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January 6, 2014
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Food bank wants rent waived for use of LOVE building

The Nevada County Food Bank is asking Grass Valley’s Parks and Recreation Commission to authorize its use of Condon Park’s LOVE building through June. After successful trial runs in November and December, Food Bank officials are calling it the “perfect space” for distributing food.

“It’s been a big challenge for us to get one location that works for us all the time,” said Jennifer Morrill, who coordinates the food bank’s emergency food assistance program.

“The bulk of our clients reside in the Grass Valley area, so this is a win-win.”

Condon Park’s layout allows the food bank to set up a drive-thru, which has reportedly received positive feedback from the food bank’s disabled clients, who say they appreciate being able to stay in their cars during distribution.

“This has given them their dignity back,” Morrill said.

In November, officials were initially concerned about the drive-thru’s impact on traffic, but Grass Valley City Councilman Jason Fouyer says he hasn’t heard any complaints so far.

“What they’ve come up with is a pretty good plan,” Fouyer said.

“They’re going to do it in the morning so it won’t conflict with Little League. It looks like they’ve taken measures to mitigate traffic hazards.”

The Nevada County Food Bank is only planning to use the facility once a month, but with six food-distribution dates between now and the end of June, they’re petitioning the city to waive the building’s $200 rental fee.

“Fundraising is always a challenge for local nonprofits,” said Morrill. “That $200 can be spent elsewhere, so we’ve asked the city to waive the fee.”

Councilman Fouyer expressed support of the request when he spoke with The Union Friday.

“We should waive the fee. I would recommend that,” Fouyer said. “It’s wise for the city to support activities that are helping people that need food — especially this time of year.“

Grass Valley’s Parks and Recreation Commission will meet at 3 p.m., Tuesday in the council chambers at city Hall, 125 E. Main St. in Grass Valley.

The agenda also includes updates on numerous projects throughout the city. Public comment is welcome, but speakers will be limited to three minutes.

Contact Staff Writer Dave Brooksher via email at dbrooksher@theunion.com or by phone at 477-4230.

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The Union Updated Jan 6, 2014 12:30AM Published Jan 7, 2014 08:22AM Copyright 2014 The Union. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.