What We Do

In addition to providing food donations we help with these life necessities:

  • Warm Blankets
  • Clothes
  • Premie Baby Hats
  • Christmas Gifts
  • Furniture 


By this means, I wish to report on the number of people who received rice, beans, canned goods, and all the other items donated by the Rice Plus Project (P.O.Box 1264, Carmel, CA, 93921).

To Ms. Sandhya Kolar and her husband Ramesh, and to all those who participate by volunteering or making contributions, I wish to inform you that 56 couples with a total of 75 children between the ages of 1 and 13 received these donations, for a total of 131 family members.

On their behalf, we, Rodolfo and Domitila, and our daughter Yoely, as well as all the families, convey our thanks and... read more

Rodolfo and Domitila

I wanted to thank you all for your continued and consistent support of our families at Natividad. Your gifts of clothing and blankets make the difference for our families, especially considering this has been one of the most financially stressful years for everyone. The clothes and blankets may be the only things they have for their babies! We have recently experienced a tremendous increase in overall birth numbers. This has been exceptionally wonderful and yet concerning, too. We expect record numbers for the last three months. If this is a precursor to the coming year, we will definitely... read more

Lisa Tucker

My name is Cindy Engebretsen and I work as a Family Advocate with Pajaro Valley Unified School District in Watsonville. I work with homeless and at-risk families. I began volunteering with the Rice plus Project  in 2007. Every month I receive at least five bags each of rice and beans, canned goods, toilet paper, and used clothing from the project. I take these to my high school and distribute them to needy families. These can be farm workers, single parents, or anyone who needs assistance. I have repeat families that come in every month. This food truly makes a difference to these families... read more

Cindy Engebretsen