Who We Are
"When a poor person dies of hunger, it has not happened because God did not take care of him or her. It has happened because neither you nor I wanted to give that person what he or she needed.”

~Mother Teresa, Roman Catholic nun

Our Origin

What does it take to feed the hungry? In short, people with inspiration - like original Director Karen Giacalone; organizations - like the Amador Tuolomne Community Action Agency; and churches, who recognized the need for working together to feed the community's men, women and children who are hungry.

The Interfaith Food Bank was born through the combined efforts of Ms. Giacalone, sixteen local churches, and a Community Development block grant from AT-CAA, all working together to form the Interfaith Council of Amador County in 1996. Once established, the Council turned to local grocers, businesses and individuals to set a plan in motion that resulted in the opening of the Interfaith Food Bank on April 6, 1998, completely debt free

Our Vision

We envision a time without hunger in Amador County; a time when parents don’t go without to feed their children and a time when the elderly do not choose between housing, life saving medication and food.

The Interfaith Food Bank today

The Interfaith Food Bank serves as a focal distribution center with 15 satellite locations throughout Amador County including a Spanish speaking site in Plymouth.

Thanks to an extremely generous community, our local partner supermarkets and the Emergency Food Assistance Program we have been able to supply an average of 63 families daily with enough food for three to five days.

The Interfaith Food Bank distributed over 1,400,000 pounds of food in 2020 and partnered to open a new pantry in Fiddletown during the pandemic.