A Holiday Message From Phil Alonso, Interfaith Food Ministry Executive Director "Hello, I'm Phil Alonso, Executive Director of Interfaith Food Ministry. Thank you to our supporters during our Sponsor a Family for the Holidays campaign. It's really making an impact on families. I recently spoke with a single mom of two young kids about how every day is a struggle. The one thing that really gets her down is when she doesn't have enough food to feed her kids. With tears in her eyes, she told me that those were the times when she really felt like a bad mom. Since she has started coming in for food assistance, she is able to keep her cupboards and her refrigerator well stocked with food and her kids well fed. She feels better about herself and feels like a better mom. This gives her the strength to overcome the other struggles she faces on a regular basis and gives her hope for the future. This is a perfect example of why regular access to healthy nutritious food allows us to be the best that we can be. It leads to healthy individuals and families, which leads to healthy communities. She also told me that the money she saves on groceries helps her afford her other monthly bills. This is especially important during these times of rising food costs. So thank you again to all of our supporters, donors, and volunteers. You make it possible to have such an enormous impact on this family and many thousands of others. Please get involved if you haven’t done so yet. Visit us at InterfaithFoodMinistry.org or follow us on Facebook or Instagram. We’ve been feeding families and fueling hope for 34 years in Nevada County.Happy Holidays from the IFM Family to Yours" Phil Alonso, Executive Director at IFM
PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO VOTE IFM AS YOUR FAVORITE NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION IN NEVADA COUNTY!
It's time to vote again for your Nevada County Favorites in The Union's 2021 Best of Nevada County annual publication. Please take a moment to vote for IFM by going to the link provided, find the "Best Services" category and then scroll down to "Non-Profit - General" and on that list you will find Interfaith Food Ministry within a list of organizations.
If you have voted in the past, you may know that you need to vote for at least 5 different categories minimum for any of your votes to be counted toward your choice. Please don't forget to vote in at least 5 categories total. Voting for IFM in the sections listed above counts for 1 of those categories. You will need to find at least 4 other categories of your choosing, to vote for a total of 5.
By supporting the Good Food For All Program
your donations will be doubled to purchase wholesome healthy produce from local Nevada and Placer County Farms! Everyone deserves good food. Find out more about the program here or donate directly here!
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Poverty and Hunger in America & Nevada County
Poverty and hunger in America often go hand in hand, but poverty is not the ultimate determinant of food insecurity. People living above the poverty line are often at risk of hunger as well. Research demonstrates that unemployment, rather than poverty, is a better predictor of food insecurity among people living in the United States.
US Statistics on Poverty The most recent government statistics on poverty collected show that in 2015,
43.1 million people (13.5 percent) were in poverty, including 14.5 million (20 percent) children under the age of 18.
42.2 million Americans lived in food-insecure households, including more than 13 million children.
14,000, or roughly 1 out 7 Nevada County residents live in food -insecure households