EPCAN wins Community Appreciation Award

The EPCAN Board of Directors is thrilled that the local food bank in Portola is the recipient of this year’s Community Appreciation Award, which is given annually by the Graeagle Independence Day Committee. EPCAN (Eastern Plumas Community Assistance Network) is the local food bank at 120 Nevada St. in Portola.

Like the Stanley Cup (NHL trophy), the Community Service Award plaque is awarded to and in the possession of the recipients for one year. The award plaque is now hanging in the food bank for all to see. In addition to the plaque, the food bank has been given a place in the Independence Day parade to be held in Graeagle on Sunday, July 7, at 1 p.m.

EPCAN is the local food bank serving the needs of families in Eastern Plumas County. It works in partnership with the Portola Family Resource and Wellness Center.

“Established in the early 1990s, the food bank has been staffed by local volunteers who organize, manage the ordering, and distribute food to families in need; all while having fun doing it,” said Cathy Churchill, volunteer chairperson.

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Some commodities are provided by the Feed America organization out of Butte County. Perishables and additional foods are provided by the Northern Nevada Food Bank in Reno. Food to round out the family three-day emergency menu is purchased by EPCAN with donated funds.

EPCAN is fortunate to have local residents and organizations that are generous to their community, and make it all possible. The food bank provides three-day emergency food, commodities, and perishables all year long. The facility is open four days a week, and could not operate without donations or volunteers.

Those interested in being a volunteer can call 836-1485; donations can be sent to EPCAN, 120 Nevada St., Portola 96122.