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“We have utilized Always Best Care for about 10 months . We wanted the best care possible for my dad. We met Lisa when she was sent to my parents home, and we knew instantly she was a perfect fit. She is outstanding and always takes excellent care of my dad. It is truly a blessing to have her. Thank you Lisa and Always Beat Care for being there when we needed it the most”

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“We have been using Always Best Care Senior Services for 4 years for my Mom's in home care. The staff are caring and helpful, and take great care in providing for her needs. Minda Geir has been instrumental in keeping the scheduling department working, despite the changes that are needed when doctors appointments and other changes are needed. It is not an easy job and we appreciate the efforts she takes to communicate with us. Minda has been a gem! I also want to recommend working with Kathee Grgich. She is in a different department at Always Best Care. She is helping us find a future assisted living facility for my Mom as she may want to move this year. Kathee has spent many hours looking for different places and even going with us on tours of these places. Her recommendations have been invaluable, saving us time and giving us incites we would never have known otherwise. This service is provided free of charge, and I cannot express how important Kathee's help has been. Always Best Care provides other valuable senior services, and I would highly recommend considering their services.”

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“I work here currently. I LOVE Katie the scheduler. She is always on top of her job and gets things handled.”

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“This post is from my brother Charles…I look forward to Alex Isley‘s weekly visits! We are relaxed around each other; he is very willing to help me with many things to make my life easier. He encourages me to go outside for fresh air and activities but reminds me to sit down and rest when I need to. It is a pleasure to have him in my home. Thank you Alex!”

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Gary C.

“Tori Burke has been great. She's doing a awesome job helping my mother with all her needs. Tori has a very special personality that makes my mom feel very comfortable. Thank you for sending Tori to us.”

Mary L.

“Nina Thao was my Fathers caregiver and she always went above and beyond. We were so blessed to have such a hard working, empathetic, and dependable person who helped my Father live as comfortably as possible past 100 years old! I would Highly recommend Nina Thao from Always Best Care to help your family when in need. Sincerely, Cynthia Coopee”

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“I am writing to praise the caregiving and support that Shristi provides to my brother, Sgt Michael Iwanaga for the last year. Shristi is always friendly, has a great attitude, is extremely helpful and always willing to go the “extra mile”. My brother could not be happier with the care and companionship that Shristi has provided to him. He was initially reluctant to have a care giver but since having Shristi’s care and support he does not know how he would be able to do without her. He would be extremely bereft should Shristi no longer be able to provide him with the care. I would also like to commend your administrative staff for their responsiveness, support and positive attitude. We could not be happier with the care that your organization has been able to provide to my brother. In fact, I have referred your organization to my cousin, Lucille Irby for assistance due to the excellent care and responsiveness of your organization. Please feel free to use my name as a reference. With appreciation, Tami Pereira”

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“We have been with Always Best Care for 2 years. My dad is 91 and has enjoyed all of the caregivers. Victoria is his favorite. They get along beautifully. They work with the veterans and are somewhat flexible with scheduling. I would recommend Always Best Care for your caregiving needs.”

Mary L.

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How does In-home Senior Care in Auburn, CA work?

Home is where the heart is. While that saying can sound a tad cliche, it's especially true for many seniors living in America. When given a choice, older adults most often prefer to grow older at home. An AARP study found that three out of four adults over the age of 50 want to stay in their homes and communities as they age. When you begin to think about why, it makes sense. Home offers a sense of security, comfort, and familiarity.

The truth is, as we age, we begin to rely on others for help. When a family is too busy or lives too far away to fulfill this role, in-home senior care is often the best solution. Home care services allow seniors to enjoy personal independence while also receiving trustworthy assistance from a trained caregiver.

At Always Best Care, we offer a comprehensive range of home care services to help seniors stay healthy while they get the help they need to remain independent. As your senior loved one ages, giving them the gift of senior care is one of the best ways to show your love, even if you live far away.

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Aging in Place: The Preferred Choice for Most Seniors

While it's true that some seniors have complicated medical needs that prevent them from staying at home, aging in place is often the best arrangement for seniors and their families. With a trusted caregiver, seniors have the opportunity to live with a sense of dignity and do so as they see fit.

In-home care makes it possible for millions of seniors to age in place every year. Rather than moving to a unfamiliar assisted living community, seniors have the chance to stay at home where they feel the happiest and most comfortable.

Here are just a few of the reasons why older men and women prefer to age at home:


How much does a senior's home truly mean to them? A study published by the American Society on Aging found that more than half of seniors say their home's emotional value means more than how much their home is worth in monetary value. It stands to reason, that a senior's home is where they want to grow old. With the help of elderly care in Auburn, CA, seniors don't have to age in a sterilized care facility. Instead, they can age gracefully in the place they want to be most: their home. In contrast, seniors who move to a long-term care facility must adapt to new environments, new people, and new systems that the facility implements. At this stage in life, this kind of drastic change can be more harmful than helpful.

Healthy Living
Healthy Living

Institutional care facilities like nursing homes often put large groups of people together to live in one location. On any given day, dozens of staff members and caregivers run in and out of these facilities. Being around so many new people in a relatively small living environment can be dangerous for a seniors' health and wellbeing. When you consider that thousands of seniors passed away in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, opting for in-home care is often a safer, healthier choice for seniors. Aging in place has been shown to improve seniors' quality of life, which helps boost physical health and also helps insulate them from viral and bacterial risks found in elderly living facilities.


For many seniors, the ability to live independently with assistance from a caregiver is a priceless option. With in-home care, seniors experience a higher level of independence and freedom - much more so than in other settings like an assisted living community. When a senior has the chance to age in place, they get to live life on their own terms, inside the house that they helped make into a home. More independence means more control over their personal lives, too, which leads to increased levels of fulfillment, happiness, and personal gratification. Over time, these positive feelings can manifest into a healthier, longer life.

Cost and Convenience
Cost and Convenience

More independence, a healthier life, and increased comfort are only a few benefits of aging in place. You have to take into consideration the role of cost and convenience. Simply put, it's usually easier to help seniors age in place than it is to move them into an institutional care facility. In-home care services from Always Best Care, for instance, can be less expensive than long-term solutions, which can cost upwards of six figures per year. To make matters worse, many residential care facilities are reluctant to accept long-term care insurance and other types of payment assistance.

With Always Best Care's home care services, seniors and their families have a greater level of control over their care plans. In-home care in Auburn, CA gives seniors the chance to form a bond with a trusted caregiver and also receive unmatched care that is catered to their needs. In long-term care facilities, seniors and their loved ones have much less control over their care plan and have less of a say in who provides their care.

Empowers Seniors

Affordable Care Plans

In-home care is a valuable resource that empowers seniors to age in place on their own terms. However, a big concern for many families and their loved ones is how much in-home care costs. If you're worried that in-home care is too expensive, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that it is one of the most affordable senior care arrangements available.

Typically, hiring an Always Best Care in-home caregiver for a few hours a week is more affordable than sending your loved one to a long-term care facility. This is true even for seniors with more complex care needs.

At Always Best Care, we will work closely with you and your family to develop a Care Plan that not only meets your care needs, but your budget requirements, too. Once we discover the level of care that you or your senior need, we develop an in-home care plan that you can afford.

In addition to our flexible care options, families should also consider the following resources to help offset potential home care costs:

Veteran's Benefits
Veteran's Benefits

Aid and Attendance benefits through military service can cover a portion of the costs associated with in-home care for veterans and their spouses.

Long-Term Care Insurance
Long-Term Care Insurance

Many senior care services like in-home care are included in long-term care insurance options. Research different long-term care solutions to find a plan that provides coverage for senior care.

Private Insurance
Private Insurance

Home care can be included as part of a senior's private insurance plan. Read over your loved one's insurance policy carefully or speak with their insurance provider to determine if in-home care is covered.

Life Insurance
Life Insurance

Depending on the life insurance plan, you may be able to apply your policy toward long-term care. You may be able to use long-term-care coverage to help pay for in-home elderly care.

Respite Care Auburn, CA

During your Care Plan consultation with Always Best Care, your Care Coordinator will speak with you about in-home care costs and what options there may be to help meet your budget needs.

Compassionate Care. Trusted Caregivers

When you or your senior loved one needs assistance managing daily tasks at home, finding a qualified caregiver can be challenging. It takes a special kind of person to provide reliable care for your senior loved one. However, a caregiver's role involves more than meal preparation and medication reminders. Many seniors rely on their caregivers for companionship, too.

Our companion care services give seniors the chance to socialize in a safe environment and engage in activities at home. These important efforts boost morale and provide much-needed relief from repetitive daily routines. A one-on-one, engaging conversation can sharpen seniors' minds and give them something in which to be excited.

At Always Best Care, we only hire care providers that we would trust to care for our own loved ones. Our senior caregivers in Auburn,CA understand how important it is to listen and communicate with their seniors. A seemingly small interaction, like a short hug goodbye, can make a major difference in a senior's day. Instead of battling against feelings of isolation, seniors begin to look forward to seeing their caregiver each week.

Understanding the nuances of senior care is just one of the reasons why our care providers are so great at their job.

Unlike some senior care companies, our caregivers must undergo extensive training before they work for Always Best Care. In addition, our caregivers receive ongoing training throughout the year. This training ensures that their standard of care matches up to the high standards we've come to expect. During this training, they will brush up on their communication skills, safety awareness, and symptom spotting. That way, your loved one receives the highest level of non-medical home care from day one.

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Taking the First Step with Always Best Care

The first step in getting quality in-home care starts with a personal consultation with an experienced Care Coordinator. This initial consultation is crucial for our team to learn more about you or your elderly loved one to discover the level of care required. Topics of this consultation typically include:

An assessment of your senior loved one


An in-depth discussion of the needs of your senior loved one to remain in their own home


Reviewing a detailed Care Plan that will meet your senior loved one's needs


Our caregivers are trained to spot changes that clients exhibit, like mental and physical decline. As your trusted senior care company, we will constantly assess and update your Care Plan to meet any new emotional, intellectual, physical, and emotional needs.

If you have never considered in-home care before, we understand that you and your family may have concerns about your Care Plan and its Care Coordinator. To help give you peace of mind, know that every team member and caregiver must undergo comprehensive training before being assigned to a Care Plan.

When you're ready, we encourage you to contact your local Always Best Care representative to set up a Care Consultation. Our Care Coordinators would be happy to meet with you in person to get to know you better, discuss your needs, and help put together a personalized Care Plan specific to your needs.

Latest News in Auburn, CA

Westbound and down: How to get a football team from Alabama to California

Greg Trapp was sitting passenger-side in the cab of a Kenworth T680 long-haul truck when his phone rang Tuesday just west of Winslow, Ariz.His day began about 265 miles ago in Albuquerque, N.M., and was set to end 674 miles westward in Barstow, Calif. He and Mark Sheppard, who was behind the wheel, were comfortably past the halfway point of a trip that began two days prior.The truck and trailer they were in pulled out of the Woltosz Football Performance Center on Sunday afternoon in Auburn, hauling 29,000 pounds of football equ...

Greg Trapp was sitting passenger-side in the cab of a Kenworth T680 long-haul truck when his phone rang Tuesday just west of Winslow, Ariz.

His day began about 265 miles ago in Albuquerque, N.M., and was set to end 674 miles westward in Barstow, Calif. He and Mark Sheppard, who was behind the wheel, were comfortably past the halfway point of a trip that began two days prior.

The truck and trailer they were in pulled out of the Woltosz Football Performance Center on Sunday afternoon in Auburn, hauling 29,000 pounds of football equipment. The pair was going cross-country, and they were somewhere in the midst of more than 2,500 miles of highways and about 36 hours of drive time Tuesday. They’d reach their destination — Auburn football’s team hotel in San Mateo, Calif. — the next day, well-ahead of schedule for the Tigers’ game against Cal at 9:30 p.m. Central on Saturday.

Trapp and Sheppard are no strangers to this. The truck they’re driving was purchased by Trapp’s company, Single Source Logistics, in 2018 and has only logged about 34,000 miles. That's because it's exclusively used for hauling Auburn’s equipment, which the pair have been doing full-time for the past eight years.

There's been trips as far away as State College, Penn., Arlington, Texas, and as near as Atlanta and Nashville. The pair has been to 11 SEC towns. But this trip is hands down the furthest they’ve driven, and it highlights a truth of every Auburn road game.

“This trip, we've had circled for at least two years trying to make sure we had everything we needed,” Trapp said. “(We’ve) discussed every possibility that we could come up with in our minds [of what] we might have to have to make this trip.”

Auburn’s players and coaches have been preparing all week for this trip in search of a win, but there’s a cast of people behind the scenes who have been preparing for several weeks, if not years, to seamlessly get a football team across the country. That might be most present with Trapp and Sheppard.

The two drove nearly 500 miles Sunday, stopping off west of Little Rock, Ark., before traversing the entirety of Texas to get from Little Rock to Albuquerque on Monday. But before they ever hit the road, they’d been pre-planning for a year-plus. There was also a great deal of hands-on work that happened in the months beforehand, most notably a two-week-long truck and trailer inspection that saw it outfitted with everything it and a pair of drivers could need for such a haul.

“A lot goes into it when you start crossing 300-, 400-mile stretches out here with nothing,” Trapp said.

One of many items on the truck was a spare tire, but there’s also battery-operated power tools and a hydraulic jack and extra truck parts, sensors and belts should anything go awry miles from civilization. For the truck’s exterior, there’s 300 feet of water hose to keep it and its trailer — bounded in chrome and team branding — looking spotless.

“We put a lot into how this thing looks,” Trapp said. “It'll look like show-car condition by game time.”

And, of course, there’s a refrigerator full of groceries and drinks in the cabin. That's on top of a pair of twin beds and TV to help whoever isn’t behind the wheel get 10 hours of rest between drives, in compliance with federal regulations.

“To have guys like that — that take a lot of pride not just in getting the freight there, but also a lot of pride in working for Auburn and making sure everything is not just done but done at a high standard,” Tyler Renard, Auburn’s director of football equipment operations, said. “Those two guys really, really take a lot of pride in doing their job and doing it very, very well.”

The pre-planning for this week’s trip has been equal for Renard, who’s worked on it in some capacity since he arrived in Auburn in April 2022. That includes working with both Trapp and Sheppard, with whom he and assistant equipment manager Hunter Smithwick coordinate logistics.

It’s definitely been a different trip for Trapp and Sheppard. They often leave as early as Thursday or as late as Friday for a standard SEC road game. But what's made it different for Renard and his staff of two full-timers and 15 student-managers?

“Well, the reason it's different is because it's so far, right?” Renard said. “So, you have to have a little more foresight. Like, last week when we're playing UMass, and even in the summer getting ready for the first game. At the same time, we're also getting ready for Cal.”

Much of getting ready for the equipment staff is packing ahead. And for a game in Northern California, where temperatures are expected to be between 60 and 70 degrees at kickoff, that means packing cold-weather gear like jackets, long-sleeve team apparel and hand-warmers — things Renard has never packed for a Week 2 game in a 12-year career.

What can’t get packed early and loaded onto a truck, however, are helmets, pads and cleats. Those items, enough for a travel-roster’s worth, will be weighed and ultimately flown out with the team. That’s just one of the many parts where Jeremy Roberts, Auburn’s senior associate AD for operations comes into play.

Roberts has been with the athletics department for three decades and has worked in operations since 2006. He's the one who has to add the weight of pads and helmets to Auburn's flight manifest, but the bulk of the work he’s done for this weekend’s contest began Memorial Day weekend of 2022.

That’s when he and Auburn’s director of football operations, Mikel Riggs, flew out to the Bay Area to take a firsthand look at what would eventually be booked as Auburn’s team hotel. They also did something similar with California Memorial Stadium and local airports, seeing those spots to coordinate any specifics well in advance.

It’s an assured assessment of Auburn’s travel plans, and it’s common practice for Roberts, who does so for first-time trips. But a lot of what Roberts and Renard do for new encounters begins with relationships they’ve built.

For example, a relationship within Stanford’s athletics department helped Roberts find the team hotel. Renard’s connections within the NFL helped him coordinate the logistics of flying football equipment cross-country.

In Roberts' eyes, it’s the connections that are at the root of making these trips successful.

“It's just communication, and relationships and treating people the right way,” Roberts said. “We're all trying to do the same thing, which is be successful for the team or company that we're representing, right? So [when Auburn stays at] the Marriott at Grand National (in Opelika), obviously they're on our side because we're going out there seven times a year.

“We want the Marriott in Birmingham or the Sonesta in Nashville, or wherever we're going: We want them to be Auburn people for that time we’re there, because everything that they're doing for us is to help us win and be successful.”

What TV channel is Auburn-Cal on tonight? Live stream, how to watch online, time

Auburn travels to the West Coast on Saturday, Sept. 9, to face Cal. The game will be live streamed on fuboTV (free trial), SlingTV (half off first month) and Dir...

Auburn travels to the West Coast on Saturday, Sept. 9, to face Cal. The game will be live streamed on fuboTV (free trial), SlingTV (half off first month) and DirecTV Stream (free trial).

Auburn and California both had relatively easy openers with the Tigers beating Massachusetts 59-14 and the Golden Bears beating North Texas 58-21. Both should get tougher tests this week in a matchup of power conference teams.

Auburn has won its last five meetings against Pac-12 schools since losing the season opener 23-0 to USC in 2003. The Golden Bears are looking to start 2-0 in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 2018-19.

When is Auburn-Cal?

Auburn and Cal play at 9:30 p.m. (10:30 p.m. ET) on Saturday, Sept. 9.

Will it be live streamed?

The game will be live streamed on fuboTV, which offers a free trial. The most basic of plans is the “fubo pro” package, which comprises 146-plus channels for $74.99 per month. Like all cord-cutting alternatives, there are plenty of options, especially for sports. It comes with more than 1,000 hours of cloud-based DVR, and up to 10 screens at once.

There is also the “fubo elite” package, which comprises 205-plus channels for $84.99 per month. It comes with fuboExtra (48 more channels) and News Plus (11 more channels). Plus, more than 1,000 hours of cloud-based DVR, and up to 10 screens at once.

The “fubo premiere” package is “fubo elite” with the addition of Showtime for $94.99 per month.

Sling Orange is $40 a month and offers ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN3.

SlingTV is offering some special season-long football packages. Starting at $274 (a savings of $76), you can get five months of Orange & Blue + Sports Extra. The packages includes NFL Redzone, ESPN, NFL, SEC, ACC, PAC 12, Big10, and Longhorn Networks.

You can also get a college football specific offer. Get 5 months of Sling Orange + Sports Extra, starting at $199, a savings of $56, which Includes ESPN, SEC, ACC, PAC 12, and Longhorn Networks. Catch every game on ABC with ESPN3 simulcast.

Sling offers local games on Fox (select markets), Sunday Night Football on NBC (select markets), Monday Night Football on ESPN and NFL Network games.

DirecTV Stream offers a free trial.

There are four options of DirecTV Stream:

The Entertainment Package, which consists of 65+ channels, is $54.99 until the promotion runs out April 30. It’s the basic package for can’t-miss entertainment - including ESPN, TNT, Nickelodeon and HGTV.

The Choice Package has more than 90 channels and is $74.99 during the promotion. The channels in ENTERTAINMENT, plus MLB Network, NBA TV, college sports networks, and more. Enjoy Regional Sports Networks with no additional fees.

The Ultimate Package has more than 130 channels and is $89.99 during the promotion. Everything in CHOICE, plus Oxygen, Golf Channel, NHL Network, Universal Kids and more.

The Premier Package has more than 140 channels and is $134.99 during the promotion. Everything in ULTIMATE, plus HBO Max, SHOWTIME, STARZ, Cinemax and more.

DirecTV Stream offers a free trial that doesn’t require much effort.

To sign up, enter a phone number, email address and credit card, and you’ll receive five days of the service without charge.

In addition, enhance your experience with the DirecTV Stream device. While it doesn’t include a free trial, it give you access to thousands of apps like Netflix and more on Google Play. You can search using the voice remote with Google Assistant, and you can enjoy a traditional live TV channel guide. It is sold separately.

Will it be televised?

Auburn and Cal will be broadcast on ESPN.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Cal v. Auburn College Football Betting Odds and Lines: Vegas Oddsmakers Like the Tigers

The California Golden Bears’ (1-0) upcoming match-up against the Auburn Tigers (1-0) is expected to be close if Las Vegas oddsmakers are to be believed.California faces off against Auburn in Berkeley, Calif., on Saturday, Sept. 9. The latest college football betting odds and lines imply that California is a one-score underdog against Auburn.Cal v. Auburn college football betting odds and lines: Who is...

The California Golden Bears’ (1-0) upcoming match-up against the Auburn Tigers (1-0) is expected to be close if Las Vegas oddsmakers are to be believed.

California faces off against Auburn in Berkeley, Calif., on Saturday, Sept. 9. The latest college football betting odds and lines imply that California is a one-score underdog against Auburn.

Cal v. Auburn college football betting odds and lines: Who is favored to win?

The Cal v. Auburn college football betting odds opened at California +5.5 on Sunday, Sept. 3, according to VegasInsider, an aggregator of U.S. sportsbooks’ odds and betting lines.

The latest college football betting odds for California v. Auburn, as of Sunday afternoon, are between California +5.5 and California +7, which implies the California Golden Bears are about seven-point underdogs against the Auburn Tigers.

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Many U.S. sportsbooks have “over-or-under” totals between 55.5 and 57.5, according to odds and lines aggregated by Write for California. According to VegasInsider, the “over-or-under” total opened at 54.5.

With an over-or-under total set at 55.5, an “over” bet would pay out if the combined final score of Cal v. Auburn is 56 or higher, while an “under” bet is considered a win if the game’s point total is 55 points or lower.

The “moneyline” bet for California v. Auburn is between California +200 and California +188 and Auburn -250 and Auburn -245. In other words, a moneyline bet placed at the most favorable odds (California +200) would require a $100 bet to pay out a $200 profit if Cal beats Auburn. Alternatively, a moneyline bet in favor of Auburn would require a $245 wager to produce a $100 profit at Auburn’s most favorable moneyline offer of Auburn -245.

Cal v. Auburn college football: What you should know

Both teams head into this Week 2 contest in high spirits after easily dispatching their opponents this past weekend. Auburn rolled over the Massachusetts Minutemen Saturday, 59-14, while California put up a dominant 58-21 scoreline against the North Texas Mean Green in Denton, Texas.

All eyes will be on the California Golden Bears’ running backs. Jaydn Ott smashed through North Texas, running up two touchdowns and 188 rushing yards on 20 carries. California transfer Isaiah Ifanse also helped contribute three touchdowns and 54 yards on 10 touches carrying the rock.

The SEC’s Auburn Tigers gave up an average of 5.3 yards per carry to UMass in their season opener.

California fans and bettors should expect a fast-paced game. Auburn scored on four of its five possessions against UMass.

Auburn quarterback Robby Ashford completed only two passes on six attempts for three passing yards, but he punished the Minutemen with three rushing touchdowns in the second quarter.

Auburn’s Hunger Solutions Institute, California collaborate in nationwide milk incentive program

While the Auburn Tigers and California Golden Bears face off on the football field in Berkeley, California, on Sept. 9, an initiative called the +Add Milk! Healthy Fluid Milk Incentive will be working simultaneously in both states, allowing shoppers to save money while making healthier food and beverage choices.The Hunger Solutions Institute (HSI) in Auburn University’s College of Huma...

While the Auburn Tigers and California Golden Bears face off on the football field in Berkeley, California, on Sept. 9, an initiative called the +Add Milk! Healthy Fluid Milk Incentive will be working simultaneously in both states, allowing shoppers to save money while making healthier food and beverage choices.

The Hunger Solutions Institute (HSI) in Auburn University’s College of Human Sciences launched the +Add Milk! Healthy Fluid Milk Incentive (HFMI) in June with a goal to increase the purchase of healthy fluid milk (nonfat and low-fat) by low-income consumers participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). For every dollar of SNAP benefits a participant uses to purchase healthy fluid milk, +Add Milk! provides a dollar incentive as a coupon or discount to redeem for additional SNAP items.

Currently, +Add Milk! provides healthy fluid milk to numerous locations throughout Alabama, California, Georgia and South Dakota, with 79 of those locations being Mother’s Nutritional Centers in California.

“Nutrition incentive programs, like +Add Milk!, are important in helping SNAP households access healthy foods by not only providing financial incentives, but also by collaborating with local, independent retailers who already provide incredible customer service to SNAP households,” said Alicia Powers, managing director of Auburn’s Hunger Solutions Institute. “HSI is thrilled to collaborate with Mother’s Nutritional Center, a respected retailer in California known for their personalized shopping experience, locations in areas with limited food access and appeal to a diverse customer base.”

Earlier this year, HSI officials contacted a team at Mother’s Nutritional Center where Nancy Knauer works as the program director for programfs implemented at the nutritional center’s chain of stores.

“We are a local corner store, in communities where people walk to the stores,” she said. “We are in five counties in California and our emphasis is very much on customer service. It’s such a personalized shopping experience here, we know our customers by name.”

Customers at the center’s stores should be positively affected by this incentive program because their access to fresh, healthy food and beverage choices could be limited, compared to those in other highly populated areas where access to healthier food is easier.

“For California, the SNAP program is called CalFresh, and I think it’s going to be a great plus because people that shop with us most are using CalFresh and for them it’s doubling up their dollars,” Knauer said. “With the price of groceries so high, it really allows them to get more with their benefits and a lot of people need help nowadays in getting more from their dollar.”

College of Human Sciences Dean Susan Hubbard, Congressman Mike Rogers, Wright’s Market owner Jimmy Wright, USDA Food and Nutrition Service Administrator Cindy Long and International Dairy Foods Association president and CEO Michael Dykes attended a celebration event in June, marking the launch of the +Add Milk! Healthy Fluid Milk Incentive program, which will encourage the purchasing of healthy fluid milk at more than 116 locations in Alabama, California, Georgia and South Dakota.

The HFMI program was established as part of the 2018 Farm Bill to promote milk as part of a healthy, balanced diet consistent with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Overall, Americans are consuming less milk and in particular, low-income households usually purchase more high-fat milk than low-fat milk. Low-fat milk is an important part of a healthy diet, and health researchers have warned these declines over time could have health impacts on future generations. Studies have shown that incentive programs, like +Add Milk!, increase the purchase and consumption of incentivized food.

Michael Dykes, president and CEO of the International Dairy Foods Association who also earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Auburn in 1982, believes in the HFMI program and the impact it will make throughout the nation.

“In the face of ongoing food insecurity, it is crucial that we discover means to maximize the value of SNAP benefits by promoting the consumption of nutrient-dense foods,” he said. “We are immensely grateful for the exceptional talent and expertise of Auburn HSI in driving this program forward, as we work together to foster healthier eating habits.”

Auburn councilman appointed as California State Fire Marshal

Auburn City Councilman Daniel Berlant has been Acting State Fire Marshal for nine months. On Friday he was appointed as the state's 18th State Fire Marshal.Auburn city councilman Daniel Berlant was appointed as the California State Fire Marshal Friday.In addition to his work to better his hometown through council, Berlant has had a career working for CAL FIRE since 2001. His various positions include Deputy Director for Community Wildfire Preparedness & Mitigation, Assistant Deputy Director, Chief of Public Information, Dep...

Auburn City Councilman Daniel Berlant has been Acting State Fire Marshal for nine months. On Friday he was appointed as the state's 18th State Fire Marshal.

Auburn city councilman Daniel Berlant was appointed as the California State Fire Marshal Friday.

In addition to his work to better his hometown through council, Berlant has had a career working for CAL FIRE since 2001. His various positions include Deputy Director for Community Wildfire Preparedness & Mitigation, Assistant Deputy Director, Chief of Public Information, Department Information Officer, Communication Specialist and Defensible Space/Fire Inspector.

“I began my career with CAL FIRE as a volunteer in 2001 and since that day I simply wanted to serve my community help those during their time of need,” Berlant said in an email to the Auburn Journal.

Berlant said he was attracted to a career in fire protection after experiencing fire at his backdoor first hand. In 2000 while he was in high school, Berlant’s family was evacuated from the American Fire that burned several hundred acres in the canyon outside of Auburn.

“I watched CAL FIRE, then known as CDF, come in and quickly contain the fire and bring a surge of resources and support to protect our community,” he said. “From that day forward, I wanted to work for the department.”

That career began as a volunteer at the CDF Auburn Office in 2001, seasonal work in the Fire Prevention Bureau starting in 2002. He was hired for full-time employment after graduating from University of California, Davis.

Most recently, Berlant has been Acting State Fire Marshal for nine months while also serving as Deputy Director for Community Wildlife Preparedness & Mitigation. Governor Gavin Newsom appointed him as the 18th California State Fire Marshal officially on Friday.

“The State Fire Marshal is equivalent to a Chief Deputy Director for the department, which means that while I oversee the Office of the State Fire Marshal, I also support all parts of the department,” Berland said.

Berlant said his new position has taken him out of Sacramento a lot more than his previous roles.

“The State Fire Marshal is the highest ranking fire prevention official in the state,” he said. “Our team supports and regulates fire prevention topics from the development of the Fire Code to regulations and programs ranging from fireworks, wildfire mitigation, arson and bomb investigations, liquid petroleum pipeline to building and inspections of state-owned buildings.”

When asked how his experiences professionally have impacted his time serving the city of Auburn, Berlant said that fire safety has always been at the top of his agenda.

“Being a local representative absolutely gives me a unique perspective to ensure we support local control, while providing statewide fire and safety guidance and direction,” he said. “The State has policies and requirements on both more housing and wildfire prevention and my time as city council member has really helped me understand the balance needed in meeting both of these important issues.”

Berlant said he has been honored to represent Auburn on council for nine years.

“I see my new position really as an expansion of not only representing Auburn on fire issues, but now representing all Californians,” he said. “While my time on the city council will eventually come to an end, I’ll still be at all the Auburn events I can squeeze in, especially chasing around my 2-year-old as he prepares for his future as Auburn’s next generation of leaders.”


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