Protein, Produce and Pennies is a food drive motivated to get healthy foods into hungry bellies.  Protein is one of the most efficient and long lasting energy sources that the human body can utilize.  The average person needs 6-8 ounces per day.  We ask for shelf stable proteins, such as canned tuna and chicken, beans, nuts and nut butters.

We work with local businesses who help to Feed Fayetteville by hosting a PPP food drive. During a PPP food drive, items requested include fresh produce grown in your garden, purchased from the grocery store, or from the Farmers’ Market. We are at the Fayetteville Farmers Market every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday collecting fresh produce donations for hunger relief.  This fresh produce will be distributed to local food pantries and community meal kitchens, and also preserved for winter distribution.

Monetary donations are used to purchase bulk amounts of healthy whole grains, proteins, and fresh produce.

Suggested donation items for food drives:

  • Oats/Oatmeal
  • Brown Rice
  • Lentils
  • Dried Beans
  • Quinoa/Whole grains
  • Jerky
  • Dried fruit
  • Nuts/Seeds
  • Granola/Trail Mix
  • Canned Tuna/Salmon
  • Nut/seed butters i.e Peanut, Almond or Sunflower seed butter

Food for Fees

Food for Fees allows Fayetteville Public Library patrons to exchange canned goods and other healthy foods for library overdue fees.  $1 credit was given for each item donated.  In November of 2011, 2,700 pounds of food was donated.  In November of 2012, we broke the previous years record and collected 3,400 pounds of food. Both years the food collected was donated to Cooperative Emergency Outreach food pantry.


Canning Hunger is a combined effort of Feed Fayetteville and area churches. Produce donated by local farms is preserved so that community meal programs in Fayetteville can still serve local, delicious and nutritious fruits and vegetables in the winter months. Canning Hunger is a great way for community members to learn the age-old art of canning and preserving while also increasing the amount of local produce being served to those who are hungry within the community. Much of the produce that is preserved comes from the CareCropping partnership with Seeds that Feed.