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Big DoG Countdown: Placer Food Bank

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Dozens of local organizations will be participating on May 6th in Placer County's Big Day of Giving. Each day we will be featuring one of the many participating organizations. Follow our daily series highlighting these great local organizations.

Placer Food Bank

Mission Statement
We are dedicated to feeding the hungry through our network of partner agencies, educating the community about hunger and advocating for hunger relief.

Our Vision: Eliminate hunger!
Background Statement
Originally founded in 1970 as the Community Resources Council, Inc., our original mission was to provide general assistance to low-income individuals and families in and around Placer County. Our services included food and clothing distribution, and assistance obtaining driver's licenses and social security cards. In 1985, we narrowed our mission and began to operate solely as a food bank.

Today, Placer Food Bank is the leading hunger-relief charity in Placer, El Dorado and Nevada Counties and the region's only Feeding America-certified food bank.

We serve as the primary food collection and distribution center for hunger-relief efforts in our area; distributing fresh and non-perishable food to the hungry through our network of local charitable organizations.

Hunger in Our Community
Hunger is an all but hidden epidemic in Placer Food Bank's service area. Nearly 80,000 individuals in Placer, Nevada and El Dorado counties do not know where their next meal will come from.

The hungry are hard-working adults, children and seniors who simply cannot make ends meet. Many are forced to choose between paying for rent, medicine or transportation and buying food. They may miss daily meals or go without food for days.

In fact,

  • 37% of the families receiving food bank services have one or more working adults in the household
  • 30% of seniors in our region report having to choose between food and paying for medicine or medical care.

Our Impact

Our affiliation with Feeding America and other partners enables us to purchase food for pennies on the dollar. This food is then distributed to our network of more than 70 regional hunger-relief agencies, supplying them with the food necessary to bring hope and nourishment to people in need.

Each year Placer Food Bank:

  • Distributes more than 6 million pounds of food to our hunger-relief partners
  • Feeds approximately 53,000 individuals per month through our partner agencies
  • Utilizes nearly 12,000 volunteer hours to support our daily operations
  • Leverages each $1 in cash donations to procure $17 in groceries through Feeding America partners

Geographic Area Served

  • El Dorado County
  • Placer County
  • Nevada County

Complete Profile and Financial Information may be viewed online at Giving Edge

Join us on May 6th and take part in the 24 hour giving challenge to support the many nonprofits in our region.

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