Food Access Saturday

In May of 2017, United Way of Nevada County, in collaboration with Interfaith Food Ministry (IFM) initiated a new food distribution program called Food Access Saturday (FAS). 

This program was created to help those who work during the  week, and are unable to get much-needed supplemental food at local food  pantries.  Food is distributed every second Saturday of the month.

Any working individuals & families who need food can participate by showing up at the distribution site: IFM 440 Henderson St. in Grass Valley (located in the far part of the parking lot of Prosperity Bowling Alley and Beam Easy Living. 

Click below for a handy calendar:

No one should go hungry...

United Way strives to assure that individuals and  families in Nevada County are able to meet their basic need for food, emergency shelter, and access to health care. For more information contact us at  (530) 274-8111 or


High School Food Pantry

Every day in Nevada County, 40 or more homeless teenagers attend high school. Think about that for a moment…each school day, these young people are making difficult decisions to improve their future. We all remember the difficulties of high school and pressures of fitting in, add a lack of resources to the situation (shelter, food, clothes, a bathroom) and you can appreciate the courage of these students.

We can’t solve this problem today, but we can alleviate some of the obstacles these students face. United Way of Nevada County in cooperation with InterFaith Food Ministry (a United Way Partner), Food Bank of Nevada County and Nevada Union High School, have established the county’s first food pantry on a school campus. Each Friday Nevada Union, students are invited to "shop" for themselves and, often, family members. 

We want to offer these students a bit of relief, the ability to care for their loved ones, build pride and feel supported by the community. We hope that they continue to attend school and create a better future for themselves.

What can you do? Get the word out to your community, get involved, send a few dollars to United Way of Nevada County specified for this program (every dollar UWNC receives will be spent on food), donate appropriate food or supplies.  Volunteers are needed to oversee the pantry every Friday during school.

For a list of appropriate food and supplies, more information about the program, or how to donate or volunteer, call United Way of Nevada County at 530.274.8111 or visit