Nevada County food bank will resume distribution |

Nevada County food bank will resume distribution

After a four-year lapse in food distribution to the Truckee area, the Food Bank of Nevada County will once again provide U.S. Department of Agriculture commodities food beginning Aug. 17 on the third Tuesday of every month.

The food bank will join Project MANA, which distributes food on a weekly basis at the Truckee Donner Community Center to those area residents in need.

Every Tuesday Project MANA staff and volunteers distribute a variety of non-perishable items, dairy products and produce to individuals and families.

The food bank, a United Way agency, has been unable to deliver foods on a regular basis for the past four years due to vehicle access during inclement weather.

“The problem is that area hasn’t been receiving this (state designated) service for awhile,” said Rachel Brown, executive director of the food bank. “We’re trying to fill that gap that hasn’t been happening.”

Winter problems

Based in Grass Valley, the food bank did not have the proper vehicle to provide service to the Truckee area, especially during winter storms.

However, it recently purchased a new vehicle with state grant money.

“We feel like it’s going to be pretty reliable,” said Brown.

According to Project MANA statistics, MANA distributes food to approximately 550 households in the Truckee area on a regular basis.

Project MANA has been able to meet this need over the past four years in the food bank’s absence, but will gladly accept the extra resource.

“That’s one of the reasons why project MANA is here, because the state agencies can’t always make it up here in the snow,” said Ethan Timm of Project MANA

Figuring out needs

Brown said the food bank has not determined what that actual needs are in this area, but they will be assessed when they start deliveries and probably determined in a couple of months.

“Once we start serving the community we’ll have a better feel of who needs the services in Truckee,” she said.

“It’s important for the community to understand that we distribute to people that follow our guidelines no matter how long they need our services.”

Project MANA will provide different types of food than the food bank, said Timm, because half of the food they receive are rescued food from local stores.

“We’ve really expanded our pick-up of food from the community,” said Timm.

Rescued food is food donated by the stores that has expired the date they must sell by.

They receive rescue food from the larger local grocery stores as well as smaller stores that sell organic goods.

Because Project MANA also relies greatly on community donations, donations in the form of food or money are always needed.

“Food donations are always appreciated. It helps us so we don’t have to buy the food and it also gets the community involved which is good,” said Timm.

If interested in donating nonperishable food items, contact Project MANA at 582-4079.

Food distribution times:

– Food Bank of Nevada County, third Tuesday of every month from 12 to 1 p.m. at the community center downtown

– Project MANA, every Tuesday from 12 to 1 p.m. at the Truckee Donner Community Center downtown

For information, call the Food Bank of Nevada County at 272-3796 or Project MANA at 582-4079.

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