Lake Boon Food Project

Building Community—Sharing Food—Here’s How to Help!


Dropping off donations at the Hudson Food Pantry

The Lake Boon Food Project started in 2013 when lake resident Kelly McCausland visited Ashland, Oregon and learned about how residents there supported the Ashland Emergency Food Bank through a simple, door-to-door food collection.

Kelly brought the idea back to Lake Boon and we’ve been collecting six times a year for our own local Stow and Hudson Food Pantries ever since—more than 15,490 pounds of food so far!

Want to help? It’s easy!

    1. Contact Barbara Clancy at She’ll put you on the pick-up list and get you a Lake Boon Food Project bag.
    2. Then just buy one extra nonperishable food item each week and store it at home in the bag. See below for a list of suggested items.
    3. Leave the bag out by 5 p.m. on collection day, and volunteers Cindy Curley, Ellen Krag and Carolyn McDonald will pick it up and leave you an empty bag to fill for next time.

Sorting Lake Boon donations at the Stow Food Pantry

We pick up six times a year, and our collection dates for 2020 will be…

    • Wednesday, January 8
    • Wednesday, March 4
    • Wednesday, May 6: Note that this pickup has been cancelled due to COVID-19
    • Wednesday, July 8
    • Wednesday, September 9
    • Wednesday, November 4

    All these dates are “weather permitting”–we may postpone the pickup by a week if the forecast is very snowy or rainy.

    Suggested donation items:

    • Cereal
    • “Meals in a can:” hearty soups, beef stew, canned ravioli
    • Canned chicken or tuna
    • Canned fruit and fruit cocktail
    • Canned vegetables (low sodium products are appreciated!)
    • Cooking oil
    • Canned beans
    • Healthy snacks: granola bars, crackers
    • Coffee & tea
    • Flour, sugar, or baking mixes
    • Rice mixes or instant potatoes
    • Tomato products–sauce, canned tomatoes and paste
    • Pasta
    • Peanut butter
    • Jelly
    • Feminine Hygiene Products
    • Toilet Paper and other paper products
    • Toothpaste

    We are happy to answer your questions! Email Barbara at, or call/text 978-793-4301. Thank you for your interest in the Lake Boon Food Project!

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