March 2020
Donor Corner 
March 1st, 2020 was the kick off to Interfaith Food Ministry's annual March Matching Campaign.  This year IFM pledges to raise $100,000 by the end of March!  The Matching Campaign continues to be one of IFM's most crucial fundraisers, responsible for raising a third of the yearly budget for feeding IFM's 8000+ clients. In the true spirit of a 'matching' campaign, a handful of generous donors pledged the first $50,000, and the community is then invited to match the pledge with another $50,000. Last year's goal was $84,000, which was met. This year IFM increased it's goal to $100,000. Please help us meet this new goal. We'd like to thank all the outstanding folks who have already given to the Matching Campaign. If you have not made your contribution yet, there is still time!
Together we can make a difference to our community so that nobody in Nevada County ever has to feel the hurt of hunger. Find out more about IFM's fundraiser in the Union

With two weeks to go until the Matching Campaign is over, we are currently needing 10-20 volunteers to help us distribute posters and flyers. It's easy and you can do it on your own time. Sign up here or come on down to IFM and pick up a small stack. 

If you have questions, please contact Naomi Cabral, Development Director at IFM: / 530-870-0177 @ 440 Henderson St. GV. CA.

Client Corner

Making Ends Meet While Taking Care of Mom

"Martha" lives at home with her mom who is 83 years old [Clients name has been changed]. She takes care of her in exchange for rent, and in turn pays for all the utility bills with the social security check her mom receives every month. This leaves them with nothing for food.  They don't have a mortgage payment because Martha's mom owns the house they live in. However, Martha has her own health issues that prevent her from being able to work. They live on a very tight budget and being able to get food twice a month at IFM makes it possible for them to pay their electric, gas, and trash bills. Martha says, "We literally would not have enough for food with our current income. I wish that wasn't true, but IFM has been a blessing for us and because of them, we don't have to worry about how we're going to pay our bills."

Upcoming Events
  • IFM’s Matching Campaign goes until March 31st. 
  • National Day of Service with Hospitality HouseUnited Way, and Food Bank of Nevada County- Cereal Drive for our high school pantry program. Drop off cereal at IFM on March 31st from 8AM -12PM.
  • Shred Day at Owen’s Estate & Wealth is on May 2nd 8AM - 1PM.
  • Annual IFM Volunteer Luncheon in June at Twin Cities Church June 9th 12PM - 2PM. Details to come.
  • IFM Benefit Concert on Saturday, September 12th, 2020 at Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Building. Stay tuned for details.
  • IFM’s 3rd Annual Hunger Run  at Alta Sierra Country Club is Saturday, September 26th 7AM - 11AM.
  • Paulette’s Spaghetti Dinner of Friday, October 16th 5PM - 8PM. 

Walkers Office Supply, owned by Connie & Mike Anderson, located at 791 Maltman Dr. in Grass Valley is now selling handmade high fiber, gluten free greeting cards by Ronnie HartArt.  IFM is receiving $2.50 of each $5.00 card sold, donated with the generosity of Walkers and Ronnie Hart. All cards are titled and signed and come with an envelope in a clear cover. 

You'll find signature Ronnie Hart favorites like 'cheap island tours' or 'naughty Fujin' along with "Whyit Erps hare' and a dozen others.  These bright and fun cards are the perfect greeting for any celebration.  We hope you'll stop in and check out these wonderful and original cards and help support our fund raising efforts for IFM.



Interfaith Food Ministry would like to address our protocol in the light of Covid-19 concerns. As an agency that serves the public it is our utmost responsibility to ensure a safe and hygienic environment for volunteers, clients, and employees as we move forward with our mission to continue distributing food to those in need of Nevada County

What we’re doing as normal practice to prohibit the spread of Covid-19, as well as common illnesses throughout the year:

  • To protect our volunteers and clients, we are distributing hand sanitizers at the IFM work stations for volunteers and at the point of entry to IFM for clients. 

  • IFM will continue its facilities maintenance and sanitation before and after operation hours. 

  • Our volunteers who handle food always wear gloves. 

  • We are advising volunteers, staff, and clients who are sick or experiencing chronic health conditions to please stay home. 

    Food Distribution Schedule and Process:

  • We will stay open to distribute food on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 10AM-1PM.

  • For those who are unable to come in during the week for distribution, there is Food Access Saturday In partnership with United Way. This happens every second Saturday of the month, including this weekend on 3/14, from 10AM-12PM. 

  • Until we know Covid-19 is no longer a threat, we are allowing clients who are making the decision to stay home due to high risk reasons, to send a pick-up person to get their groceries for them. Simply call us at (530) 273-8132 and leave us a message with your name and your pick-up person’s name. Send your designated person, with a note signed by you, on your pick up day, when they come in for your groceries.

Please remember:

  • Wash your hands for 20 seconds with hot water and soap. 

  • Use hand sanitizer when you know you’ve touched anything in public spaces, like doors, surfaces, phones, atm machines, gas pumps, shopping carts, pens, etc. 

  • Avoid touching your face. 

  • Cough or sneeze in the elbow. 

  • It’s okay to maintain personal space when around others. 

  • Refrain from spreading mass hysteria. To date, there are no known cases of Covid- 19 in Nevada County. Once again, if you are particularly concerned in general about the spread of illness, perhaps it is best to stay home. Your peace of mind is just as important.

Volunteer Corner

IFM's March volunteer spotlight lands on Jim Schroedor. Jim has been a volunteer and board member at IFM for over fourteen years. He represents Peace Lutheran Church of Grass Valley, where he is an active member. This Lent Jim was able to be a guest speaker at Peace Lutheran and loves to share news about Interfaith Food Ministry with his congregation, whenever he gets the chance. When asked what he enjoyed most about volunteering at IFM, Jim says,"It's a good feeling to help others, clients are grateful." Jim helps with whatever is needed in the packing and distribution department. He enjoys sharing laughs and good times while working with other volunteers.

Members of the Executive Committee have mentioned Jim's commitment to IFM as being unique among many; Jim gives the best tours of IFM and he's great at recruiting new volunteers. He is always one of the first to spread the word about IFM fundraisers to raise money on behalf of IFM. Not to mentions Jim's guacamole is a favorite amongst the volunteers at IFM. You can say Jim is one of IFM's biggest fans and it shows. We are utterly delighted to have Jim as a volunteer after all these years and want to thank him from our hearts for all he does for this community. 

Community Partnerships

Last week IFM began it's new partnership with Gold Country Services Meals on Wheels Program. Made possible by a grant, IFM along with the Food Bank will be able to distribute food to 300 more seniors a month, through their new Senior Grocery Bag Program. 

Due to the many food drives that went on this winter, IFM has been stocked with an ample supply of healthy food from various partners: Safeway, Raley's, Placer Food Bank, and Church of Ladder Day Saints. On behalf of our 8,000 clients, we thank you for your food donations and helping feed our community in need. 

Interfaith Food Ministry is pleased to be part of this great community partnership that will bring food to high school students on campus. In partnership with United Way and Food Bank of Nevada County, IFM will provide food to teens who may not have food at home or unable to get to a grocery store due to challenging circumstances. Learn more about this brand new program here
Last month the kids from Seven Hill Middle School Leadership class, taught by Tim Floyd held their annual food drive for IFM. Our excellent volunteers Larry Loper and Jeff Hebert went to speak with the kids and pick up the food they collected. The Leadership class received an award from IFM for their hard work and the kids in Mrs. Bair's class received an award for the most food donations of all the classes. We love seeing kids take action in helping feed their neighbors in need. Thanks so much to Seven Hills Middle School for making this possible. 

Last month IFM was able to participate in Leah's Pantry Workshop. It was a full day of training geared toward bringing more health and wholeness to the operations of the food pantry environment.  Local leadership from various agencies who tackle food insecurity were in attendance.

Leah's Pantry is based out of San Francisco, CA and is dedicated to bringing more nutritional education to clients and restoring healthy habits to those experiencing food-insecurity. Easy recipes were shared as well as methods of engaging clients to help them adopt healthier food choices and cooking habits. Participants earned a certificate after the training. 

In February we did a wildly successful tasting using broccoli from the broccoli program: 140 clients tasted garlicky broccoli prepared in a very simple and satisfying way:

Winter Broccoli with Garlic 

Serves 4



  • In a medium skillet, steam the broccoli with water for 2-3 minutes with the lid on.
  • Broccoli should be bright green and still crunchy.
  • Add olive oil and garlic, saute until fragrant.
  • Season with a pinch of salt as needed.

 Broccoli is a versatile vegetable that is a great source of vitamins K and C, a good source of folate (folic acid) and also provides potassium, fiber. Vitamin C – builds collagen, which forms body tissue and bone, and helps cuts and wounds heal.

It can be eaten as a side dish, in a soup, salad and stir frys to name a few possibilities.

When selecting broccoli, look for heads with tight, green florets and firm stalks. The broccoli should feel heavy for its size. The cut ends of the stalks should be fresh and moist looking. Avoid broccoli with dried out or browning stem ends or yellowing florets.

Stay tuned for April, where we will be tasting Savory Oatmeal and learning new ways to use a favorite staple food!

Wendy Van Wagner M.A., C.H.E.S.

By the Numbers and the Stories They Tell
  • During 2018 and 2019 IFM served 4653 unique families and 10,126 unique individuals.
  • Of those families 2139 (46%) had at least 1 senior.   
  • In those 2139 families there were 4089 individuals of which 2624 (67%) were actually seniors. 
  • Of the families with at least 1 senior, 1180 (55%) were single families or families of 1. 
  • Of the 2139 families with at least 1 senior 1482 (69%) reported an average income of $1230/month. 
  • 587 families (27%) have at least 1 disabled individual and  279 (48%) of them are single individual families.
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