Auburn Interfaith Food Closet
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Programs

Description
Healthy eating depends upon access to a balanced diet of food items and the skills to create meals using these items. AIFC's new building design included a well appointed kitchen where small sized cooking skills classes can be conducted for hands-on experience. These programs provide new skills for participants, aimed to build on their current capabilities. In addition, it will introduce the participants to recipes to utilize food and spices that may not be part of their traditional diet. Certain courses will be targeted for seniors, when the traditional cook in the family no longer can perform that function and to accommodate changes in diet due to health issues.

This money will allow the purchase of the appliances and materials for the course.
Budget
$25,000
Program Successes
The basic kitchen will open with occupancy of our new building in Spring, 2021.
Description
Some area residents, especially home-bound seniors, find it difficult to get to the grocery store or our facility to assure they have enough food to maintain a healthy diet. COVID-19 worsened the number of people who are impacted. While we want to maintain a requirement that families who have reliable transportation should come to our facility, we can deliver directly to home a monthly food allotment for people who are home-bound.

Our goal with this program is to raise sufficient monies to purchase our own refrigerated van. This will allow us to make home deliveries. We also will be able to glean food from area grocery stores and growers, with the ability to transport larger amounts of food that require temperature control in transit.
Budget
$100,000
Program Successes
AIFC ran a pilot program in 2017, where we rapidly identified over 20 people who were severely food insecure and did not have reliable transportation to visit AIFC to collect a monthly food distribution. In collaboration with the area Meals on Wheels program, we were able to deliver food to these people once a month, supplementing the food in their pantry.

AIFC has been awarded a Community Services Block Grant through the Placer County Community Action Agency. This grant provides partial program support for 2020 and 2021. This will support the rent of a refrigerated van to allow home delivery of food items requiring temperature control and to establish this program beginning in January 2020. Our initial goal was e are committed to supporting a minimum of 40 monthly deliveries for qualifying, low-income, area residents. As of October 2020, we have over 60 individuals being served.
Description
A three-day supply of nutritionally balanced food is given for each person in the families. Families may receive food every 30 days. Our food guidelines are taken from the USDA Choose My Plate program. A typical food basket includes milk, meat, fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, eggs, canned meat, canned vegetables, canned fruit, cereal, rice, pasta, pasta sauce, and dessert items.

Note: The budget is our planned 2019 spend of cash. This is supplemented by food donations through the public (families; food drives, stores, restaurants, growers) and the Placer Food Bank. Our replacement cost for these donations is estimated at $319,000.
Budget
$201,243
Program Successes
- Program has been very successful as evidenced by the continuing need in the number of families being served.
- In 2018, AIFC served 8,270 families, representing 23,153 individuals.
- We provided groceries sufficient to prepare 204,549 meals.
Description
The Saturday before Thanksgiving, the Food Closet collects frozen turkeys from members of the community. These are distributed on the Monday prior to Thanksgiving to individuals and families who registered to be recipients during late October and November. Any turkeys beyond those given away are distributed by AIFC between Thanksgiving and Christmas to regular clients, until the supply is exhausted.
Budget
$2,000
Program Successes
- Over 500 turkeys, hams and chickens were donated by the community each year.
- Over 400 families received turkeys, hams or chickens the week of Thanksgiving.
- The remaining donated meats are distributed to AIFC clients in December - until the supply is exhausted.
- Wells Fargo Bank has graciously provided a $2,000 to support this program in its first three years, and bank members volunteer to help on the day of collection.
- Auburn Moving and Storage Company graciously provides a freezer truck for the weekend of this activity, to store the food items from collection until distribution.
Description
The homeless receive help tailored to their needs. Our standard food provision is enough food for 3-days of meals for every person living together. Families can receive support from us every 30-days. If cooking and/or refrigeration aren't available, we provide food that doesn't require cooking or cold storage and we will provide these families with the option of one days food, once each week. As best we can, we provide food that meets the USDA daily nutrition requirements. Examples include canned meat, canned fruits and vegetables, instant oatmeal, fresh fruits and vegetables, foil-packed tuna salad, and bread. We also provide can openers. We provide personal care packets depending on need and books for adults and children.
Budget
$0
Program Successes
- Success for the AIFC means that our clients find housing, work, jobs, and no longer need our services.
- We continue to see new clients come to the AIFC and some that never return.
- AIFC is continuing to strive to meet the requirements for food as set by the USDA.