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Yuba-Sutter food distribution program ending Dec. 31

December 12, 2017 GMT

Local food distribution programs, which have served hundreds of households, are being cut back due to lack of funding.

The Yuba and Sutter Brown Bag program, serving low-income residents and coordinated through the Yuba-Sutter Food Bank is ending Dec. 31.

The food bank received a letter on Nov. 16 stating that the program, provided to the community for more than 25 years, would not receive additional Community Service block grant funding from the Sutter County Community Action Agency or the Yuba County Community Services Commission.

“It was short notice for all our December pick-ups,” said Patrick Hamilton, Y-S Food Bank chief of operations and manager of the USDA program. “Now people are really going to have to scramble for the next few months.”

Other food distribution programs that did not receive grant funds were St. John’s Food Closet and the Catholic Ladies Relief Society, both in Yuba County.

The Brown Bag program, with its strict income requirements, was a safety net for residents in the lowest income levels in the community, Hamilton said. Monthly, it served 300 households in Yuba County and 175 households in Sutter County.

“Annually that’s a lot of meals, and it’s been increasing,” he said.

Residents can still get something once a month through the U.S. Department of Agriculture program at the food bank.

The county agencies’ decision was reached through a community assessment for need done over several months earlier this year, said Brynda Stranix, executive director of the Sutter County Community Action Agency and the Yuba County Community Services Commission.

Food was not one of the top five priorities in the assessment that included public forums, intensive surveys and using other community action plans and need assessment by other agencies in the community.

The top five priorities were, in order: shelters and affordable housing; unemployment and low paying jobs; alcohol substance/drug abuse; behavioral health; and coordinated entry systems.

The Yuba-Sutter Economic Development Corp. has information available about other possible funding sources for the food bank, Stranix said.

“We’re stepping up as much as we can for everybody,” Hamilton, of the Food Bank, said, “but this brown bag really hurts.”

The food bank has produce giveaways when it receives donations of the foods and has a Cascade Fire relief store with clothes and food for victims at the Yuba Sutter Mall.

Proof of residence is required for the relief store.

Donations to the food bank also help it provide goods for local food panties, another source of food for people in the community.

Final distribution dates

Four distribution dates, one in Sutter County and three in Yuba County, remain in the Yuba-Sutter Food Bank’s Brown Bag program.

Tuesday – 11 a.m. at 13809 Willow Glen Road, Yuba County foothills.

Thursday – 11 a.m. at River Valley Church, 4997 Olivehurst Ave., Olivehurst.

Dec. 20 – 9:15 a.m. at the Live Oak Community Building, 10200 O St.

Dec. 21 – 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, Sampson Street and Rideout Way, Marysville.

Donate while visiting Santa

Through Christmas Eve, the public can donate to the Yuba-Sutter Food Bank with a visit to Santa Claus at the Yuba Sutter Mall’s main entrance.

Monetary donations may also be made throughout the year online at yuba-sutterfoodbank.com or by mailing a check to 760 Stafford way, Yuba City CA 95991.

Non-perishable canned and boxed goods, within the useable dates and undamaged, can be donated at the food bank.

Volunteers are also needed to help package food. Call 673-3834.