Holiday season is upon us and EPCAN, your local food bank in Portola, is getting ready for its annual distribution of holiday food baskets for those local families who are in need of a little assistance.
Hams have been purchased with a generous donation from the Salvation Army. Chickens and all the dinner trimmings have been purchased with donations from individuals, nonprofit organizations, and businesses in the communities around us. Canned food drives also help fill our shelves.
Individuals and families must sign up in advance for the holiday food distribution, which will be on Thursday, Dec. 19 and Friday, Dec. 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day.
Signing up is easy — use the Salvation Army form sent in the mail to all residents or go to the Portola Family Resource Center at 165 Ridge St. in Portola.
Those who wish to receive a food basket must sign up no later than Thursday, Dec. 12 to ensure there is enough food for everyone.
Distribution of food to those who sign up will be joyfully managed by EPCAN volunteers on Thursday, and Lions Club volunteers on Friday.
Most of the food offered by the food bank is donated by, or purchased from the Food Bank of Northern Nevada, which is part of the national Feed America program. EPCAN also tries to purchase locally when additional food items are needed.
The Eastern Plumas Community Assistance Network (EPCAN) operates the local food bank all year round at 120 Nevada St. The food bank is open Monday and Wednesday mornings from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. and on Tuesday afternoons from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
The EPCAN Board is thankful for our donors, volunteers, and supporters. We are strictly a non-profit organization and depend on donations, as well as volunteers who give up their time to serve the community.
If interested and willing, cash donations can be sent to EPCAN at 120 Nevada St., Portola 96122; and/or offer to become a volunteer by calling 836-1485.