BriarPatch donates 500 pounds of turkey to Food Bank and Divine Spark

Editor’s note: I received this email from BriarPatch:

“The spirit of giving is alive and well at BriarPatch Co-op Community Market, as shoppers took advantage of the grocery store’s offer to donate turkeys — pound for pound — for turkeys purchased, from December 9 through 18. Shoppers bought nearly 500 pounds of turkey during that time, which BriarPatch matched with turkeys donated to the Food Bank of Nevada County and Divine Spark.

“Over 416 pounds of turkey was donated to the Nevada County Food Bank on the afternoon of December 18. The Food Bank will deliver the donated turkeys to homebound clients who can’t get to their food distribution locations, said Jennifer Morrill, the Food Bank’s Distribution Coordinator.
“Organic food is extremely important to our senior population,” said Morrill. “When we can give organic food to our clients, it makes them happy and makes us happy,” she added.

“Turkeys were also donated to Divine Spark, a local group that will cook and serve them at their free, largely organic Christmas dinner and gathering on December 25. Along with the nearly 54 pounds of turkey, BriarPatch donated $500 worth of organic vegetables to the event, which typically serves 150 to 250 people, most of whom are homeless or needy.

“Shirley Kinghorn, head of Divine Spark, values serving high quality, nutritious food at the Christmas dinner. “It is such a gift to have good quality food for those who don’t have it often,” she said, continuing, “in an atmosphere of inclusion, belonging, and warmth — something that will nourish the body and mind.”

‘”If I don’t want to eat it myself,’ she said, ‘why would I want to serve it to someone who’s really in need of nutrition?’

The Divine Spark Christmas event takes place throughout the day, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Grass Valley Elks Lodge on 109 South School Street in Grass Valley.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

2 thoughts on “BriarPatch donates 500 pounds of turkey to Food Bank and Divine Spark”

  1. I have to agree with Pete. We’re both “long-timers”, here. I’ve lived in downtown Nevada City for over 25 years. With all due respect, I’ve never noticed a ‘homeless’ population until 6 years ago. I’m sure it existed; but not the extent that it had from 2009-20014. Our population is down from two years ago.

    In the season of giving, this is going to be harsh. If you feed them, they will come. I’ve been to the City Council meetings, spoken with representatives of both Divine Spark and Sierra Roots and my conclusion is: They are a feeding program; no counseling, no social services, no chance to get out of their situation.

    This is a post that will have some want to run me out of town. And, perhaps it’s poor timed. But really, I often wonder with these programs, who’s needs are really being met?

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