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United Way’s ‘Food Access Saturday’ geared toward struggling workers

Gail Stroup, left, is a United Way volunteer along with former United Way Board Member Jamie Lefebvre.
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WHAT: United Way Food Access Saturday

WHEN: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: 440 Henderson Street, Grass Valley

INFO: For more information contact United Way at 274-8111 or admin@uwnc.org

Today is Food Access Saturday.

This new United Way program has been created to help those that are working but are struggling to get by. Food will be distributed to those that participate in this new program that is geared toward working individuals who are having a hard time making ends meet.

With the cost of housing, daycare and transportation many people have a hard time purchasing the groceries they need. So far, through the program, 140 bags of groceries have been distributed to community members who are struggling to get by.

Recently United Way of Nevada County, in partnership with Interfaith Food Ministry and the Food Bank of Nevada County, started a six-month trial of distributing food on the second Saturday of each month to help resolve the glaring gap in providing food to the “working poor.”

United Way will be providing a majority of the funding and manpower while Interfaith Food Ministry will provide the facilities, volunteers and some additional funding.

Currently in Nevada County, supplemental food is only distributed Monday through Friday during traditional working hours. This gives struggling families who are working during the traditional work week a chance to pick up food. Through data, surveys, and community meetings, the United Way Community Impact Committee has been analyzing this challenge and working with the local community to fill this gap in services.

Any working individuals and families who need food can participate. For more information contact United Way at 274-8111 or admin@uwnc.org.

Source: United Way of Nevada County

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