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Delivering fresh produce   Bagging beans after church

Distributing food and clothing in Salinas   Delivering Christmas gifts and food

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Our Nancy’s Project process changed in 2020 with the pandemic but our mission remained the same--to assure that our farm worker families had sufficient food, clothing and household goods. We weren't able to bring them the usual daily perishable food from the grocery stores, but thanks to generous donors, we gave over $50,000 in $25 grocery cards to families in Greenfield and Salinas. Some people burst into tears when they received their cards. One woman said, "No one rings your doorbell and hands you $25." But our volunteers did just that. These grocery cards were a lifeline for people too poor to have a car, and so unable to take advantage of the Food Bank drive-through pickups.

Our holiday non-perishable food drive was wildly successful! We delivered more than 125 bags of food from collection bins at Jerome's Carmel Valley Market, Grove Market, Whole Foods, Mid-Valley UPS Store, Mid-Valley Animal Hospital and St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church. Thanks to these community-spirited people who hosted our collection bins.

Special thanks to All Saints' Day School families, who provided plastic bins stuffed with food delivered to Greenfield on Christmas Eve, and who continue to purchase and bag beans for us each week.

Nancy's Project is a charitable nonprofit organization founded by Nancy Costello to distribute food, clothing, and other necessities to farm labor families in Monterey County.

Starting in 1971, Nancy collected food and donations for delivery to the Salinas Valley six days a week throughout the year, and every December she organized the collection of food, toys, warm clothing and other donations for special Christmas baskets delivered to over 1000 families.

She continued collecting and delivering food, clothing and supplies until May 2013, when failing health caused her to turn over her responsibilities to others in her organization. Nancy died on November 8, 2013, shortly after her 95th birthday. Nancy Costello's obituary, published in the Herald on November 12, 2013 tells about her life and accomplishments.

The spirit of Nancy still guides Nancy's Project. About 70 volunteers are now carrying on the work that Nancy did, loading, driving and delivering donations to the farm labor families.

Learn more about Nancy Costello in the 2006 Carmel Magazine article Saint Nancy, written by Robin Littlefield, with photos by Kelli Uldall (pdf, opens in new window).

If you would like to contribute to Nancy's Project, please click here to donate online or make your check payable to Nancy's Project, and mail it to:
     Nancy's Project
     P.O. Box 1
     Monterey, CA 93942-0001
Please include your mailing address so we can send you a receipt for tax purposes.

Cash contributions are used for delivery expenses, pinto beans and occasional other items needed year round and for the Christmas Season.


Salinas children get new shoes, thanks to our generous friends at the Naval Postgraduate School.

Thank you to everyone who donated backpacks filled with school supplies.

When children are ready for school, they feel confident. New backpacks, school supplies — they're ready to greet the new school year with enthusiasm. Thank you for making this possible by providing filled backpacks for Nancy's Project! We hand out over 200 backpacks each year. So many children in the Salinas Valley meet the new school year ready to succeed!

Bean bagging event at San Benancio Middle School.
The students donated and bagged 2500 pounds for us
with financing from the National Charities League.


Nancy's Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit registered in California, EIN #20-4130066.
Your contributions to Nancy's Project are tax-deductible.

Last updated April 14, 2021

phone: 831-920-7737

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Photo copyright © Kelli Uldall, Carmel Magazine