Pacific Pantry is open Thursday & Friday 2:00-6:00 pm and Saturday 10:00-2:00.
Pacific Pantry food bank shelves nearly bare for the holidays as Community Development Block Grant funding comes to an end. The Pacific Pantry, located at the Family Resource Center of the Redwoods, opened in April of 2018 was funded solely from a city block grant. Led by the Community Food Council of Del Norte and Tribal Lands, Pacific Pantry selected a choice-based food bank model that allowed clients to “shop” in the pantry, choosing the foods that go into their food boxes. The only one of its kind in the county, the model creates a dignified experience for clients, allows for cultural and dietary food needs to be met, and minimizes food pantry items being wasted. Pacific Pantry promotes the health of clients, community, and natural resources by sourcing local and organic food whenever possible. Local products that were frequently available included Rumiano’s cheese and butter, Alexandre Farms Milk, Woodhaven ground beef, produce grown in Taa-‘at-dvn Chee-ne’ Tetlh-tvm’ community food forest, Ocean Air produce, as well as local eggs, salsa, and other products from local producers and community members.
Due to a gap in the ability for the city to apply for CDBG funding until 2021, the Family Resource Center of the Redwoods and Community Food Council of Del Norte and Tribal Lands will be launching a multifaceted fundraising campaign to keep the pantry doors open through the holidays and beyond. We will be seeking financial support and donations to reach a $25,000 goal from local institutions, business, and our community to help us to keep serving Del Norte’s families most in need. See below for ways to get involved or donate!
We will be launching a Crowdsourcing campaign in November to reach our $25,000 goal. Please watch for the campaign launch and share with friends! We hope you will consider donating to keep the pantry doors open.
As we approach the holiday shopping season, we are asking our community to utilize Amazon Smile for their online purchases. AmazonSmile is the same service as Amazon but allows Amazon to donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. For your Amazon shopping needs please log in to AmazonSmile and choose the Family Resource Center of the Redwoods for your charitable organization.
On Saturday, November 2nd over 20 volunteers traveled to Port Orford, Oregon to glean cranberries. Volunteers donated half of what they gleaned to the DNATL Community Food Council Cranberry Fundraiser Project for the Pacific Pantry. Gleaned cranberries will be bagged or turned into cranberry sauce for distribution in the Pacific Pantry and sold to the community as a fundraiser.
Feeling sad you missed out on cranberry gleaning? Come on down to the Crescent City Food Forest today, Monday, Nov 4th from 2:00-5:00 and help clean the gleaned cranberries and take home a bag for yourself. We will be cleaning and bagging through out the week so shoot us an email to see how you can help out. email@example.com
Cranberry Sauce Workshop and Fundraiser
Friday, November 15th 12:30-2:00 Brookings Harbor High School
Brookings Harbor High School Youth Transition Program has been making and jarring cranberry sauce for meals on wheels and as a fundraiser for their program. We will visit their food certified kitchen and be taught how to make and jar cranberry sauce. Cranberry sauce will be made from our gleaned cranberries and given out in our pantry and sold as a fundraiser. Participants will get to take home jars of cranberry sauce for themselves. Please email Andrea Lanctot, firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in attending or to purchase fresh bagged berries or canned sauce for your holiday!
We will be hosting a Pacific Pantry Client Dinner and Forum to hear from our patrons how we can better serve them. All welcome to attend.
Empty Bowls Fundraising Dinner
Saturday, Dec 14th 4:00-7:00
Attendees purchase a handmade ceramic bowl and get to sample a variety of homemade soups, with funds going directly to the pantry. We will be accepting donations of ceramic bowls, homemade soups, raffle items including services, and volunteers for the fundraising dinner. Please contact us to get involved!
Empty Bowls is an international project to fight hunger. Artists and groups create and donate bowls. In some communities, ceramic artists are joined by wood turners, glassblowers, fibre artists, metal smiths, painters, sculptors, and other artists and craftspeople. Guests choose a bowl to use that day and to keep as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. In exchange for the meal and the bowl, guests contribute a suggested minimum donation. One hundred percent of each meal's proceeds are devoted to local hunger-fighting organizations, such as food banks.
The expressed objectives of Empty Bowls are:
Raise money to feed the world's hungry people.
Increase awareness of hunger and related issues.
Advocate for arts education.
November Community Food Council Meeting Wednesday, November 20th 5:30-7:00
A light dinner will be provided. Agenda includes: Pacific Pantry Fundraising and Events and 2020 planning for CFC projects. If you have an agenda item you would like to discuss, please email email@example.com by November 15th.
Food Recovery Program
Forget me Not: Updates from The Food Waste Corner
Our Food Rescue Project is underway!
Did you know?
In Del Norte county, every year nearly 4 million pounds of food goes into the landfill where it wastes uneaten and rots while emitting greenhouse gasses.
We want to change that.
The Community Food Council received a grant from CalRecyle to help us redirect edible food (edible, safe, healthy food!) that might get thrown away away from the trash and back into the hands of people that can use it.
Our goal is ambitious...and important!
We want to prevent 400,000 lbs of edible food from going to the landfill by April 2021.This program will develop a food waste management plan, educate about how to reduce food waste, as well as rescue, glean, preserve, and redistribute food.
And we need your help.
Volunteer with our project to help us rescue food about to be thrown away in schools, restaurants and businesses around the county, or join us in the kitchen to preserve the food we receive.
The Food Recovery Program has already gleaned and rescued 2000 lbs of apples from local trees for community juice pressings. On October 28th the DNATL CFC pressed apples at Joe Hamilton Elementary and handed out fresh pressed juice to youth during lunch and recess. Many kids were delighted in how good the juice was and youth got to assist with washing, pressing, and tasting through out the day.
Permaculture Mondays 2:00-5:00
November Activities will include seed saving before the rains and mulching. We also will be cranberry cleaning on Monday, Nov 4th.
Taa-'at-dvn Chee-ne' Tetlh-tvm' (Crescent City Food Forest) at College of the Redwoods Del Norte Campus
We will be working on the Food Forest at Margaret Keating in Klamath every Tuesday! We are currently advertising and hiring for a food forest intern in Klamath to assist in managing and maintaining the site. Want to get involved? email Ben Zumeta, Food Forest Site Developer at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our October Squash Workshop was a blast! Thank you to Ocean Air Farm, Cal Fresh, Champions for Change, Sunny Baker, Angela Gray, and Chelsea Baier for making it a success! We cooked and tasted over 8 different squashes, made three squash dishes, and demoed processing squash. Check out some of the pictures below.
Our November DIY will be Cranberry Sauce and jarring for our Pacific Pantry. Friday, November 15th from 12:30-2:00 at Brookings Harbor High School. We apologize for this unique time, but the youth will be teaching and assisting and we have the opportunity to utilize 5 food safe certified kitchens to process and jar our cranberries.
December/January will include seed ordering and garden planning. Dates TBA
DNATL CFC is in need of volunteers for our food pantry, food forest, and for our new food recovery program.
Do you have time to offer a helping hand?
Fill out this quick Volunteer form and we will contact you.https://forms.gle/a8k8wCJXdWPQfLsa7
The DNATL Community Food Council is working to build a vibrant local food system in DNATL that provides affordable, healthy food to all families. We can't do it alone. Please come to our monthly council meetings and check out our website and facebook page to see how you can get involved!