United Way’s Food Access Saturday Brings Holiday Cheer

Don Timpany and Terri Meyers volunteering during Food Access Saturday

GRASS VALLEY, CA, Nov. 21, 2018 – On November 10th United Way’s Food Access Saturday program distributed supplemental groceries to 184 Nevada County residents who struggle with hunger. The bags included holiday fixings like a turkey, stuffing and fresh produce for the Thanksgiving holiday. Part of the tradition of Thanksgiving is the spirit of service, to give to those in need. United Way is very thankful for the generosity of donors and the help of the wonderful volunteers who work so hard on Food Access Saturday (FAS).

United Way, in partnership with Interfaith Food Ministry (IFM) has been running the FAS program for a year and a half. United Way provides the funding for the program and volunteers while IFM provides the facilities, volunteers and some additional food. In keeping with its goal of making impactful change, United Way of Nevada County continually analyzes the biggest needs of the Nevada County community. One of those needs being access to healthy food.

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United Way determined that many community members suffering from food insecurity find it difficult to get to the food distributions offered during the week. Through data, surveys, and community meetings, United Way analyzed this challenge and worked with the local community to fill this gap in services. For several months, United Way collaborated with IFM to develop a program to support the individuals and families challenged with food insecurity.

Through its efforts, United Way implemented Food Access Saturday: Uniting to Support Working Families in May 2017. Over 3,400 bags of food have been distributed to 1,525 individuals and families since the program began. Originally, FAS was designed to help working individuals and families in Nevada County who need supplemental groceries. Since its inception, the program has grown to encompass a larger population; welcoming others to the table. Through FAS, any Nevada County resident who needs food can pick up healthy groceries, including fresh produce. The distribution takes place at IFM, located at 440 Henderson Street, in Grass Valley, from 10am-12pm on the 2nd Saturday of each month. For more information, contact United Way at 274-8111 or [email protected].