Need Food Assistance? Local Resources are Available to Help with Meals

students enjoying fresh veggies at a garden cart at a school 2019Due to job losses and isolation measures, many community members are suddenly faced with new challenges for feeding their families.  Our Nevada County community is working together to help those in need.  Here are some resources for you, friends, or loved ones that might need some extra help during this time.

Financial Assistance Programs Available Below

The Calfresh Program provides financial assistance to by fresh food, seeds and starts.  Many local farmers’ markets accept CALFRESH and offer a Matching Program which can double the value when purchasing fruits or vegetables.  The maximum benefit for a family of four is approximately $640 per month. Learn more about this program, how to apply, and if you qualify here.

The Nevada County WIC Program provides food assistance to pregnant women and their families with children 5 years and under.   Application is required, and services are now available by phone or video chat. 

Where to Pick Up Food & Meals

In Grass Valley, Interfaith Food Ministry offers food for those struggling to make ends meet. The application process is currently waived, so Nevada County residents can receive immediate drive-through service with proof of residency.  Their distributions are on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10am-1pm.  In partnership with United Way, IFM also distributes food the 2nd Saturday of each month from 10am-noon for working families who may not be able to make it during the week.

Food Bank of Nevada County in Grass Valley offers drive-through distributions to those in need several times a month (day time and evening too).

Seniors in Western Nevada County can contact Gold Country Community Services Meals on Wheels to apply for free home-delivered meals.  Pre-enrollment is required, and you can start the process by calling 530-273-4961.  In Truckee, Sierra Senior Services offers $5 take-home meals Monday through Friday from 12 – 12:45 pm (no one is turned away due to inability to pay).  Pick-up location is Truckee Donner Senior Apartments, 10040 Estates Dr, Truckee, CA 96161

Emily’s Catering, near downtown Grass Valley, is offering free, wholesome lunches every Friday at noon, intended for school children or anyone else in need of a meal. Just stop by and drive through their parking lot located at 421 Colfax Highway, Grass Valley.

If you are isolating at home and can’t make it out to pick up food, call 2-1-1 to get assistance, and see also Gold Country Meals on Wheels above.

More food distribution resources are available at 211 Connect.