A Simple Gesture

Sharing Food In Our Community. Serving Paradise and Magalia, California

Would you, could you like a second bag?

We are gearing up for our October 8, 2011 pick up. About 66 volunteer drivers will go to over 1400 homes to pick up, we hope, 20,000 lbs. of non-perishable food. That afternoon seven food pantries in Paradise and Magalia will have fully stocked shelves to serve the hungry. Sadly we must report that the demand continues to increase. U.S. Census just reported that the poverty level is the worst its been in 30 years and California is worse than the national average and Butte is worse than the state average.

Here’s an idea – if you would like a second green bag, let us know. Just call 876-8448 and we’ll be happy to deliver one to you. Seventy five already have a second bag.

Today one in ten households in Paradise and Magalia have a cool green bag. That is the best. We care and we care about taking care of our own.

What a great day!

August 13, 2011. After all the dust settled we picked up 17,800 lbs. of non-perishable food. And 57 volunteer drivers took the food to six local food pantries. And 37 food pantry volunteers stocked the shelves. This was all done within six hours, start to finish. First house to last item put on the shelf.

The shelves were bare and now they are stocked. There is very little waiting list at the food pantries. We are serving more families, with more food, more often.

It was a great day!!!!

Enterprise Record smiles on A Simple Gesture

‘We can feed our hungry’ — A Simple Gesture: Neighbors feeding neighbors

Karen and Jonathan Trivers

By KYRA GOTTESMAN – Correspondent

Posted: 07/28/2011 12:12:22 AM PDT

Karen and Jonathan Trivers, who moved to Paradise four years ago, have started A Simple Gesture ...

PARADISE:­ One in five, or 20.3 percent of Butte County households are at or below poverty level. That means there are a lot of our neighbors who are hungry, according to Jonathan Trivers.

"This downturn in the economy has hit young families and single parents the hardest. The younger the family, ages 19 to 34, the more likely they are to be in desperate economic straights. And 75 percent of single moms and their kids live in poverty," he said. His numbers come from the American Community Survey for the Census.

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Holiday Thoughts of our All American Town

We are the only community that we know of that offers a free lunch to those that are hungry seven days a week. Hunger doesn’t take the weekend off and neither do those that care in Paradise/Magalia.

After seven months we have gone from 1 cool green bag (my wife and I signed up and then we waited) to 1279 households. That’s almost 10%; yes, one in ten households has a cool green bag to help give groceries to those families who are hungry.

And we continue to add new folks every week. We think we can reach 2,000 by this time next year.

Thirty years ago there was a program to declare certain towns All American Cities. We’re not sure how the cities earned that designation, but in 2011 make no mistake about it: Paradise and Magalia are All American Towns! Oh sure we have our squabbles and we admit driving around town can be a little sketchy, but that’s pretty small potatoes. We take care of our own – we feed those that are hungry and we give them dignity and hope. That’s pretty great.

Georgia on our mind

About three months ago Shari Nunez of Cumming, Georgia contacted us. Her husband had read a two line comment on A Simple Gesture in an flooring industry magazine.

Food for Thought

“This is exactly what we want to do,” said Shari. So we sent her a cool green bag and told her how we had done it. And they are off and running. They just completed their first pick up on June 11, 2011. Take a look at their website fftpinc.org.

These great folks felt what Martin Luther King called ‘the fierce urgency of now.’ Poverty doesn’t take a rest and hunger is not just a Thanksgiving event.

This is a simple program. It does not matter whether the bag is orange or green. What matters is that you get started. Just ask Shari Nunez. They are having a blast.