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John Candelaria, Executive Director of Food Bank of Nevada County, Megan Timpany, Executive Director of United Way of Nevada County and Bob Dion, Food Bank Warehouse Manager sorting food donations in the warehouse

October 23, 2017 – During the week of October 9th several disastrous fires hit Northern California. In Nevada County many individuals were affected by these fires. Evacuation centers were set up and the community came together to support those in need.

One such community organization that really stepped up was the Food Bank of Nevada County. They delivered pallets of food around the county to people in need. They delivered food to places were people were being evacuated, such as Twin Cities Church. The value of this was over $4000.00.

United Way of Nevada County has recently set up an emergency relief fund policy and therefore they were able to cover the expense that the food bank incurred. United Way of Nevada County allocated over $4000.00 to the Food Bank of Nevada County to cover their costs. Disaster relief for our community takes collaboration and communication. The Food Bank of Nevada County and United Way of Nevada County have been partners for over 25 years, because of their strong relationship the Food Bank will not miss a beat with their regularly scheduled food distributions.

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The new United Way of Nevada County emergency funding policies were created because United Way recognizes that emergencies may arise in the community or with their partner agencies where it may become appropriate for United Way to provide financial assistance.

United Way of Nevada County created four new policies that may be applied in case of emergency. This emergency funding is available to United Way partners and other community programs. United Way of Nevada County strives to fill the gaps in the community in basic needs.

The three focus areas are food, emergency shelter and access to health care. United Way of Nevada County’s mission is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community.

Donations to United Way of Nevada County go into the United Way Community Impact Fund. This emergency funding comes from the Community Impact Fund. For more information about these new United Way policies please contact the United Way office at 530-274-8111.