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June 2020
A Message From Interfaith Food Ministry 
Interfaith Food Ministry would like to thank everyone who has supported us through Covid-19!  Some of IFM's best outreach during these times has been through our many community partnerships with United Way of Nevada County, Gold Country Senior Services, FREED, and Sierra Harvest.  Through these programs we're able to ensure that the health and nutritional needs are being met of Nevada County students, families, and seniors via Food Access Saturday, the High School Pantry, the Senior Grocery Bag and the Gold Country Gleaners programs.  While the last 4 months have not been easy for anyone, we are getting through this together and will continue to do so, thanks to the community's help and these great organizations we are able to work with. 

Interfaith Food Ministry has made the decision to continue it's outdoor food distribution drive-thru on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday so that anyone can come pick up food when they need it. Until we see the numbers in Covid-19 diminish, we will continue our drive-thru for the rest of the year. The safety of our volunteers, clients, and community is more important than anything else and we have found that a great majority of our clients feel safer staying in their cars also. While the drive-thru method of distribution does have its challenges, we are finding that it improves more and more every time with the help and cooperation of our hardworking volunteers who are always ready and willing to try something new and share their own ideas of how to improve the system. 
Thank you and God Bless! 
CHECK OUT THESE UNION ARTICLES
WITH OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP UPDATES

FOOD ACCESS SATURDAY

HIGH SCHOOL PANTRY
Donor Corner
THANK YOU TO NEVADA COUNTY RELIEF FUND AND BRIARPATCH!

Interfaith Food Ministry would like to thank Nevada County Relief Fund and all the generous donors and collaborators who helped make these grants possible for our community. We are grateful to be one of the nonprofits organizations who was able to receive funding for Round 1 applications. 

Also, we'd like to thank BriarPatch for their generous contribution to the Nevada County Relief Fund.  They called IFM to be part of this wonderful photo with the BriarPatch team and the NCRF team, along with some other local recipients, to celebrate our community coming together during Covid-19. 

Read more about it in these two Union articles:  

Nevada County Relief Fund 

Briar Patch 

BIG THANKS TO MARC CUNIBERTI! 

Marc Cuniberti, host of Money Matters, has done it again!  Marc so generously decided to hold another personal match fundraiser for IFM in May, bringing in over $6600.  Thank you so much, Marc and the community who supported his fundraisers!  IFM is touched by your big heart and love for Nevada County.  On behalf of IFM and our 8000+ clients we thank you for all you do to help folks in need during Covid-19! 

THANK YOU TWIN CITIES CHURCH! 
A heartfelt thanks goes out to Pastor John Fairchild and his wonderful volunteers over at Twin Cities Church for holding another food drive in June for IFM.  We are completely grateful for their congregants and the community who went and donated food. As food costs go up in light of covid,  food drives are a great way to help us keep feeding families who are struggling during this time.  
THANK YOU ALBERTSON'S FOUNDATION AND OUR LOCAL SAFEWAYS! 
This month Safeway and Albertson's Companies held a big fundraiser at their registers to benefit IFM.  We are very thankful for all the help through the years.  The Nourishing Neighbors donations will help us buy much needed groceries as well as provide Safeway gift cards to our clients. 
INDEPENDENCE FROM HUNGER AT 
GROCERY OUTLET
For the whole month of July, Grocery Outlet will be holding it's fundraiser, Independence From Hunger.  Donate at least $6 or more at the register and 100% of the funds will go to a bulk grocery purchase to Interfaith Food Ministry. 
PLEASE 
DONATE HERE
Client Corner

We Are Grateful For IFM

Seniors like Fay are not uncommon at IFM's weekly distributions.  They have to budget their social security checks every month to make ends meet.  However, oftentimes this budget leaves little to nothing for groceries.  "Nevada County has some great agencies that help us get through the month.  We know we can come twice a month to IFM and that really helps me and my husband who is disabled.  We are grateful for their good food and friendly faces."

Upcoming Events
  • Shred Day at Owen’s Estate & Wealth  Canceled due to Covid-19 restrictions. Stay tuned for new date in fall! 
  • Annual IFM Volunteer Luncheon Cancelled
  • IFM Virtual Benefit Concert on Saturday, September 12th, 2020.  
  • 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.
FEEDING FAMILIES FUELING HOPE VIRTUAL BENEFIT CONCERT SET FOR SEPTEMBER 12TH WITH
BOSTON RAVINE
We are excited to share that IFM will hold a virtual live streamed concert on Saturday, September 12th 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 families during the holidays. Stay tuned for more details. 
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! Please stay tuned for details. Send questions to naomidd.ifm@gmail.com
Volunteer Corner
VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT
WITH STAN KESSNER

IFM's June volunteer spotlight goes to Stan Kessner.  Stan is a Brooklyn, NY transplant who came out to California many years ago. He's been volunteering at IFM now for over 10 years. He is often one of the very first volunteers to arrive in the morning and is a regular on Mondays and Fridays. He's our "go-to" volunteer for lifting and moving boxes of food wherever they need to go. Stan enjoys helping provide food to the clients and loves working with the other volunteers. He has made lasting friendships from his time at IFM. We thank you Stan for reminding us that age is just a number and remaining active and serving your community leads to a long, fulfilling life!

Community 
THANKS TO WEISS BROS. NURSERY
FOR THE STARTS! 
We'd like to thank Weiss Brothers Nursery for donating tomato and squash starts to distribute to our clients. Weiss Bros. has been a long time donor of starts to the IFM Garden Gals Garden in Penn Valley. We were delighted to give them to our clients, who were very grateful to receive. It's never been a better time to start growing your own veggies, if you have the space to do so. We encourage our clients to do the same. Thanks a bunch, Weis Brothers!
THANKS TO THE BISHOP BROTHERS FOR THEIR TOMATO STARTER PLANTS FUNDRAISER TO BENEFIT IFM
Two brothers Amari (12, pictured on the left) and Oriah Bishop (9, pictured on the right) wanted to "serve their community by helping people that don't have enough food." While "home schooling" during  COVID, they got the idea to sell some starts to fundraise for IFM. 

The boys took the project even further and began coming in to IFM every Tuesday to help sort food and pack grocery bags (in a socially distant manner). They said that the volunteer jobs they've been given have been fun and they like working with the other volunteers. We love this involvement from the youth and hope that this story inspires other kids to take action to help their neighbors in need!  Thank you so much, Bishop brothers! 
SIERRA HARVEST GOLD COUNTRY GLEANERS UPDATE 
Sierra Harvest welcomes new harvest leaders in the Gold Country Gleaning Program.  Heartfelt thank you to all for your service to better our community’s health (L to R): Phil Alonso (IFM Executive Director), Edy Cassell (Gold Country Gleaning Director), Maria Dicintio, Michael Butulia, Karen Charchidi, Paige Doyle, Jenn Scott-Lifland! 

If you would like to help bring extra fruits and veggies to those in need, sign up with the program through Sierra Harvest at this link. 
HIGH SCHOOL PANTRY UPDATES
The High School Pantry Program in partnership with United Way and Food Bank of Nevada County  was started as an effort to reach as many students in need at the beginning of the year.  As Covid affected our community it was quickly decided that the pantry would switch to a drive-thru to serve as many families as possible.  Due to the success of the program a second drive-thru pantry will be open in the Fall at another school location. The program will take a small break during the summer in order to prepare for Fall. 
EASY TO MAKE RICE RECIPE
 BY 
WENDY VAN WAGNER

Brown rice is packed with fiber because it is a whole grain with the three main parts of the grain intact, the germ, bran and endosperm. The fiber in brown rice helps lower cholesterol, moves waste through the digestive tract and promotes fullness. Brown rice is also considered a low “glycemic index” food. In this recipe we’ve combined the nutrition of brown rice with the flavor of tomatoes and herbs! We hope you enjoy the brown rice recipe we came up with Wendy and the IFM Committee!

Brown Rice and Tomato Salad
Serves: 6 

Ingredients: 

2 1/4 cups water
1 cup of long-grain brown rice
1 teaspoon Salt
2 tablespoons Red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon Sugar
2 tablespoon Olive Oil
1 1/2 pounds Cherry tomatoes cut in half or plum tomatoes (seeded and diced)
1 cup Fresh herbs chopped (such as cilantro, dill, parsley, basil, and/or mint). 
4 Scallions finely chopped

Directions: 
  • In a medium saucepan, bring water to a boil.
  • Mix in rice and salt and bring back to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until rice is tender and water is absorbed, about 40 minutes. 
  • In the meanwhile, whisk vinegar and sugar together in a small bowl.
  • Gradually whisk in oil. 
  • When rice is done, transfer rice to a large bowl, fluff with fork and cool. 
  • Toss together rice with dressing and tomatoes, herbs, scallions, and salt and pepper. 
DONATE NOW TO IFM
Call For Donation of Notebooks or Chromebooks For Our IFM Drive-Thru Check-In

Interfaith Food Ministry is looking for the donation of 3 tablets or Chromebooks to continue our extended outdoor drive-thru food distribution.  These tools would be used to check in our clients as they approach the line for their food and would save volunteer time and shorten line wait times.

Normally, this would be done on a computer inside the building.  This is no longer an option.  If you have a used and working model that can be donated or are able to buy a new one to donate, please drop them off at IFM. Contact Naomidd.ifm@gmail.com for any questions about this request. 

You may also mail checks to Interfaith Food Ministry at 
440 Henderson st. Grass Valley, CA 95945
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