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AUG / SEPT 2020
A Message From Interfaith Food Ministry 
FEEDING FAMILIES, FUELING HOPE
THE VIRTUAL IFM BENEFIT CONCERT IS NEXT WEEKEND SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12th 3-5PM! 
Phil Alonso, IFM Executive Director speaks about IFM's upcoming events.

Interfaith Food Ministry is pleased to announce
its 1st 
annual benefit concert;
Feeding Families, Fueling Hope.
The concert will be live streamed online via 
Youtube and Facebook on Saturday, September 12th, 2020 from 3PM-5PM with performances by local bands Boston Ravine, The Heifer Belles, and The Public String Band (otherwise known as Daring Coyotes), plus other special guests.  Look for the link on IFM's facebook page or website to link to the livestream concert. 
 

September is an important month for IFM because it is designated internationally as Hunger Action Month, a month where people are reminded to take actions to end hunger in their communities by volunteering, donating funds or food, or simply raising awareness toward food insecurity. In addition, IFM kicks off its holiday food program fundraising campaigns in September, where all funds raised for the rest of the year go toward feeding families in need during the holidays.
 

Last year bluegrass band, Boston Ravine’s 14 year old member Mei Lin Heirendt held a small benefit concert for IFM at the historic Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Grass Valley, CA. All the proceeds went to feeding local families in need. The community loved the performance and a new tradition was born.

IFM celebrates 33 years in 2020 with the support of our 16 church community partners, many who have been with IFM since the beginning.  The common goal of feeding the community shared by many faiths and religious beliefs coming together is one that IFM identifies with and shares proudly with our members and neighbors. 

We want to thank our dear church community partners who exemplify unity and giving during times of crisis and every year for the last 33 years in a myriad of ways, to those less fortunate in our community and beyond.



Emmanuel Episcopal Church
of Grass Valley


Twin Cities Church of Grass Valley

St. Canice Church of Nevada City

Grass Valley Seventh Day Adventist Church

Peace Lutheran Church of Grass Valley

Unitarian Universalist
Community of the Mountain
s

Grass Valley United Methodist Church 

Nevada City United Methodist Church

Sierra Pines United Methodist Church

Calvary Bible Church of Grass Valley

Sierra Presbyterian Church 

First Baptist of Grass Valley

St. Patrick's of Grass Valley

Sierra Center for Spiritual Living

 

First Church of Christ, Scientist
Grass Valley


Grace Lutheran

Would you like your church to get involved as a supporting congregation to IFM's work in the community?  Speak to your pastor or church board about joining IFM's mission and connect with us to get more information on what that entails.
Please email naomidd.ifm@gmail.com.
TAKING A MOMENT TO THANK OUR STELLAR
COVID VOLUNTEERS IN 2020!
IFM has traditionally held a volunteer appreciation luncheon for all volunteers during the summer.  Unfortunately, due to Covid that event was cancelled.  It's no secret that IFM is proudly, a 99% volunteer run non-profit organization and has been for its 33 years of operation.  This is truly remarkable and unique, but what is even more remarkable is the fact that we continue to be supported by the selfless acts of these amazing people in our community, no matter the challenges.  We want to take a moment to thank our volunteers who have supported us through the years. We understand many have had to, understandably step back for safety concerns and many continue to help behind the scenes in other ways. We miss everyone and look forward to the day we can see you all again. 

Many long time IFM volunteers have also continued to be here throughout Covid. While many are totally new to IFM, only after hearing about our need for help this year. We welcome all the new volunteers with open arms and thank you all who have been here with us through one of the toughest years to date.  We appreciate you and everything you do for our community; every single one of you. We hope to have mentioned all of our Covid volunteers, but if we missed you, please forgive us. God bless. 
Judi Wade                  
Sharon & Jim Ellisor
Stan Kessler
Rick Kahil
Maxine Palmer
Anna Gloria
Steve Temple 
Jack Bacon
Frank Bordieri
Jim & Debbie Luckinbill
Diane Chang
Marnie Ratkovsky
Mark and Kathy Allgire
Jerry Bliss
Robert & Sherri Coats
Karen Colwell
Walt Davis
Lynn Forrette 
Karla Hansen
Bill Houston
Janet Hessel
Bonnie Chase
Randy
Kari Gaul
Ken
Richard & Linda Johnson
Carol Kuczora
Del Mack
Kat Mitchell
Jim & Janice Moule
Rose Murphy
Missy Nicholls
Ben Welch
Marilyn Yerkes
Doyle and Debbi Coker
Donna & Karen Dekker
Linda Ewald 
Doris Feise
Bob Joost
Kathleen Kelly
Bernadine Lefmann
Joe Lipscomb
Mary Moyer
Bobbie Teerres
Connie Wright
Julie Clutter
Nancy Moyer
Kate Laferriere
Valarae Stinson McArthur
Diane French 
Jake Bronson
Nancy Martin 
Judy Gurley 
Glenda Daniels 
Virginie Pelpel
Mike Dobbins 
Marsha O'Keefe
Larry Jones 
Kathleen Jones 
Marilyn Griffith
Laurie Ingram 

Alicia Rist 
Mary Erickson 
Lisa Haden 
Andrew Wilson 
Kathy Pierce 
Lynda Madonna 
Orta Eckel 
Jennifer Smitt 
Chris Koenig
Jeff Biggs 
Ethaniel Biggs 
Shelly Anderson 
Eileen Jorgensen
Ariana Ward
Jemma Champeau
Jenna Freschi
Casey Ayer

Brian Smith 
Hilary Dart 
Cicely Brookover 
Dana Zappia 

Judy Kautz 
Aron Martin 
Jessica (Jessa) Jaskier
Kathy Rose 

Kenneth Rose 
Faith Lohuis
Sheryl Plocharczyk
Robert Emmett
Susie Nelson
Katherine Plocharczyk

Cathy Balan 
Cassidy Cecil 
Tyler Zwick 
Reed Bertran 
Sue Gundred 
Brad Dell
Mara Havard
Monique Mc Intire 
Karen Frediani 
Fred Pohlmann 
Andrew Bernadett 
Charlie Zimmerman 
David Retzler 
Bridget Monahan
Barry Dorland 
Jo Kennedy 
Emilie Benoit
Erik Hundevadt 
Jennifer Linn-Kidwell 
Holly Hermansen 
Judy Goldman 
James Vanek 
Antionette (Nouna)
Regan Brian Fry 

Adam Meyerson 
Greg Ouligian 
Patricia Weiss 
Carol Levow
Debra Brogie 
Jim Wilkinson 
Nickie Wilkinson 
Devan Phenix 
Stephanie Heald
Christine Strohm
Kelib Thompson

Don Feil 
Tiffany Johnson 
George Koetke 

Kimberly Hupp 
Valerie Steward 
Sophia McKean

Jack Kuehn 
Amy Powers 
Hilary Emberton
Marie Fahey 

Itamar Hernandez
Autumn Legge 

Joe Pepetski 
Ed Simonsen 
Ben Higbie
Alli Kouba
Kim Ward 
Karen Brown 
Carol Zappelli
Rose Murphy 
Theresa Clark 
Crystal Bertheau
Clink Brdlik 
Mary-Craig Caruthers

Becca Schultz 
Karen Tanner
Leah Farkas

Wyatt Curtis 
HEBER MORALES 
Gage Maters 
Daniel Paradiso
Elaine Eddy 

Joshua Bostic 
Carol Purchase 
Sandy Hakala 
Linda Grube 
Gary Grube 
Michael Napolitana
Emily West 
Carole Finley 
Peter Van Lunsen 
Wayne Teague 
Susan Cox
Darlene Weiss 

Katherine Honegger 
Trish Cunningham 
Bob Hoeninf 
Andrea Marshall 
Travis Keller 
Aison Paye 

Robin Hart
Donor Corner
THANK YOU TO GRASS VALLEY GROCERY OUTLET! 

Interfaith Food Ministry would like to thank Grocery Outlet of Grass Valley for the funds raised during July in the annual Independence From Hunger fundraiser at the register.  With community and Grocery Outlet corporate support, a total of $13,000 was raised. All funds will be put toward feeding our community in need. Thank you, Grocery Outlet and your awesome team for all your work and also thanks to the community who pitched in to help your neighbors. 

THANK YOU TWIN CITIES CHURCH'S FOOD DRIVE
FOURTH MONTH IN ROW! 
A big thanks to our friends at Twin Cities Church!  They continue to partner up with Interfaith Food Ministry for monthly food drives throughout Covid.  Please support these food drives. Visit their web page to find out about the next one. 
ALBERTSON'S FOUNDATION
AWARDS IFM $50,000 THROUGH THEIR
NOURISHING NEIGHBORS GRANT! 

Last month Albertson's Foundation awarded IFM $50,000 through a Nourishing Neighbors grant.  We are so grateful for the contributions from Albertsons.  All proceeds will go directly to feeding families for the rest of they year. 

SAFEWAY'S FOUNDATION AWARDS IFM $11,900
AND KICKS OFF
NOURISHING NEIGHBORS BREAKFAST FOR KIDS
AT SAFEWAYS IN GRASS VALLEY! 

A big thanks to Safeway's Foundation and the community for raising $11,900 for IFM during their summer Nourishing Neighbors campaign.  All money raised at the register was matched by Safeway's Foundation and donated to IFM. 

Also, a new campaign begins in September! "Nourishing Neighbors – Breakfast for Kids". Let's begin Hunger Action Month by supporting Interfaith Food Ministry and Safeway’s Nourishing Neighbors during the month of September. Together, they're  teaming up to ensure every child in our neighborhood has access to a healthy breakfast. When you visit the Grass Valley Safeways and donate to the campaign at checkout, the funds will go directly to IFM. Your donation will help us expand our breakfast programs for kids. Please support by donating at any Grass Valley Safeway cash register (Neil St or Sutton Way).
PLEASE 
DONATE HERE
Client Corner
Dale Roddy, local busker and friend of IFM shares his story. 

Dale Roddy Sings the IFM Blues at
Feeding Families Fueling Hope Benefit Concert
Next Saturday, September 12th. 


Almost a year ago we shared the story of a gentleman who has received supplemental groceries at IFM throughout the years.  His name is Dale Roddy, he's a talented busker in our town and can be seen playing music at Sierra Medical Clinic or BriarPatch on most days. He's been a folk musician for nearly his whole life and while life has had its ups and downs, he finds joy in simple things like visiting IFM and playing his music.  Check out the video (shot by G12 Productions). Dale Roddy will make a special appearance next week on
Feeding Families, Fueling Hope IMF's virtual
1st Annual Benefit Concert! 

Upcoming Events
 
  • IFM Virtual Benefit Concert on Saturday, September 12th, 2020 3PM-5PM
  • 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. Stay tuned for updates on whether this will still be held on the same date.
  • Shred Day at Owen’s Estate & Wealth  Canceled due to Covid-19 restrictions. Stay tuned for new date in fall! 
3RD ANNUAL IFM HUNGER RUN WITH SOCIAL DISTANCE
AT ALTA SIERRA COUNTRY CLUB
+ VIRTUAL RUN OPTION
SET FOR SAT, SEPTEMBER 26TH! 8AM-10:30AM

Interfaith Food Ministry is pleased to announce its 3rd Annual Hunger Run at the beautiful and scenic Alta Sierra Country Club! 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 naomidd.ifm@gmail.com / 530-870-0177. 
Community 
SPD DONATES THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS WORTH OF FROZEN SMART CHICKEN TO IFM! 
Thank you to SPD's generous donation this week of frozen Smart Chicken! Our clients will be very thankful.  Read all about it in the Union article!  


Pictured L-R are Glen, SPD   Phil, IFM ED  Jack, IFM Volunteer,  Justin SPD. 
IFM AND FRIENDSHIP CLUB PARTNER UP TO HELP MORE LOCAL YOUTHS
We are excited to announce a new partnership with the Friendship Club of Nevada County!  Through a grant made possible by Homeless Housing and Prevention (HHAP), the Friendship Club and IFM plan to partner to make sure FCC clients have all their food needs addressed in the coming year.  An extended food pantry at FCC's new kitchen has been discussed and currently, in the works is a commercial food dehydrator that was purchased by IFM and is stored and to be used at the FCC. Food preservation methods will be explored and the plan will be to teach the youngsters at FCC how to use it.
UNITED WAY AND IFM PARTNER TO EXPAND HIGH SCHOOL PANTRY AT THREE HIGH SCHOOLS THIS FALL
Interfaith Food Ministry is pleased to announce it's expanded partnership with United Way  for additional high school food pantries this Fall in order to help the growing needs of students and their families during Covid. During the Spring the first food pantry at Nevada Union was of opened; it was soon decided that an additional two high schools would offer the same service with the help of IFM and United Way. In addition, UW will have packing and storage space at the Beam Center, which is right next door to IFM and will make it very easy for the partnering agencies to work together to prepare the distributions for the  three high school pantries! UW has already been operating Food Access Saturdays at IFM where UW volunteers distribute food to families every second Saturday for those who are unable to come in during the work week. 
G12 VIDEO PRODUCTIONS FILMS VIDEOS FOR IFM
We'd like to give G12 Video Productions a huge thanks for so generously taking the time to film and edit some great promotional videos for IFM in the last year. Recently, they came out last month to interview some of our staff on operations during Covid. These guys are professional and do a great job. Thanks G12 for supporting the work that IFM does, with your talents, time, and resources. 
WENDY'S ZUCCHINI RECIPE
Corn and Zucchini Saute by Wendy van Wagner

Summer is when zucchini and summer squash are everywhere!  Zucchini is a versatile squash rich in vitamins, and minerals. It has several health benefits, ranging from improved digestion to a lower risk of heart disease. If you're curious, try adding this soft, mild fruit to your diet today.
 
Ingredients
Serves 4
  • ½ tablespoon  oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 cup  fresh or frozen or canned corn, rinsed
  • 1-2 zucchini, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon, oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • ¼ cup , cheese of any kind
What You'll Need
·       Measuring spoon
·       Cutting board
·       Knife
·       Medium nonstick skillet
·       Stirring spoon

Directions
1.     In a medium nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. 
2.     Add onion and cook for 10 minutes, stirring frequently. 
3.     Add vegetables and seasonings to skillet and cook for 8 minutes more, stirring occasionally. 
4.     Sprinkle with cheese and serve hot.
IFM is committed to providing
the freshest produce to our clients with the help of our local farms! 
DONATE NOW TO IFM
You may also mail checks to Interfaith Food Ministry at 
440 Henderson st. Grass Valley, CA 95945
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