Two Can Tuesday
A project (you can start) in your neighborhood to collect groceries for those who need them.
A Food Collection Success Story
It began with a mission: Find an easy way for people to donate food, and for others to collect and deliver it to a local food pantry. It has become one of our most successful projects ever!
The concept is simple. Choose a day of the week and ask your neighbors to leave a food donation near their mailbox or at the foot of their driveway. Volunteers from your neighborhood collect the donations and deliver them to a food pantry. We started this in the Bridlemile, Ash Creek, and Garden Home neighborhoods on their respective trash pick-up days. The results have been astounding!
CURRENTLY, TCT volunteers are picking up donations in the Ash Creek, Bridlemile, Garden Home, Hayhurst, Hillsdale, Maplewood, Markham, Marshall Park, and Moonshadow neighborhoods. If you'd like to donate for the first time or would like to help us grow into other neighborhoods, email TwoCanTuesday@gmail.com.
We are specifically SEEKING VOLUNTEERS in the Bridlemile, Maplewood, Hayhurst and other SW Portland neighborhoods who will do the pick up for their street. We look forward to training you!
TWO CAN TUESDAY BUSINESS PARTNERSHIPS
We also involved a few local businesses, increasing the reach of our program. This way, anyone can donate to the Two Can Tuesday project—knowing TCT volunteers will pick up the donations and deliver them to Neighborhood House Free Food Market. Those generous SW Portland sites, available for donation drop-off during business hours, include:
Other SW Portland businesses who'd like to partner with us
on this important project by hosting a Two Can Tuesday collection bin
should email TwoCanTuesday@gmail.com.
We'd love to hear from you!
It's easy to start a Two Can Tuesday collection in your neighborhood. Scroll down for more information on how to launch it. Two Can Tuesday is a great way to help the community right where you live, and it's amazing how fast your collections add up!
More Than Just Cans
Two Can Tuesday can collect more than just canned food. Here are common items people add to their collection bins:
Gluten free/vegan non-perishables
Non-Peanut nut butters
Travel size soaps and hygiene products
For a current list of Neighborhood House's most-needed items, click here.
Ready to Get Started?
Here are the easy-to-follow steps to launch a Two Can Tuesday project in your own neighborhood.
Choose the food pantry to benefit from your collection. Make sure to ask them days and hours when they accept donation, and what items they need the most.
Choose your pick-up day. We recommend Tuesday because it matches the name of the event. Plus, it lets you use the mascot that's come to represent this fun project: the Toucan!
Assemble your team. Sign up your volunteers and create a pick-up calendar so folks know when it's their turn to collect the donations. Have a kick-off event in your neighborhood park to launch the event. It's a great way to find more volunteers and meet your neighbors!
Sign a waiver. It's important for your volunteers to sign a waiver. Click here for a copy of the waiver we use.
Set up a tracking system. We suggest a shared Google sheet that captures your pick-up schedule, the pick-up areas you'll cover and the number of pounds you've collected.
Call your garbage/recycling company. If your pick-up day is also trash collection day, you should contact your local garbage company and let them know people will be leaving bins, boxes or bags of food at the curb so it's not mistakenly thrown out. Your local garbage company may want to co-sponsor your collection!
Advertise! Make up a flyer and drop it in mailboxes to promote your new program. You may also want to contact your neighborhood newspaper, homeowners association newsletter and post on NextDoor. We recommend that you tell your neighbors to put their donation in a weatherproof, critter-proof container.
The key ingredient to success . . . is you!