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MAY 2019
Hiring a new Development Director gave the IFM Executive Committee and Board an opportunity to evaluate our mission and requirements to meet IFM’s growing partnerships and focus on providing locally grown nutritious food to 100% of those struggling with food insecurity.  The scope of the part-time position involves four distinct responsibilities:

    Food/Fundraising events
    Marketing and Social Media
    Donor Relations

After a lengthy process of reviewing and interviewing many applicants, the Executive Committee and Board determined that splitting the Development Director position would not only capitalize on the strengths of the final candidates, but each Development Director could focus more deeply on the needs of two responsibilities.

The split Development Director positions and candidates Naomi Cabral and Lindy Beatie were approved by the IFM Board of Directors on March 26th.  Both Naomi and Lindy enthusiastically began work at IFM on April 16th.  Kate will work side by side with the new Directors until May 31st and then transition out.

Both Naomi and Lindy bring a wealth of experience, a passion for the poor and an eagerness to learn what we do at IFM. Naomi has lived in Nevada County for approximately four years.  She is the event coordinator for the Nevada City Craft Fair at Miner’s Foundry and has experience in marketing/social media.  Lindy has lived in Rough and Ready for many years and has extensive experience with The Boys and Girls Club, United Way and is an avid Rotarian.   As part of the interview process Naomi and Lindy volunteered in Distribution for a day and had a blast.  We are very excited to have Naomi and Lindy join the IFM team!

Naomi will be handling the fundraising and food raising events as well as everything related to
marketing/PR/social media.

Do you have an idea for an event? Do you have a great photo to share? Then Naomi is your go-to person. Her contact info is:   530-870-0177 (cell)

Lindy will be managing grants, donor relations and thank yous. She will also be working on starting up a new “Planned Giving” program.

Do you know of a person or a business who might want to become a donor? Did you hear about a new grant opportunity? Then Lindy is your go-to person. Her contact info is:   916-849-5347 (cell)

Please join us in welcoming them into the IFM family!
2019 GALA
Tickets are $35 and are available for purchase on-line at or you may purchase them in person at IFM: 440 Henderson Street, Grass Valley, CA 95945 until May 17th 5PM. Tickets will not be available at the door.

Community Shred Day - This is an annual fundraising event held at Owens Estate and Wealth Strategies Group (See more details under Upcoming Events) on Saturday, May 18th.  Volunteers are needed to assist in lifting boxes from cars and placing contents into a bin for shredding.  There are two shifts:

    8:00 am - 10:30 am
    10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Gardeners - The Garden Gals are thrilled to be planting again.  However, they need help. Novice and experienced gardeners are welcome.   The IFM garden produces well over 3,000 pounds of fresh vegetables for our clients. The Team works in the Lake Wildwood garden approximately 2 mornings a week. Interested volunteers should contact Jackie Pascoe at 530-320-6119 or

Client Area Volunteers including Receptionists and Interviewers - are needed. New volunteers receive one-on-one training and then have opportunities to shadow others. There are two Receptionists, three interviewers and two Supervisors fo each food distribution day (Mon/Wed/Fri) and we ask that each trained person commit to doing at least TWO shifts per month. Shifts last from 9:30 a.m.-1:15. Interested volunteers should contact Anna Gloria at 530-277-2920 or

Drivers - Seven days a week 7:30-9 a.m., IFM volunteer drivers are making rounds to grocery stores and bakeries/cafes to pick up donated food items and bring them back to IFM. Training and ride-alongs are provided. Interested volunteers should contact John Bradford at 530-751-6242 or

If you haven’t yet, IFM invites you to “like” us on Facebook and visit our website,  to stay current with all the great events at IFM.  
On January 22, 2019, the IFM Executive Committee presented the Annual Report to the IFM Board of Directors and the pastors of the Board Member Congregations.  The 2018 Annual Report is posted on the Interfaith Food Ministry website at
Congratulations to our dedicated volunteers!  In early April, the County Health Inspectors visited IFM for their yearly review.  Compliance with food handling requirements is not challenging but can be tedious.  Thank you for wearing gloves, checking expiration dates, sorting food appropriately, cleaning consistently and storing food properly.  We passed inspection with flying colors.
Interested Community Shred Day volunteers should contact Phil Alonso at

Seeking 5-6 volunteer Harvest Leaders  who love harvesting fruit and who can commit to leading a crew of volunteers up to twice a month June-Oct. picking fruit that would otherwise go to waste from farms and home orchards and bringing it to Interfaith Food Ministry (IFM) to be distributed to those in need.  

Volunteers picked and donated more than 10,000 pounds in the 2018 season to IFM and our goal is to double that in 2019!  Training included. More info here.

Meet cool homeowners and volunteers AND you get to bring a wee bit of produce home yourself!

Applications due May 17 with interviews in late May. Apply today through the on-line form located here.

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