Happy New Year From IFM! 
We hope everyone had a great holiday season. Interfaith Food Ministry is already heading into 2020 with a number of great goals and community partnerships in the works. First, we’d like to take a moment to thank everyone who contributed to our holiday fundraiser, Sponsor A Family. With the help of many generous folks and organizations, we were able to meet our holiday fundraising goals and provided approximately 5000 Nevada County families in need during November and December with regular food and holiday groceries. 
In addition, IFM was able to partner up with Nevada County Food & Toy Run for the first time in 2019; feeding 300 additional families, made possible with individual contributions made through Sponsor a Family. We saw a 20% increase from 2018 in the dollar amount of individual donations, proving that when community works together to tackle food insecurity, all things are possible. Each donation helps make Nevada County a healthier and more stable place to live. 

A special thanks goes out to our volunteers who have given their time and energy for the betterment of their community. While nobody plans to go hungry, we pledge to be here for our neighbors who need a helping hand, as times become increasingly difficult for many.  A community where everyone's basic needs are met is a community that thrives.  We wish you and your loved ones a very happy new year! Check out IFM in a recent Union article!

Donor Corner 


IFM’s Matching Campaign to be held March 1st to March 31st. Double your impact with a matching donation. 

Calling all businesses, generous donors, and groups interested in making a difference while inspiring their community to tackle food insecurity in Nevada County. 

IFM’s March Matching Campaign is just around the corner. This fundraiser helps IFM with early year expenses and in the past has resulted in feeding up to 4000 individuals for 3 months. 

We are now looking for an initiating group of donors who can help set the goal to inspire the rest of the community  to make matching contributions during the month of March. 

* We also urgently need 3-4 volunteers to help with mail out campaign letter preparation. 

Please contact: 

Naomi Cabral, Development Director at IFM: / 530-870-0177

We’d like to extend a special thank you to the Emmanuel Episcopal Church for their recent generous contribution to Interfaith Food Ministry. Back in October, Rev. Seth Kellermann of Emmanuel Episcopal organized a tour of IFM with the EE Bishop of Northern California, Rev. Canon Megan Traquair and several EE diocese members.

The visit happened during a typical distribution day. We were able to share information about IFM’s volunteer team and observe the operations firsthand. We later learned that IFM would be the recipient of the church’s $10,000 award to further help the efforts we make toward combating food insecurity in Nevada County.

On behalf of IFM and or clients we thank EE for their donation and dedication. Also, recently hosting an IFM benefit concert with local bluegrass band Boston Ravine. Thank you for all you do for our community! 


Also sending a thanks to WestAmerica Bank for recently awarding IFM with a grant. Chris Skinner Asst. VP and Branch Manager Anna came and thanked us for our work in the community and dropped off a check for $1200+ this week. We have been the recipient for some years now and are thankful to be granted in 2020. The grant will be used to purchase more locally produced vegetables for our clients.

From now until January 17th you can vote Interfaith Food Ministry as best non profit of Nevada County. Winners will be announced on March 26th, 2020 in the Union. Keep in mind you must vote in at least 5 categories for your votes to count in any single category. Go here to vote. 
Client Corner
Upcoming Events
  • IFM’s Matching Campaign kicks off  March 1st until March 31st. More info to come.
  • Shred Day at Owen’s Estate & Wealth is on May 2nd 8AM-1PM.
  • IFM Benefit Concert, Saturday May 16th. Details to come.
  • Annual IFM Volunteer Luncheon in June. Details to come.
  • IFM’s 3rd Annual Hunger Run at Alta Sierra Country Club is Saturday, September 26th.
  • Paulette’s Spaghetti Dinner in October. Details to come.
Volunteer Corner

There are a number of members in our community who, due to rising costs of living and stagnant wages, have to make the hard decision every month of buying food or paying bills. The domino effect of not being able to pay the bills can ultimately lead to utility services being shut off or worse, eviction. A month's grocery bill for a family of 2 is easily anywhere from $300-$500 and that's a moderate estimate.

As an agency that is able to provide a substantial amount of healthy food twice a month to our clients, IFM stands at the forefront of preventing homelessness. When you make a contribution to IFM, you are indeed helping prevent homelessness in your community. IFM volunteer Maxine Palmer shares her thoughts in a letter to the Union editor, on how to do so by supporting Interfaith Food Ministry. 
If you’ve been looking for something fun to do while helping those in need, our events are also a great way to help with a more flexible schedule. Do something from home and work at your pace. Different types of event committee jobs:
  • mail out campaigns
  • concert set up
  • raffles
  • decorating
  • dinner events at IFM or Paulette's
  • social media & PR
  • race set up of track and timing runners
  • invitations and/or light email communications
Contact Naomi Cabral, Development Director, 530-870-0177
We also currently need extra hands on Thursday 8:00 AM- 11AM for sorting and packing and on Friday for distributions 8:30 AM- 1PM. Feel free to come by and be given a task on the spot. You don't need to call, just show up! 440 Henderson Street, Grass Valley, CA.

Did you know that Interfaith Food Ministry distributes free diapers to parents in need through the Nevada County Diaper Project? IFM is the main distribution site in Nevada County (along with some other locations in the area).
Over the holidays, IFM received a large donation of diapers. We'd like to thankPeace Lutheran Grass Valley, CA who held a donation drive for IFM specifying diapers raising over 1500 diapers! We also thank Karen Keegan, Executive Director of the Nevada County Diaper Project, who will get the diapers wrapped and return them to IFM for distribution.
Community Partnerships
This weekend United Way at IFM will serve Nevada County residents who are unable to get to week day distributions. Food Access Saturday is held once a month on the second Saturday, tomorrow!  January 11th at IFM 10AM - 12PM.  
440 Henderson St. GV, CA. 

In addition, United Way and the California Care Force are partnering up to provide free healthcare services this weekend at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Saturday and Sunday, January 11th and 12th. See flyer for details.

Saturday, January 18th, 2020 11:00am -3:30pm
Location: LOVE Building in Condon Park 660 Minnie Drive, Grass Valley
By the Numbers and the Stories They Tell

IFM has been committed to providing educational opportunities to clients for a couple of years now with the help of Wendy van Wagner. Initially Wendy was hired through NC Public Health to hold cooking classes for our clients. At that time, the funding for this was made possible through a grant. IFM saw the value in keeping this program going and continued to work with Wendy van Wagner in 2019 under a new contract, this time doing recipe tastings with our clients who were waiting in line during distribution, while offering easy instructions on how to make the recipe at home. In particular the education has been around how to cook nutrient rich vegetables that are normally not selected due to lack of knowing how to prepare them. A special thanks to the Soroptimist International of Grass Valley for awarding IFM a grant last month to continue offering this great educational program to our clients. See some of Wendy’s stats below. 

IFM Client Education Report (July- December 2019)

July- Kale
Kale salad: 7/19 - 65 tastings 
August- Summer squash
Shaved summer squash salad:
8/9- 35 tastings 
8/12- 48 tastings 
September- Tomatoes
Caprese bites:
9/4- 35 tastings 
9/6- 38 tastings 

October- Lentils
Warm lentil salad
10/7- 28 tastings 
November- Butternut Squash
Butternut squash soup
11/4- 49 tastings 
11/6- 54 tastings 

11/8- 51 tastings 
December- Butternut
Butternut squash soup
12/9/19- 55 tastings

12/11/19- 62 tastings 
12/13/19- 49 tastings 

From July -December 2019, 569 people received nutrition education at IFM though our tasting program.

December feedback from clients:

From client, “I have never been a “squash guy” before, but after I tasted the butternut squash soup, I decided to try making it at home. I now consider myself a “squash guy”! 

One woman did not want to try the soup but when her 5 year old wanted to try it and then LIKED it, she was willing to try it and take a recipe.

 Several people commented about how special it was to have something “homemade” and it encouraged them to try the recipe at home.

Lots of conversations about how to peel and chop the squash. 

People mentioned feeling inspired to cook the butternuts after tasting something yummy, having a recipe in hand and getting a squash to take home.

Several clients passed on a tasting in line but as I came through the lobby, some of the same clients were asking for a sample after they had heard how good it was.

I noticed when clients shared enthusiasm in line while tasting, other clients were more willing to sample and many were surprised how much they liked it.

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