The Year Round Distribution Project (YRDP)
The Year Round Distribution Project was officially established in 1992. The YRDP provides monthly supplemental food supplies to about 30 food pantries and social service agencies, helping to supply about 5,000 meals per month to families in need of assistance. The project now represents over 40% of CRFP’s budget.
The Year Round Distribution Project takes place ten months out of the year. The food pantries and social service agencies the Capital Region Food Program (CRFP) works with place an order for the amount of food that they would like to receive at the distribution. Since February 2009, the CRFP has purchased the food for the distribution through Associated Grocers of New England (AGNE).
While most months, the project operates out of the AGNE offices, there are some months in which we have special joint efforts in which we need additional volunteer help.
Each year in May, the Year Round Distribution Project teams up with the Postal Food Drive. On this day, we sort food brought in by the postal carriers and distribute it to our participating agencies.
In November, we participate in Scouting for Food. The Boy Scouts of America collect donated food and give some to the CRFP for distribution during our Holiday Food Basket Project. This is usually a Saturday in November and we have volunteers help organize the food for the CRFP.
Lastly, each year on December 26th, the Year Round Distribution Project distributes food out of the Army National Guard Armory immediately following our annual Holiday Food Basket Project. Volunteers help to sort and load the food into agency vehicles.