EPCAN announces successful Holiday Food Basket distribution

At the January board meeting, the directors of the Eastern Plumas Community Assistance Network (The EPCAN Food Bank) announced the successful Holiday Food Basket distribution.

While total numbers of families participating were lower this year, 79 families representing 259 family members were served during the midst of the December snowstorm.

“EPCAN could not have achieved this annual community outreach without the heartfelt contributions of our community business partners, non-profit sponsors, our dedicated volunteers and the many individual donors whose generosity has been unsurpassed these past two years,” said Dink Rife, EPCAN board president.

Some of the organizations that were instrumental in EPCAN’s success include:  The Salvation Army, Sav-Mor Foods and Safeway Stores of Quincy, Leonard’s Market and The Feather River Food Co-Op of Portola, The Northern Nevada Food Bank, the Portola Rotary Club and the Graeagle Lions Club were also major contributors.

EPCAN operates the local food bank all year round at 120 Nevada St., Portola.  The food bank is open Monday and Wednesday mornings from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. and on Thursday afternoons from noon – 2 p.m. for those in need.  Advance sign-ups are required and are processed by the Portola Family Resource Center located at 165 Ridge St., Portola.

In addition to normal open hours, fresh perishables are distributed on the first and third Fridays from noon – 1 p.m.; commodities are distributed on the first Friday only from noon – 1 p.m.  No prior sign-ups are required for these onsite distributions at the food bank on the appointed days.

Cash donations to EPCAN may be sent to 120 Nevada St., Portola 96122, or offer to become a volunteer by calling 530 836-1485.

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