations equaled 4750 pounds. The morning rain drove us inside for our sorting. Always a bit crowded when we do this, but our volunteers did a great job in taking on individual tasks to keep us organized and efficient.

The STEAC Food Project is now up to 440 Food Donors with 32 Neighborhood Coordinators(NC). We still have a couple of NC gaps in west Davis and central Davis.

 Robert Chung checking over donations


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 64 oz. containers of oil.

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 they 'best by' or 'use by' dates.

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 over 5000 lbs. every two months from over 400 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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2017 Pickup Dates:

  • Saturday, February 11th
  • Saturday, April 8th
  • Saturday, June 10th
  • Saturday, August 12th
  • Saturday, October 14th
  • Saturday, December 9th

Most Needed Items:

  • Canned Vegetables
  • Canned Fruit
  • Small Cooking Oil
  • Juice (esp. low sugar)
  • 1 Lb. Rice
  • Baked Beans/Pork and Beans
  • Snack cheese or peanut butter filled crackers (for our Kids Packs program)
  • Also Needed:
  • Vegetarian Products
  • Chili
  • Ketchup/Mustard/Mayo
  • Dried beans
  • Rice/Pasta Mixes
  • Canned Tuna
  • Cereal
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Hearty & Tomato Soups
  • Canned Tomato Products
  • Canned Meat
  • Canned Beans
  • Canned Ravioli/Spaghetti Os
  • Broth
  • Canned pumpkin

Temporarily not Needed