During the summer months, the need for food assistance increases for lower income families because children are out of school but donations at local food closets typically decrease during this time.
Each year, the Yuba-Sutter-Colusa United Way runs a “Cash for Food” drive at the beginning of summer. Last year the drive raised more than $15,000.
“The concept of raising money for local food closets has received great reviews from the food closets which collect and dispense foods as the cash donated allows the food closets to purchase what is needed to round out their summer inventory, instead of taking just what product is donated,” said Bob Harlan, Executive Director of Yuba-Sutter-Colusa United Way. “In addition, if we raise our 2019 goal of $18,000, the equivalent number of pounds could reach 90,000 because of the food closet’s buying power with cash.”
According to Harlan, 100 percent of the proceeds will go to 11 local food closets and the Yuba-Sutter Food Bank to purchase nutritious non-perishable foods for individuals and families in need this summer.
The food organizations that are participating in the program include: Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Colusa; Catholic Ladies Relief Society; Christian Assistance Network; First Presbyterian Church of Marysville; Foothill Food Pantry; Marysville First United Methodist Church; The Salvation Army; St. Andrew Presbyterian Church; St. Vincent de Paul; Twin Cities Rescue Mission; The Yuba-Sutter Food Bank; and St. John’s Episcopal Church.
The “Cash for Food Drive” will run through June 30.
Those interested in donating can do so online at www.yscunitedway.org. Donations will also be accepted over the phone by calling 743-1847 or texting FoodDrive (no space) to 41444, and by mailing or in person dropping off a check made out to “YSC United Way” at 1521 Butte House Road, Suite C, Yuba City, 95993.
For more information, contact the Yuba-Suter-Colusa United Way at 743-1847.