Farm to Families: Local Golden Rocks Permaculture Farm delivers just-picked lettuces for the pantry.
In operation since August, 2012, NCO's food pantry in Clearlake serves over 150 households per week.
NCO in Clearlake hosted the first "Dig-In" event for the community on March 25, 2015.
Visitors to the pantry select the items they want.
Clearlake Food Pantry
Tammy Alakszay, Lake County Community Action & Volunteer Network Coordinator
Clearlake Food Pantry: 707-994-4647 ext 123
The Clearlake Food Pantry provides food to low-income residents during weekly food distributions. We offer a full choice pantry were participants “shop” for groceries. This gives the clients a sense of empowerment and cuts down on wasted food. Our weekly food distributions always include fresh produce, some of which is purchased from our local farmers. We have a garden on-premise and clients can pick fresh fruits and vegetables right off the vine; all of the excess goes into the pantry for the weekly distributions.
NCO Lake County also offers a recycle program that awards our clients for bringing their own bags each week (usually about 98% comply). The real reason for our success is our volunteers - they are the heart of this program. We have an average of 8-12 volunteers at each distribution, and when we have a special event, we draw 20-25 or more volunteers.