facebook tracking pixel Food Bank of Nevada County director steps down | TheUnion.com

Food Bank of Nevada County director steps down

Nicole McNeely announces that she will be stepping down as executive director of the Food Bank of Nevada County during a Nevada City Rotary Club meeting last week. She has been with the organization for more than a decade.
Photo: Elias Funez

Whether in a full body pig costume helping to solicit turkey donations during the annual KNCO turkey drive, or wearing a Santa hat while standing in the rain during the annual holiday drive-thru distribution rush, Nicole McNeely’s signature smile never ceases to shine through.

Last week that smile shone even as she announced that she will be leaving the Food Bank of Nevada County as the executive director of the organization, one that she has been with for more than a decade.

She will be taking on the role as the executive director of Child Advocates of Nevada County.

Julie Thornbury was announced as the new executive director of the Food Bank of Nevada County.

“She has pretty much been with me the entire time at the food bank so she knows the ins and outs of the food bank and all it has to offer, all of the things that it needs for our programs to succeed.” NcNeely said to a crowd of Nevada City Rotarians.

Food Bank of Nevada County’s new executive director, Julie Thornbury, was introduced during last week’s Rotary Club meeting.
Photo: Elias Funez

“We couldn’t be luckier to have someone that knows all of the different details.

Thornbury took over McNeely’s roles effective Monday of this week.

Before passing off the baton to Thornbury, McNeely went through a list of recent news for the organization including the housing capacity expansion of the food bank.

“The food bank has wonderfully accepted a grant for $1 million to expand capacity for the organization. It’s tremendous,” McNeely said.

“What that means is that we will now have additional space to store food.”

Rotary Club of Nevada City’s meeting last Thursday was held in part to honor Nicole McNeely and her years of service and dedication to Food Bank of Nevada County.
Photo: Elias Funez

An additional 2,800 square feet next door to the facility’s current digs at 310 Railroad Avenue will help the Food Bank of Nevada County ship and store more food as well as install a new bailer to help smash down cardboard and plastic.

During the meeting, Nevada City Rotary Club members presented McNeely with it’s 2022-2023 Community Vocational Service award in honor of and in sincere appreciation for her strong leadership of the food bank.

During the month of august, 215,000 pounds of food were distributed from five locations and over 18,000 individuals were assisted.

Over the summer, 7,200 lunches were made for area youth during their summer lunch program.

Former Food Bank of Nevada County executive director Nicole McNeely, smiles as she accepts her recognition from Rotary Club of Nevada City last Thursday.
Photo: Elias Funez

To contact Managing Editor Elias Funez email efunez@theunion.com or call 530-477-4230.


How many is too many?

Tim Kiser, the city manager for Grass Valley, presented solutions to the growing number of short term rentals (STR) within the city limits at Tuesday’s city council meeting.

See more

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Grass Valley and Nevada County make The Union’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.



Loading comments...