Plumas Bank’s Pasta Food Drive benefits local food pantries, families

Robin Wight, manager of the Quincy branch, displays some of the products already collected for Plumas Bank’s September Pasta Food Drive. She is also holding a food tote that donors will be given when making food contributions, while supplies last. Photo by Mike Taborski

Knowing that many children in Plumas and Lassen counties are vulnerable to undernourishment and hunger, locally owned Plumas Bank is undertaking a Pasta Food Drivethrough September. Elizabeth Kuipers, vice president, marketing manager and investor relations officer for the bank, is asking community members to help keep local food pantry shelves stocked and local families full of “oodles of noodles” and more, by donating nutritious, protein-packed food items at one of its branches during the month.

President and Chief Executive Officer Andrew Ryback explained, “We’ve learned that pasta is a preferred item for a food pantry because it provides versatility for meals, kids love it, and it has a long shelf life. Pasta is also a great food source, not only because it’s nutritional and affordable, but also a box of pasta can easily feed a family of four. While we are focusing on pasta during this campaign, we welcome additional nutritious, protein-packed foods as well. The most needed items include tuna, canned meats, peanut butter, canned fruit or fruit cups, breakfast cereal and soups with meats.”

Ryback continued, “Please tell your friends and family about Plumas Bank’s Pasta Food Drive, get your kids involved, tell your co-workers, and help us fill our local food pantries with oodles of noodles, tons of tuna and more. Together, we can make a difference!”

Donations may be dropped off at any Plumas Bank office during regular business hours throughout September. Bring in a few items and receive a reusable Plumas Bank grocery tote (while supplies last) and enter for a chance to win an Italian pasta bowl set. See complete details at a branch near you.

Most needed food pantry items

Protein items such as canned tuna or chicken, packed in water; canned stews and pasta/meat sauce (easy on salt and fat).

Pasta, spaghetti, macaroni, noodles.

Canned vegetables, tomatoes, tomato sauce.

Peanut butter.

Dried beans.

Soups with meat and/or beans, (easy on sugar and fat).

Canned fruits in light syrup, natural applesauce.

100 percent juice in cans or boxes.

Cereals and cereal bars, oatmeal, (easy on sugar and fat).

Shelf-stable milk.