NCO’s Online Fundraising Auction Celebrates Local Food Security Programs

Bidding for a variety of spectacular packages starts July 29th at www.ncoinc.org

North Coast Opportunities, Inc. (NCO) is proud to present a special Online Fundraising Auction in support of its programs building local food security throughout Lake and Mendocino Counties. This online fundraiser celebrates the anniversaries of Caring Kitchen Project, Mendo Lake Food Hub, and Gardens Project, which have served the community for 5, 7, and 15 years, respectively. Bidding starts at ncoinc.org on July 29th and will continue until August 1st at 7 PM.

“We’re excited to collaborate with two other NCO programs on this,” says Caring Kitchen Project Kitchen Manager and Head Chef April Cunningham. “We share the same mission of nourishing our community and supporting local food systems.”

Auction items include a private pool party at Yokayo Ranch, various baskets loaded with local wine, cheese, locally grown provisions, and more. Additionally, a limited number of Golden Raffle Tickets are available for purchase for the chance to win a full Lake Tahoe vacation package for six! Mark your calendars, bid generously, and check your bid often, as 100% of the proceeds benefit these community programs building food security and access throughout the region.

Gardens Project creates access to locally based food production by organizing communities to transform underutilized and vacant land in low-income neighborhoods in Lake and Mendocino Counties into community gardens that produce nutritious food.

Mendo Lake Food Hub, increases access to local produce while supporting local farms by connecting small farmers around Lake and Mendocino Counties to wholesale buyers, including grocery stores, restaurants, schools, and individuals. They also provide food assistance for community members in need. 

Under the Ceres Project model, Caring Kitchen Project provides nourishing meals to individuals and families facing cancer. Meals are prepared by teen and adult volunteers in a dedicated kitchen at Mendocino College and are crafted using locally grown produce and organic ingredients.

Collectively, these programs strengthen our local foodshed and improve food security in tangible, measurable ways. According to Kelseyville farmer Sean Mooney, “Any success I had this past year was due to the Food Hub.”  In a recent annual survey, a community gardener shared that joining Gardens Project was “the best thing I’ve ever done for myself and family. I’ve been a garden member providing organic food for my family for 12 years now! It just doesn’t get better than that.”

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