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August 5, 2020 – The need for food has grown exponentially during the COVID-19 pandemic, making the Food Access Saturday program even more critical. As the unemployment rate continues rising, many individuals in our community are struggling to get food on the table. United Way of Nevada County (UWNC) and Interfaith Food Ministry (IFM) have implemented a safe, drive-thru distribution for Food Access Saturday. They monitor the distribution closely and take the necessary precautions to help make sure that everyone remains safe. They would like to encourage all the wonderful people who care for our children and seniors, provide essential services, and make our community a better place, to utilize Food Access Saturday.

Volunteers helping out during a recent distribution

Nutritious supplemental food is distributed on the second Saturday of each month. The collaborative program has grown to encompass a larger population; welcoming others to the table, including anyone who needs food but is unable to make it to other local food distributions.

Since the program began, over 8,300 bags of food, including fresh fruit and produce, have been given out to over 3,670 individuals. Megan Timpany, Executive Director of United Way of Nevada County, said “Our partnership with IFM created this great program, which helps feed food insecure families of Nevada County.”

UWNC strives to assure individuals and families in Nevada County are able to meet their basic need for food, emergency shelter and access to health care. IFM works to reduce food insecurity in Western Nevada County. They feed the hungry, helping to sustain good health and human dignity.

The distributions take place at 440 Henderson Street, in Grass Valley, from 10am-noon on the 2nd Saturday of each month. For more information, contact United Way at 274-8111 or admin@uwnc.org.