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OCTOBER 2020
A Message From Interfaith Food Ministry 
THANK YOU TO ALL WHO SUPPORTED IFM's
SPONSOR A FAMILY PROGRAM
THROUGH VOLUNTEER OR DONATION CONTRIBUTIONS
IN OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER
Dear Friends of Interfaith Food Ministry, 

Today we take a moment to fully express what we feel in our hearts every day of the year at IFM; a feeling of immense gratitude for what we are able to accomplish when we bring together people who want to make their world a better place. We feel an immense gratitude for everyone who contributes in some way every year, to make it possible to continue feeding the over 8,000 less fortunate neighbors in our community. We take part in 'enriching' the well being of a person who receives IFM services, and to be able to bear witness and advocate for this with our actions in our current time, is a miracle within itself. 

Because of dedicated IFM volunteers, staff, and many generous donors in recent months, IFM was able to raise the money to distribute enough food for 3,200 western Nevada County residents in need during November, making it possible for them to share in a holiday meal with their loved ones today.  We can't thank you enough on this important holiday, during an unprecedented year with all the unexpected challenges set before us. To have one another in this space where we're able to help those in need, is truly something that we're thankful for and aligns precisely with why we celebrate this day.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Many blessings to you and your families,

From Interfaith Food Ministry 
SPONSOR A FAMILY FOR THE HOLIDAYS

This year IFM Thanksgiving food distributions were made possible through our Sponsor A Family fundraising program. All funds raised in October until the end of year go to making sure IFM has enough food to give out in November and December, including holiday meals for our established clients and those who only come when unable to meet the additional expenses that the holidays bring to their food budgets. IFM spends an additional $50K on holiday food, doubling what is normally spent for food in the months of November and December. Our goal for Sponsor a Family is 100K.

Thanks to the contributions of many donors, IFM has raised $48,820 since October. These donations go to immediate use, with most of these funds already spent in November. Help us reach our goal in December. We want to make sure absolutely no one feels the hurt of hunger during this holiday season of heightened need, due to Covid. Thank you for your contributions. You can donate online or mail your check to IFM 440 Henderson st. Grass Valley, Ca. 95945

IFM IN THE UNION ARTICLE WITH RIVERHILL FARM AND FOOD FOR ALL 
Today IFM was featured on the Union's front page story for it's collaboration with Riverhill Farm through their match program, Good Food For All. The program was made possible as an effort to get IFM the best produce for its clients every season by making sure a certain amount is earmarked for the expense. Riverhill pledges to raise $15K this year and IFM will match the funds for a total of $30K in wholesome healthy produce from Riverhill Farm. One of IFM's client's was also interviewed for the story, sharing heartfelt thoughts about how IFM has helped her and her family. Read the article for details and big thanks to the Union for featuring IFM's work as the front page story on Thanksgiving Day! 
HUNGER RUN RESULTS! 
Last October we were able to wrap up IFM's 3rd Annual Virtual Hunger Run. Thanks so much to our Hunger Run participants this year: Phil Alonso, John Luisetti, Mike Griffin, Joshua Griffin, Robyn Lesnewsky, Rick Kahil, Rita Kahil, John Darlington, Tammie Angove, Lillian Glaeser, Bob Glaeser, Lynne Hurrell, Marnie Ratkovsky, Tammie Angove, Raymond Wright, Kari Gaul, Naomi Cabral, Brian Dowling, D Drue Mathies, Kathleen Minor, Dale Pistone, Shirly Hall, Michael Buzbee, Savannah Walker, Diane Chang, JoLynn Haines, Joseph Haines, Aiden Haines, and Darryl Beardall.

The following are the results for all participants who submitted their times in order of first, second, third place within their age categories. Congratulations to:
 
Joseph Haines: 5k run (11-14 age group) 17 min 15 sec
Joshua Griffin: 5k run (11-14 age group) 22:01
John Luisetti: 5k run (11-14 yr) 24.39
Aidan Haines 5k run (11-14 age group) 29 min 45 sec
Savannah Walker: 5k run (20-29) 36min 38sec
JoLynn Haines 5k walk run (30-39) 45 min and 10 sec
Mike Griffin: 5k run (45-49 age group): 23:48
Brian Dowling: 5k run (60-69) 27.5
Michael Buzbee: 5k run (60-69 age group) 29:14
Robin Lenewsky: 5K walk (60-69) 22.44 (most) miles walked! 
Drue Mathies : 5k run (73) 28 mins
John Darlington: 5K run (70-79 mens division) 32:44.9
Raymond Wright: 5K run (82 YO male) run time was 33:12
Lynn Hurrell (80) 3.2 miles  time 42 min 0312 80 age 
Darryl Beardal: 5k run (84) 55 min


A monumental thanks to our sponsors this year:
 
Peter's Drilling and Pump Service

River Valley Community Bank

BriarPatch Food Co-Op

Economy Pest Control 

Gold Country Grand Prix

Starbird Graphics

Thank you again for your support. $2000 was raised and 100% of proceeds went to IFM's holiday food program; Sponsor a Family.  If you didn't get a chance to support our run this year you can make a donation here on Facebook or you can send payment to IFM 440 Henderson st. Grass Valley, CA, 95945. You may also send an online payment to: 
https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/interfaithfoodministry
See you next year for IFM's 4th Annual Hunger Run! 
A BIG THANKS TO PAULETTE'S

Thanks to the generosity of Paulette and John Rickard of Paulette's Country Kitchen IFM was able to hold it's annual October spaghetti dinner fundraiser at the popular Grass Valley restaurant, this year.  The food was great as always and we had an exceptional show of brand new volunteers ready to take the torch for this year's event. We want to thank everyone who came out to support the fundraiser dinner. Curbside was offered and a nice raffle was held. It was a pretty fun night and while the contributions were not as high as in previous years, due to Covid, we still felt the warmth and charitable hearts of all who attended and spent time with us that evening. Just under $2000 was raised with 100% if that going to IFM's Sponsor a Family food program.

Please support Paulette's next time you can by dining in or ordering take out. The food is amazing and the staff is just lovely. It's not an easy time for local restaurants having
to operate under Covid restrictions and we encourage you to go by there next time you eat out.
Located at:
 875 SUTTON WAY GRASS VALLEY, CA 95945
PHONE: (530) 273-4008
HOLIDAY GREETINGS WITH RONNIE HART ART AT LUCCHESSI'S
I was able to catch up with Ronnie Hart, a local artist who for over four years now has been donating all the proceeds of her art prints to benefit IFM!  When I spoke with her she said,"Now that I'm retired, I have time to do what I love. I have an art degree from Sac State, however I didn't get to make art for a living. I worked in jewelry sales and after I retired, I decided to get back into it." 

Ronnie entertained her little grandson with her whimsical images that led her to create a collection of fantasy art, otherwise known as 'mongee' art, her grandson's own special word for 'monster' art.  Ronnie realized that she wasn't so much concerned with starting a whole new art career; what she wanted to do was something positive with her artwork. Laurie her sister had been a long time volunteer at IFM and a connection was made with then, executive director Sue Von Son. "I met Sue and I made a donation from some art that I sold. I enjoyed seeing the results of that and decided to keep going." To date, Ronnie has raised over $6000 for IFM with her art.  Currently, her greeting cards are being sold at Walker's Office Supply and
Lucchesi Vineyards & Winery Tasting Room.  Both locations are donating all the funds from card sales to IFM.  We hope you will stop in and see the new artwork and buy a special locally made art card for a loved one. A big thanks to Ronnie Hart, Walkers, and Lucchesi's for supporting feeding local families in such a creative way.  
ART BAGS WITH LWW ART CLUB

Interfaith Food Ministry would love to give a huge thanks to the Lake Wildwood Art Club and their club president Cherie Merrifield, for their generous donation of art totes filled with various art supplies for our clients with kids! What an amazing gift it was. We passed them out to clients with kids at home during distributions in October. The bags were a total hit! The joy that would come over the kid's faces when they opened their art bags was priceless. What a wonderful and creative gift in a time when parents struggle with home schooling their kids during Covid. We can't thank the LWW Art Club enough for thinking to do this for IFM's client families. 
FOOD DRIVES AND FOOD DONATIONS MAKE A HUGE IMPACT

Food drive, farm gleans, and food donations continue to be a fantastic way to help IFM, especially during the challenges we are facing during Covid. The level of effort and hard work that goes into these 'foodraising' events is incredible to say the least and the results are equally amazing. 

During the month of November we saw Twin Cities bring in more than a couple thousand pounds of non perishable food through its monthly drive through food drive at Twin Cities Church. Mostly supported by TCC congregation members, the community is invited to come by from 8AM - 10:30AM on their (usually) 3rd Fridays and make a food or check contribution to IFM. Having held the food drives since Covid began earlier this year, TCC has collected approximately 20K lbs. of food this year to IFM along with more than $1000 in checks. We thank Pastor John Fairchild and the good folks at TCC, as well as IFM volunteers for making this possible. 

In October and November, the Lake Wildwood community hosted a food drive to benefit IFM.  IFM gives a special thanks to Mike Zemetra, Chair of the LWW Community Relations Committee, Donna Brazil, Director of LWW Operations & Administration, the Lake Wildwood Association and residents of LWW for holding the the food drive. ‘Just under a ton of food was collected’, said Rick Kahil the vice president of IFM Board who organized the event with Mike Zemetra. Big thanks to Rick Kahil, for doing the weekly food pick ups from LWW to IFM. In addition to 1750+ lbs of food collected, $658 was raised for IFM from LWW members, towards the food drive.

Just last weekend Sierra Pines United Methodist Church held a food drive for IFM raising 1000 lbs. of non perishable food for IFM! They were kind enough to organize the whole thing and get their community out there to support. Thanks to our excellent volunteer drivers, Frank and Steve who were there to help load it all up and thank you Sierra Pines for your successful first time food drive for IFM! 


A big thanks to Sierra Harvest Gold Country Gleaners and Johansen Ranch for the 6000 lb. squash glean to IFM this month. Sunset Ridge Farm donated 600 lbs. of pink lady apples for our clients, and BriarPatch donated several boxes of mixed green salad to our clients as well, all in time for Thanksgiving! We thank you for all you do to help keep our community healthy! 

Angels Among Us Veterans Event 
Back in late September IFM was invited to be part of a wonderful event held by the local Veterans group. The event held at Memorial Park in Grass Valley: Angels Among Us. The purpose was to thank and recognize the various organizations and members in our community who are there to help in times of need.  IFM, Development Director Naomi Cabral was there to represent IFM. "It was an honor to be included in this event and we hope to be part of it for years to come", said Naomi. 
GIVING TUESDAY IS ON DECEMBER 1st! 
Thanksgiving is just about behind us but IFM is just getting started with the second half of it's holiday fundraising campaign. On December 1st it will be Giving Tuesday. This is an international campaign that started years ago by several nonprofits in order to designate a day of giving to one's favorite cause. We encourage you to please make a donation to |FM on Giving Tuesday. You can donate to our online link, on Facebook, or by mailing a check to IFM at 440 Henderson St. Grass Valley, Ca. and please note on the memo that it's for Giving Tuesday. If you are on Facebook you can share our current Facebook fundraiser, which is a great way to give and also share with your network why you feel strongly about supporting the work that IFM does. 
We hope you and your family are enjoying your Thanksgiving holiday. Despite the challenges we have met this year, IFM volunteers and donors have given selflessly and continue to inspire us with their generosity. Here are just a few photos of our fabulous volunteers giving out holiday distribution to our community in need in November. We thank you for your service. 
Many blessings for all you do.
Thank you, from Interfaith Food Ministry. 
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