Yavapai Food Council is pleased to introduce Mike Newcomb as the Yavapai Food Neighbors project coordinator.
Mike comes to the organization with over 25 years of diverse experience in the logistics/distribution field, including Co-President of Echo Bridge Home Entertainment, General Manager of an Amazon.com e-commerce fulfillment center, and Director of Fleming Companies, Inc. wholesale food distribution. He and his wife Donna have been dedicated to local hunger prevention since moving to Sedona in 2013.
Across Yavapai County 1 out of 3 children, 1 out of 4 adults, and 1 out of 5 seniors are food insecure. As the demand for emergency food continues, organizations and programs providing food to the hungry are struggling to meet the needs. Yavapai Food Council is dedicated to supporting organizations that feed the hungry through innovative and effective programs, including the Yavapai Food Neighbors Project.
In August of 2013,Yavapai Food Council introduced the Yavapai Food Neighbors Project. The community based green bag project has attracted over 1650 local donors to date who commit to purchase one or two extra shelf stable items during each trip to the grocer.
Every other month on the second Saturday the donors place their bags at their front door before 9am so Neighborhood Coordinators can collect the bags and deliver them to one of four collection sites. At the collection event incoming food is weighed, sorted and distributed to emergency food providers in a 3 hour time period on the collection day.
As coordinator for Yavapai Food Neighbors Project, Mike will assist with the growth and expansion across Yavapai County. This innovative community project has already produced over 275,000 pounds of community-donated food and just shy of 620,000 meals.
The Yavapai Food Neighbors Project was inspired by the Oregon Neighborhood Food Projects and has become an instrumental component of the national Neighborhood Food Project. Over the last 3 years, the Yavapai Food Neighbors Project has provided food to 18 emergency food providers across the county and supplied over 80% of the individual food items for Weekend Backpack of Food for Hungry Student programs.
“The Yavapai Food Neighbors Project has made a huge difference to emergency food providers across the county. We look forward to growing the project in the existing communities and adding a Prescott Valley YFNP Collection site before year end under Mike Newcomb’s capable guidance.” Amy Aossey, Executive Director of Yavapai Food Council.