Interfaith Food Ministries Operation Turkey is now gearing up for Operation Christmas to provide food to families over the holiday. President of Interfaith Food Ministry Sue Van Son says they are preparing for 700 to 750 families. They are asking the community to get involved by sponsoring a family for 10 dollars or better yet two families for $20, as the need is increasing.
“Over the last three years there’s been an increase. This year to date, we’re about three percent higher than last year, which isn’t a whole lot, it seems like. But we’re feeding between 700 to 750 families every week. So our facility is small and the numbers keep increasing and we want to be able to do this so we keep working at it the best we can.”
Interfaith Food Ministries is also in need of volunteers to work in their food distribution center doing client intake applications or fundraising for their new building campaign that will get underway in January.
“Our facility right now is just too small. The parking is limited. The space that we have to store food is limited. So we’re actually looking around for another facility that we could move into. Some priorities are that it needs to be close to town. It needs to be on bus routes.”
It takes 400 volunteers to keep interfaith food ministries food collection and distribution program going. To volunteer or donate you can contact Interfaith Food Ministries at 551 Whiting Street in Grass Valley or call volunteer Coordinator Pat Paddock at 268-6576, also visit their website at www.interfaith food ministries dot org. or google interfaith food ministries on You Tube. They have a five minute video that tells what they are all about.