06/13/2013 by | Comments (0)
I love to work at the Food Bank. Every day I am reminded of how important itis to help people connect with basic needs when they are havingdifficulty. I like the environment inwhich I work, how we are seen in the community and most of all what we do. It is easy to be passionate about feedingpeople.
Today, I went to Glenn Duncan elementary school and picked up a donation from a couple of classes of second graders. The students decided who they were going to raise the money for so it meant even more to us. They told me about their project in which they grew plants in soil and in then in sand as a science project. When they were done, they ended up with quite a few plants left over. They decided to sell the plants and give the proceeds to the Food Bank to feed the hungry. They sold the plants for $1 each and raised$71 dollars, the equivalent of 213 meals. They asked a lot of questions and we got some photos. They event gave me a plant to take back for my desk. Thank you to these great kids and their teachers for making my day!
Here are some more pictures from the visit. Glenn Duncan pictures
03/22/2013 by | Comments (0)
The CANstruction Jurors examined the CANstruction creations late Thursday afternoon and completed the very difficult task of deciding who would take home the trophies for two Honorable Mentions, Best Use of Labels, Best Meal, Best Structural Ingenuity and Juror’s Favorite for this year’s event. The winners will also have photographs of their structures sent to compete nationally in CANstruction through the American Institute of Architects.
The two Honorable Mention awards were given to Harrah’s for their structure named “Wolf” and Cold Springs Middle School for their “CANcer Awareness” structure. Best use of Labels went the Depoali Middle School for their structure “Strike out Hunger” with design professional, Max Hershenow. Best Meal was awarded to the American Society of Civil Engineers for their structure “Giving a DAM about Hunger” with design professional Catie Harrison. The award for Structural Ingenuity went to Sierra Nevada Job Corps with their structure, “Float above Hunger” and design professional Pete Dube. The Juror’s Choice award was given to NV Energy for their “Smart Car” structure, completed with design professional, Dolores Henderson.
Also awarded was the first year of the Ric Licata CAN Do award. Ric Licata, a Reno Architect was responsible for bringing CANstruction to the area. He passed away in August of 2012 and the American Institute of Architects of Northern Nevada, and the Food Bank of Northern Nevada wanted to honor Ric by creating an award recognizing team spirit and exemplary collaboration, as Ric always showed. Ric’s wife, Shanna Licata chose the winner and presented the award to the team. After to speaking to the teams, she found that two teams were actually working together to make it all happen and chose a tie decision. The two awards were given to the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Pampered Chef/YESCO team. This new award will occur each year.
There is one additional award to be decided over the weekend and this is the People’s Choice Award. The public can now vote, Friday, Saturday and Sunday for their favorite structure. Each vote is $1 and all of the money will go to benefit the Food Bank of Northern Nevada.
People’s Choice voting is available 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Friday & Saturday and 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Sunday.
To seeCANstruction Build-Out photos, click here.
The event is organized by the American Institute of Architects of Northern Nevada (AIANN) and sponsored by Wetlab, Meadowood Mall, AIANN, Pat Pusich, DJE Architects, Fred and Janice Graham, Walmart, Kinross Gold, Microsoft, GML Architects, KTVN Channel 2, Peter Duffy, Freeman Decorating, Cooks Photography, Nevada Blue and Digiprint. All of the food at the end of the competition is donated to the Food Bank of Northern Nevada.
03/12/2013 by | Comments (0)
CANstruction Builds Meals and So Much More
For the 10th year, CANstruction is back with sculptures made of edibles, competing as well as feeding. The event will be Wednesday, March 20 through Sunday, March 24 at Meadowood Mall. There will be a total of 10 professional and student teams creating large art structures out of canned and packaged food. This year, there will be five student teams. While learning the basics of design and building from local architects, students also learning about planning, math, teamwork and giving back to the community.
It all starts on Wednesday, March 20 which is build out day. Construction for all team will be from 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. On Thursday, March 21 judging will be from 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 22 – Sunday, March 24: The displays will be open to the public for “People’s choice” voting. Attendees can vote for their favorites with $1 per vote. Meadowood Mall hours are 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Friday & Saturday and 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Sunday.
CANstruction is a visually stimulating and educational food drive that combines architecture, design, learning and planning. It brings professionals in the architecture, design and construction fields together with students for a great experience that feeds people at the same time.
The event is organized by the American Institute of Architects of Northern Nevada (AIANN) and sponsored by Wetlab, Meadowood Mall, AIANN, Pat Pusich, DJE Architects, Fred and Janice Graham, Walmart, Kinross Gold, Microsoft, GML Architects, KTVN Channel 2, Freeman Decorating, Cooks Photography, Nevada Blue and Digiprint. All of the food at the end of the competition is donated to the Food Bank of Northern Nevada.
01/30/2013 by | Comments (0)
We're doing Souper at the Food Bank - Thank you so much for asking. We understand that it is the Souper Bowl this weekend and many people are watching the game. Am I spelling that correctly or do I just have warm soup on the brain? We've seen the Kapernick fever that is spreading throughout our area and we know that many will be gathering with friends to watch the game. If every person watching the game with a friend brought a can of soup for the hungry, it could make a souper splash difference! Encourage your friends to donate a can of soup and drop them at the nearest Goodwill Donation Center and I think February will be off to a souper start. We seem a little biased in Northern Nevada but - go Niners.
01/09/2013 by | Comments (0)
Just like people, the Food Bank of Northern Nevada probably has more than one thing that we want to accomplish this year. But, of those New Year's resolutions, one we have is to get more children eating at our Kids Cafe program.
Kids Cafe is a free meal program for children ages 1-18 years. During the school year, a free dinner is available at 26 locations throughout Washoe County (most are in public schools). Kids Cafe meals are supported by USDA and Child and Adult Care Food Programs and are available to all children without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. Free nutritious meals are served to all children ages 1-18 years. Meals must be eaten on site.
Right now, less than 10% of eligible (based on free and reduced school lunch numbers) children are eating these meals. Help us get the word out. Thank you!!!
While Kids Cafe meals are most often served in an after school program, children and teens do not need to be enrolled in that program or even attend that school to eat dinner. Serving times for the 2012-2013 school year have been extended to an hour in hopes that more siblings and children outside the afterschool program will take advantage of the free afternoon meal. Most sites serve dinner Monday through Friday with some variations to this schedule. Times vary by site. A full listing of sites and meal times can be found at www.fbnn.org