Local food closets serving community members in need and the Yuba-Sutter Food Bank will benefit from a highly successful first-time Yuba-Sutter-Colusa United Way “Cash for Food” drive held locally this summer.
Traditionally, outlets providing food to individuals and families in the three-county area hits a low point in inventory each summer. In years past, the local United Way has held a traditional food drive, which last year raised 35,000 in food.
This year, a new program was launched, designed to collect cash donations so that the local food closets and food bank could purchase the nutritious foods they need to fill in gaps in their inventories.
So, thanks to 93 individuals and business donors in Yuba, Sutter and Colusa counties, the drive topped its goal and brought in $15,541.
The largest single donation being $5,105 from the Grocery Outlet store’s annual “Independence from Hunger” drive in July. Other large donations came from the Peach Bowl Lions Club, Yuba County employees, Colusa Casino Resort and employees of Sierra Central Credit Union.
One-hundred precent of the funds will go to 11 local food closets in Yuba-Sutter and Colusa counties and to the Yuba-Sutter Food Bank to provide as much as 81,000 pounds of food to people in need. Y-S-C United Way covered all of the costs of running the drive.