Interfaith Food Ministry has been blessed with an outstanding level of support from the community and various agencies in the recent month, not to mention the outpouring of generosity from individuals who simply want to contribute or give back. We are humbled by the support and it reminds us that what we do here at IFM makes a difference. In a sense, we are one big family taking care of one another and when you join us in our mission of ending food insecurity, you're not just a supporter, but an active participant in the service we provide to our neighbors in need. For the reality is that anyone can be that 'neighbor in need' under the given circumstances.
THANK YOU TO NEVADA COUNTY RELIEF FUND IN ROUND 2 OF COVID RELIEF FUNDING
Interfaith Food Ministry would like to thank Nevada County Relief Fund for their second round of funding awarded to IFM. This time we received $10K from the amazing community funded grant. With some of the money we are able to purchase Chromebooks that will be used by the check-in volunteers in the drive-thru distributions. Since Covid, the check in was done manually. This will make our drive thru distribution process run much more smoothly and efficiently. Thank you so much NCRF!
BIG THANKS TO MARC CUNIBERTI AND BRAD PECEIMER
We'd like to give a warm thanks to Marc Cuniberti, host of Money Matters, and community member Brad Peceimer for their generous contributions to IFM in Marc's last match campaign. The total for this round of matching with several other community matchers, aside from Marc and Brad, brought in $6607. Brad Peceimer, requested that his donation to Marc's campaign be designated to Mountain Bounty Farm purchases for IFM clients. Being a North San Juan neighbor to Mountain Bounty, he wanted to contribute directly in support of the farm. We can't think of a better win-win circle of giving. Thank you both Marc and Brad for inspiring our community in such a giving way.
THANK YOU TWIN CITIES CHURCH'S FOOD DRIVE
THIRD MONTH IN ROW!
Our friends at Twin Cities Church have been so generous to our neighbors in need these last 3 months. This past month, they held their third drive thru food drive in a row collecting much needed food for IFM. This is not just any food drive. The volunteers, who are the loveliest group of TCC congregation members, show up at 7 AM to get the drive thru ready by 8AM. They make colorful bright signs that show gratitude and appreciation for the community who comes by to donate food and cheer them on as they drive away. It's truly delightful; you don't see this kind of enthusiasm every day. Their generosity of time and sharing of spirit is a blessing to be part of. We urge you to take part in the next one.
Normally, these food drives would be held during Sunday service, but as this is not possible at this time, Pastor John Fairchild has organized a monthly drive thru food drive, that has been incredibly successful and safe for all the community. We are very grateful for all they do.
ALBERTSON'S FOUNDATION AND OUR LOCAL SAFEWAYS KEEP ON GIVING
This month Albertson's Foundation awarded IFM twice through their Nourishing Neighbors Community Relief grants. Last May they gave us $10K, and in July we received an additional $10K plus the Nourishing Neighbors fundraiser at the register totaled $11,900! This makes a total of $31,900 awarded to IFM in the last couple of months. We are so grateful for the contributions from Albertsons and the local Safeway community who helped make this possible. All proceeds will go directly to feeding families in need.
"OUR THANKS AND BLESSINGS TO YOU INTERFAITH TEAM;
YOU FED US IN TIME OF NEED"
IFM was recently touched by the kind gesture of a past client who came back to make
a generous donation:
"Christine and I have been praying for this day to arrive and here it is, the day He provides us with the funds to donate back to Interfaith Ministry for their supporting us with food during a very hard time in our lives (Jan-July 2017) when I was laid off and seeking employment.. While we joyfully worshiped with you and the Twin Cities Church family, we became aware of Interfaith Ministry through TCC’s community outreach programs.
Thank you, Mr & Mrs O".
Paulette’s Spaghetti Dinner of Friday, October 16th 5PM - 8PM. Stay tuned for updates on whether this will still be held on the same date.
FEEDING FAMILIES FUELING HOPE VIRTUAL BENEFIT CONCERT SET FOR SEPTEMBER 12TH WITH
BOSTON RAVINE & MORE!
We are excited to share that IFM will hold a virtual live streamed concert, Feeding Families, Fueling Hope on Saturday, September 12th from 3PM-5PM, with local bands Boston Ravine, The Heifer Belles, and The Public String Band. The concert will be streamed via Facebook from our very own IFM location. All funds will go to feeding local families during the holidays.
Would you like to have your church or business be a sponsor to our benefit concert? All your contributions would go to providing holiday meals to those in need, while getting your business name and logo out in the public eye, throughout our media campaign. If interested, please get in touch with our development director, Naomi Cabral at email@example.com /
3RD ANNUAL IFM HUNGER RUN WITH SOCIAL DISTANCE AT ALTA SIERRA COUNTRY CLUB
AND VIRTUAL RUN OPTION
SET FOR SEPTEMBER 26TH!
Interfaith Food Ministry is pleased to announce its 3rd Annual Hunger Run! This year due to Covid-19, IFM will be implementing a social distance run with all the safety measures enforced as well as a Virtual option run that can be registered from another location or your home. We are currently looking for sponsors! Support feeding local families in need while promoting your business or contribute to our raffle.
Contact our development director at firstname.lastname@example.org / 530-870-0177.
WITH KARI AND KEN
Kari is IFM's newest Board member, representing Grass Valley United Methodist. She has been volunteering at IFM for about 7 months. She loves handing out the Birthday Bags to families with kids, and how the community comes together to help during these daunting times. As she is loading grocery bags into the cars, she loves seeing the kid's responses to fresh produce as well as the cakes and treats.
About a year ago, Kari and Ken met at the gym and became fast friends. When COVID hit and IFM moved to the Drive Thru model, Kari invited Ken to come get some exercise loading grocery carts full of food into the client's cars. They have regularly been coming in every Wed and Fri since the beginning of March!
When asked what inspired him to come in and start volunteering, Ken said .... "because Kari made me .... just kidding .... I've always been concerned with the food waste happening in our community, especially from the grocery stores .... it is so good to see food being rescued and distributed to those in need. I'm happy to be a part of it!"
Thanks Kari and Ken for your dedication during these trying times!!
Interfaith Food Ministry is experiencing a shortage of volunteers since the onset of Covid-19. IFM feeds over 8000 clients per year at our location 440 Henderson St. Grass Valley, CA 95945, just blocks from downtown Grass Valley.
Right now we need volunteers at our Monday, Wednesday, and Friday distributions during the hours of 8 AM to 2 PM. We also need food sorters during Tuesdays and Thursdays between 8 AM and 11 AM. Come on in to our location during any of the available hours and we'll get you started on the spot. Fill out an application ahead of time here!
THANKS TO MARIA'S RESTAURANT FOR THE PROTEIN DONATION
Thank you to Maria Ramos-Byers and Patty Brennan of Maria's Mexican Restaurant for donating food to IFM!! They are pictured with Phil, Executive Director and IFM volunteers Ben and Louie. Help support our local restaurants and visit Maria's for patio dining or take out.
AN IFM FARM GARDEN GALS UPDATE
Our development director, Naomi Cabral recently went to visit the Garden Gals at their Lake Wildwood garden to get updates on how the garden is doing this summer. Every thing was just as beautiful as can be with many of the Garden Gals present to take a few photos. The hard working ladies are growing cucumbers, squash, and tomatoes this season, to name a few. All produce goes to feeding our folks at IFM. Thanks so much ladies! Learn more about it in the recent Union feature!
A big thanks to our local farmers and Sierra Harvest for all they bring to our clients in procured and gleaned fresh produce, ensuring the nutritional needs of our community members in need are met!