About Us

Meet Our Founder
Nancy Costello

Starting in 1971, Nancy collected food and other donations and would drive to farm communities six days a week. Every December she organized the collection of food, toys and warm clothing for special Christmas Baskets delivered to over 1,000 families. She realized that collaborating with local generous stores and churches made it possible for her to keep food and clothing stacked on her flatbed truck. Nancy would rise at dawn to load her cargo and would spend the day making her deliveries in Salinas, Greenfield and the farmworker camps in the Salinas Valley. She continued her deliveries until May 2013, when at age 94 she turned the responsibility over to a group of volunteers. Since her passing in September of 2013, we have more than 50 volunteers that are now carrying on the work that she did.

Our mission is to collect and distribute food, clothing, furniture, books and other provisions to cover basic living necessities for farm labor workers living and working in Monterey County.

Meet Our Board of Directors

Chair

Betty Kasson

Retired Nurse Practitioner, Carmel Valley, CA

Treasurer

Arthur W. Pasquinelli

Management Consultant, Monterey, CA

Recording Secretary

Mary O’Connor

Past GM and VP of Sales in Commercial Interior Design and Construction, Pacific Grove, CA

Secretary

Jill Long

Non-Profit Administration, Pebble Beach, CA

Board Member

Rodger Langland

Retired Meteorologist, Carmel Valley, CA

Board Member

Molly Briseño

Marketing Manager, Salinas, CA

Board Member

Orlando Rivas

Community Service Food Pantry Director for Helping Others Hispanic Seventh Day Adventist Church in Salinas, CA and Worker for the Veterans and Homeless Community @HomeFirst, San Jose, CA