Local food bank runs out of food | TheUnion.com

Local food bank runs out of food

The Food Bank of Nevada County is in dire need of reinforcements with a recent increase in the number of families the local non-profit is serving.

“Our shelves are empty,” said Bob Flanigan, member of the board of directors and former president of the food bank. “I think it’s the economy. With the housing market dropping down, we’ve got a lot of people who’d be working this time of the year, who aren’t.”

Previously, the food bank used to give emergency food to 350 families per month, Flanigan said. Now, the number of families getting emergency food has increased to about 600, he said.

With the holiday season round the corner, the food bank is facing a greater crisis, according to Flanigan.

Starting today, barrels will be placed near the entrances and exits of local grocery stores such as SPD, Safeway, Save Mart and Grocery Outlet, Flanigan said.

Donations from the barrels will hopefully help the food bank get enough supplies until the next food drive starts Nov. 12 through Christmas, he added.

“We accept all non-perishable food like flour, sugar, canned beans and tomato sauce,” Flanigan said.

As the food bank is running out of food frequently in the recent past, Flanigan said in the next board meeting “we will discuss ways to get enough food to make it through the year.”

Every month, the food bank distributes food to families in Grass Valley, Penn Valley, North San Juan and Washington, Flanigan said. In addition, those who come to the warehouse and say they’ve run out of food, get emergency food, he said.


To contact Soumitro Sen, e-mail soumitros@theunion.com or call 477-4229.

To donate food to the Food Bank of Nevada County, call Bob Flanigan at 265-4675, or the Food Bank at 272-3796.

You can also drop food off at the Food Bank warehouse at 12048 Charles Drive, No. 9, Grass Valley, or in the barrels at the two SPD Markets and Safeways, Save Mart and Grocery Outlet.

For more information about the Food Bank of Nevada County, visit http://www.foodbankofnc.org /index.html.

” Soumitro Sen

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