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United Way Looks To Fill Food Need Gap

United Way of Nevada County has identified another need for 2017, based on research that’s been conducted over the last year. Executive Director Megan Timpany says a study of all counties, from the statewide organization, identifies 4,561 households in Nevada County who make minimum wage and are living below what’s called “Real Cost” measures. That estimates the incomes needed to meet basic needs…

click to listen to Megan Timpany

Other critical expenses include food, health and child care, and taxes. But Timpany says these people are still above the Federal Poverty Line, and are not eligible for government assistance. So they go to local food distribution centers set up by charitable organizations. That includes Interfaith Food Ministries, which says around 60% of their clients have some sort of income. But Timpany says these centers are only open Monday through Friday during business hours, when many are working…

click to listen to Megan Timpany

So Timpany says they’re working with IFM to come up with a program that will feature Saturday distributions, which they hope to offer next spring. She says the number of struggling poor who fall into this category is estimated at 22% of the community.

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