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New & Improved Food Pantry Coming to FRC Soon!

posted Oct 8, 2020, 5:21 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Oct 8, 2020, 5:31 PM ]

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

It’s been a long time coming, but San Juan Ridge’s new Oak Tree Food Pantry will be worth the wait. In March, just as the pandemic was beginning to rear its ugly head, a break-in was attempted at the FRC’s Food Pantry. The metal door was pried and misshapen to such an extent that the room was no longer secure, so all the food was moved off site and distributed to those in need from a new location. Although the door was eventually replaced, we realized that community need had outgrown the existing pantry space and began to pursue a bigger and better alternative.

Nevada County Food Bank Director Nicole McNeely has stated that the number of Nevada County residents served by the food bank has risen from last year’s 2,500 to over 10,000 this year. It seemed obvious that, not only had we outgrown our old food pantry space, but community need had risen. At its spring board retreat, Twin Ridges Elementary School District Board of Trustees approved use of the Oak Tree School kitchen for food storage and distribution. Kitchen repairs were assessed and estimates were submitted. With the assistance of PARTNERS Coordinator Laura Harter, the San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center requested $3,000 from the Nevada County Relief Fund.

Once the funds were granted, we set to work. A sagging and broken ceiling was repaired. The roof and exterior walls were pressure washed. The perimeter of the building was cleared of all debris. After the removal of large defunct appliances, a team of cleaners will eagerly descend upon the old kitchen and make it shine. After a new coat of paint, new appliances will be moved in, as well as food donated by the food bank and toiletries purchased with Relief Fund monies. We hope to be up and running by next month. 292.3174 for info.

As is true in most cases, it is taking time to achieve the vision of a new and improved food pantry for the San Juan Ridge Community. This undertaking would not have been possible without the support and assistance of Ed Acosta, Jeannine Bordeaux, Caleb Dardick, Laura Harter, Melissa Madigan, Jessica Martines, Kelly Moreno, Jessica Nix, Marc Ryan, Christiana Stroud, Nevada County Relief Fund, Nevada County Superintendent of Schools and Twin Ridges Elementary School District. We are grateful to all the help and encouragement we continue to receive. Thank you.