Nevada County businesses serve up community for Thanksgiving |

Nevada County businesses serve up community for Thanksgiving

While most people spent Thanksgiving with their families, some Nevada County businesses were making sure those looking for a hot meal on the holiday felt at home.

Old Town Cafe in Grass Valley and Nevada City’s Rainbow Market served up more than 400 Thanksgiving meals yesterday as part of their more than a decade-old commitment to helping out their community.

Rainbow Market owner Maggie Maloney said the atmosphere was festive and fun, with the event running even later than expected for people to grab food. According to Maloney, the giving back is even more special because of the small and tight-knit nature of the community.

“I recognize almost everybody that comes in,” Maloney said. “There was a college student who came by with her family that doesn’t even live here anymore, but they wanted to come visit.”

Rainbow Market and Old Town Cafe have been giving away Thanksgiving meals for 16 and 14 years, respectively, and while both establishments plan to continue the tradition, Old Town Cafe owner Robin Buckman said he wouldn’t mind if he was no longer needed.

“We always plan for a whole bunch more (than the 200 meals they gave out) but we’re thankful when it’s less because that means people have a place to go and food to eat,” Buckman said.

Buckman said he is just thankful to be in a position to give back, thanks to his crew of volunteers and suppliers that make it happen each year, While the cafe doesn’t accept donations for their work, patrons donated almost $600 that Buckman said will benefit the Food Bank of Nevada County.

Both business owners said they’re driven to continue their work by the gratitude and community Nevada County residents have shown them.

“Grass Valley alone is a huge giving community, so I think it’s just part of our culture,” Buckman said. “You give what you can and you give as much as you can, as often as you can.”

To contact Staff Writer John Orona email or call 530-477-4229.

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