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November 17, 2012
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Nevada County organizations offer free Thanksgiving meals

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, local organizations are finding ways to help the community with meals for the holiday.

Rainbow Market, at 16797 Highway 49 in Nevada City, will be giving out free, cooked Thanksgiving meals from noon to 3 p.m. Thursday, according to store owner Jeff Rutherford.

“We make hot, ready-to-eat meals people can pick up,” Rutherford said.

Local community group Women of Worth lost its sponsor for Thanksgiving Day meals, so Rainbow will be making extra meals this year, Rutherford said.

“Last year we made 80-something,” Rutherford said. “We will be making a lot this year, closer to 200.”

Rutherford buys the products at local discount grocers.

“We pay for most of it,” Rutherford said. “We buy a lot at Grocery Outlet, Cisco and also take donations.”

Gold Country Calvary Chapel will also offer Thanksgiving meals as part of its seventh annual free Thanksgiving dinner for the community from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday. The meal will be
served at 415 N. Pine St. in Nevada City.

“All ages, individuals and families, volunteers, homeless and people in need or even those who are alone for the Thanksgiving holiday are welcome to attend,” Calvary Chapel representatives wrote in’s community events calendar.

Last year, more than 200 people attended the Thanksgiving Day event. Along with a free Thanksgiving dinner, the group also provides care packages for those in need. The Interfaith Food Ministry offered Thanksgiving baskets to those in need Wednesday and Friday and will be offering more Monday.

“We served almost 300 families (Friday) with usually 900 total during the holidays,” said Interfaith Food Ministry volunteer Nels Nelson.

In order to sign up with Interfaith Food Ministry, recipients need a bill showing proof of Nevada County residency and a social security card for each family member to be placed into the system.

“(Recipients) pick one day and pick their food and either pre-register when they come in, and if not, they have to register,” Nelson said.

According to Nelson, turkeys are provided to large families and chickens to small families.

The food comes from funds donated to the ministry, as well as from the food bank or a food distribution center in Sacramento, according to Nelson.

Safeway grocery stores will be hosting an opportunity for customers to purchase a pre-packed $10 bag of food that will be donated directly to local food banks.

“A customer buys a $10 bag of groceries, and we send it off to the food bank,” said Grass Valley Safeway store manager Ray Garcia.

Crossroads Church in Grass Valley will be offering a sign-up list for those who would like a Thanksgiving meal, including a frozen turkey and fixings.

“There’s a list in the main office, so you can fill out an application form, and I believe it’s very simple,” said Pastor Dane Foster. “Just a name and address, and then they’ll be put on the list to receive a Thanksgiving basket.”

Foster said baskets are from donated funds through the congregation, and they will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Nevada County Food Bank also distributes extra food for the holiday.

To contact Staff Writer Jennifer Terman, email or call (530) 477-4230.

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The Union Updated Nov 18, 2012 11:41AM Published Nov 28, 2012 07:47AM Copyright 2012 The Union. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.