Food Bank History

Our Story

The Food Bank of Nevada County began in 1986, as a small group of citizens who banded together to attempt to alleviate hunger in our community.  Our organizational structure began with the founder who appointed several assistants to help distribute food. 


As the Food Bank grew, members of the community offered volunteer and organizational assistance. We contacted food retailers as well as distributors and asked for their food products.  Gradually, the list of suppliers grew, and some began to donate on a regular basis. The food was directed, sorted, and channeled through helpful volunteers for community distribution to those in need. We also held twice-yearly food drives.  


We gradually received monies from USDA, United Way of Nevada County, and generous donations from individuals. We rely, since we were founded in 1986, upon foundations, corporations, as well as the private sector and concerned individuals, for eighty percent of our funding. While the Food Bank has to survive primarily on donations we always try our best to serve those individuals and families who find themselves, at times, economically disadvantaged and in need.


The Food Bank of Nevada County is one of the smallest food banks in Northern California.  Toni Thompson, a former Executive Director, had a dream to feed the hungry in our community, and even to this day we utilize the tools and implement the services to continue the ongoing fight against hunger. 

The Food Bank of Nevada County excludes no one in need from our services; persons of all race, creed, sex, religion, age, and national origin, are welcome to partake in our program. No one is turned away.