‘Best Wishes’ program offers food assistance to needy residents
Holiday Market, together with C&S Wholesale Grocers has partnered with the Almanor Basin Community Resource Center to help fight hunger in local communities.
In the Chester/Lake Almanor communities, there are more people trying to work than there are jobs. With a few exceptions, most jobs are part- time or temporary and many end during the winter months. Fuel costs are nearly the highest in the nation and food costs run 10 percent to 25 percent higher than most urban areas.
In the 2011-12 school year, the most recent year for which data is available, 45.3 percent of children enrolled in Plumas County schools were eligible for the Free and Reduced Price Meal Program. The 2011-12 California Health Interview Survey found that 46 percent of people in the region in California that includes Plumas County faced food insecurity, indicating they struggle to afford enough food. These realities make it difficult for many, especially young families and seniors, to meet their needs for food, medicine and heat.
To recognize the season of giving, Holiday Market and the ABC Resource Center have launched their “Best Wishes” program to allow Holiday patrons to help add selected grocery items to the pantries and homes of those in need in the community. A $5 donation per gift bag includes Best Yet brand chicken noodle soup, rice, macaroni and cheese, tuna, corn and potatoes. The program will run throughout the month of November. A few dollars and a few minutes can make a real difference.
For customers’ convenience, Holiday Market has put together the bags available for donation. The bags are located near the bakery. The store’s minimum goal is 200 gift bags, but employees believe the community will help them assemble many, many more.
The Almanor Basin Community Resource Center plans on bolstering the “Best Wishes” donated gift bags with other food donations raised throughout the year to help create Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets for people in need. The ABC Resource Center has been able to help many local families in the past with wholesome food and warm hearts.
To learn more about the “Best Wishes” program contact Terry Lynn at the ABC Resource Center at 258-4280, or Emily Rice at Holiday Market at 258-2122, ext. 9. The ABC Resource Center is a service of Plumas Rural Services. To learn more about its programs and services, visit the website at www.plumasruralservices.org or call 283-3611.