The Neighborhood Food Project

What is the Neighborhood Food Project?

It’s America’s first neighborhood-based food donation program!  Every two months, volunteers go door-to-door, picking up food from their neighbors.  It’s the easiest, most effective, most empowering way to organize community support for local food banks and pantries.

The NFP was neighborhood food project L&Ffounded in Ashland, Oregon in 2009, and today there are more than 30 Green Bag programs around the United States!

The Town of Groton began a pilot NFP in 2014 and built a strong program, added many new neighborhoods, collected an amazing amount of food and truly made a difference.

In 2016, Loaves & Fishes decided to establish a program for Ayer, Devens, Harvard, Littleton and Shirley.  With the support of grant funding, we too have been successful!  In 2019, we added Dunstable to our service area.

In 2022, the Groton Neighborhood Food Project merged into the Loaves & Fishes Neighborhood Food project.

Our plan is to continue to expand this effort, with your help, we can do just that!


If you reside in Ayer, Devens, Dunstable, Groton, Harvard, Littleton and Shirley, please contact John Cauley at 978-772-4627, x318 or by email

2023 NFP Collection Dates

  • January 7
  • March 4
  • May 6
  • July 15
  • September 16
  • November 4

2023 Groton Collection Dates

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

Lifting and feeding our neighbors since 1983.