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September 11, 2020 – This week’s power outage (PSPS) will further impact those individuals and families already struggling to make ends meet during the COVID-19 pandemic. United Way of Nevada County (UWNC), in collaboration with Interfaith Food Ministry (IFM), will be distributing supplemental groceries this Saturday, September 12, during the Food Access Saturday program.

This community-based food program supports working individuals and families, students, caregivers, and those experiencing food insecurity that cannot access resources during the week. Anyone who would benefit from additional groceries is encouraged to participate. Marianne Cartan, United Way of Nevada County Board Member, said, “As the newest UWNC board member, it has been a pleasure to support Food Access Saturday. I could immediately see the benefit to those in need of food for themselves and their families.”

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To date, more than 8,300 bags of food, including fresh fruit and vegetables, have been distributed to more than 3,600 individuals. As needs within the community increase, UWNC is continuing to expand this program to ensure that every Nevada County resident has access to healthy, nutritious food. Food Access Saturday takes place every second Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Interfaith Food Ministry, 440 Henderson Street in Grass Valley.

UWNC has been serving Nevada County residents for 38 years. Its mission to “Improve lives by directing community resources to local needs.” has led to the creation of Food Access Saturday, the High School Food Pantry, and a free 2-day Healthcare Clinic. IFM works to reduce food insecurity in Western Nevada County. They feed the hungry, helping to sustain good health and human dignity. For more information, contact United Way at 274-8111 or admin@uwnc.org.