07/19/2012 by | Comments (0)
Join us for a Hootenanny for Hunger
FRIDAY, JULY 20th, 2012, 7:00 pm at SORENSEN’S RESORT in HOPE VALLEY, CALIFORNIA A Hootenanny Birthday Benefit for the Food Bank of Northern Nevadawith WOODY GUTHRIE, DUST BOWL TROUBADOURAccompanied by his good-time road buddies PETE SEEGER & CISCO HOUSTON Crusaders against high rents, low wages, loan sharks, greedy bankers and lying politiciansStraight from the Oklahoma dust bowl, the Texas oil boom towns gone bust, the long lonesome Lincoln Highway, and the migrant worker camps of CaliforniaBraving dust storms, rain storms, hot deserts, cold mountains, farm foreclosures, railroad bulls and vigilante thugs to deliver their homemade songs, poems, jokes, stories, and no-nonsense wisdom (NOTE: all songs are protected by US copyright law #1776-IWW and anyone singing them without our permission will be a darn good friend of ours) · Admission $10/person donation, matched by Sorensen’s, with all proceeds benefiting the Food Bank of Northern Nevada, who are feeding more hungry folks than ever before. · Bring a jacket, bring the kids, and sing along around the campfire. · Songbooks will be provided, and hot chocolate & cookies will be served. Communist literature will not be available, but most of us are already in the red. · Sorensen’s Resort offers picturesque lodging, good food and fine drink in an idyllic mountain meadow setting. Public as well as private campgrounds are located nearby. For more information go to http://www.sorensensresort.com/
Woody as portrayed by David Fenimore, Pete by Time Gorelangton, & Cisco by Michael P. Hogan.
06/28/2012 by | Comments (3)
What do you want for your 10th Birthday?
It takes many people in our community to offer food to those who need a little extra help. Dillon Greenan knows this and just finished his annual Birthday Food Drive. Dillon just celebrated his tenth birthday and he had an idea to raise food instead of presents. He decided that he had enough “stuff” and wanted to do something different that would help the community. He asked for food donations at his party and even at a City of Reno Summer Camp he attended. Last year was his first effort and he raised about 100 pounds. This year, he raised over 200 pounds of food and is already planning for next year. “If you have food to eat and a place to sleep, I challenge you to donate to the Food Bank,” Dillon added when asked about the drive. Dillon’s parents are proud of Dillon for his work and dedication to this effort and it isn’t difficult to see why. We are grateful for Dillon and his friends for being the new generation of giving back.
Thank you Dillon from us and from the hungry in our community!
06/27/2012 by | Comments (0)
Walk, Run or Bike to Feed People
The Food Bank of Northern Nevada through Feeding America, the nation’s network of food banks, is now benefitting from a new mobile app, Charity Miles. Charity Miles is a new iPhone and Android app that enables people to earn money for charity while walking, running or biking. The app allows people to earn money for nine of the world’s top charities, including Feeding America.
The app is free and simple to use. No special event is required. People just launch the app, choose a charity and either walk, run or bike. The selected charity then earns money for every mile covered. Walkers and runners earn 25¢ per mile; bikers earn 10¢ per mile, all up to an initial $1,000,000. Charity Miles, LLC is backing the initial $1,000,000 and issuing a worldwide challenge to see if people can earn it for the charities within a year.
More than 11 million Americans walked, ran or biked for charity last year, collectively raising over $1 billion from friends and family. But by themselves, individuals are usually unable to attract corporate sponsors.
Charity Miles’ founders set out to solve this problem by aggregating the supporters from several of the world’s top charities and creating a platform that empowers them to collaboratively attract corporate sponsors. As the program grows, they plan to include other charities in the app as well.
“By working together, we can all become sponsored athletes,” says founder Gene Gurkoff. “Just like the pros, but for charity. And there are a lot more of us than there are pro athletes. So, just imagine how we can change the world.”
“I think this Charity Miles app is a great idea," says Kenyan marathon legend and New York City Marathon winner, Paul Tergat. "Runners like me can help end hunger with the World Food Programme. I grew up with school lunches from WFP- they changed my life. Let’s do the same for more children!”
Doug Montgomery, Managing Director of Corporate Partnerships for Feeding America, agrees. “We are very excited about Charity Miles,” he says. “It’s a game-changer.”
Charity Miles is now available to download for free in the iPhone and Android . The Charity Miles app can be found at http://www.charitymiles.org .
06/19/2012 by | Comments (0)
As you are aware, hunger directly affects the health or lack of health for every person. Basic nutrition is an important key to basic health. In 2010, close to 15% of Nevadans were food insecure, which means they had difficulty providing enough food for themselves and their family.
To reduce or eliminate food insecurity in Nevada, a statewide strategic planning process is underway. In order to create an effective plan, Nevadans are asked to complete this survey to help the Strategic Planning Steering Committee understand food insecurity among Nevadans.
To assist in this effort we ask that you help us to gather as much information as we can about food insecurity in our state and the clients we serve. Below is a link to the online survey.
If you work with people who are food insecure, or if you are food insecure, please help us by filling out this survey. If you need printed copies, please let us know.
Completed written surveys can be sent to us at the Food Bank of Northern Nevada at 550 Italy Drive, McCarran, NV 89434 or SEI at 6548 S. McCarran Blvd., Suite B Reno, NV 89509. The deadline is June 29, 2012.
If you help people who are food insecure, we’d love it if you could also post the survey on your website. Participants will be eligible for random drawings held across the state for a chance to win a $20 gift card to a local grocery store. In addition to the drawing, focus groups will be conducted where each participant will be given a $10 grocery store gift card to thank them for their time. Nevadans can volunteer for a focus group by completing this survey. To be eligible for the drawing and focus group, you MUST complete all mandatory questions marked with three asterisks (***) and must be a Nevada resident.
All responses will remain anonymous. If you would like to take this survey online, please go to:
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/nevadafoodinsecurity - English version
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/foodinsecurityspanish -Spanish Version
Your participation on this important project is greatly appreciated.
06/13/2012 by | Comments (0)
SNAP (Food Stamp) Outreach at Farmers Markets
The Food Bank of Northern Nevada offers SNAP (Food Stamp) outreach to clients at a variety of locations each month. Outreach workers help clients fill out the application, they conduct the interview, and they deliver the paperwork for processing. This assistance can be vital in connecting families with SNAP benefits that helps to provide access to adequate nutritious food for their families.
This year, the Food Bank has added several Farmers Markets to the outreach schedule to assist more clients in getting connected with these important benefits. This schedule includes outreach workers at the following farmers markets throughout the season: Carson City, 3rd & Curry St. , Saturday: 8:30 a.m.—1::30 p.m., Fallon-Tuesday, 310 S. Taylor St., Tuesday: 5:00 –8:00 p.m., Sparks, 1231 Pyramid Way- Tuesdays: 8:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m., Hawthorne– Every other Friday beginning June 15: 10:00 a.m.—1 p.m., Dayton, Community Roots– Hwy 50 & 2nd Ave., Thursdays: 3:00—6:30 p.m., Silver Springs, Penny Park—1355 Donner Trail, Thursday: 8:30—11:00 a.m. and Dayton, Hwy 50 & 2nd Ave. , Thursday: 3:00—6:00 p.m.
In addition, EBT (SNAP benefits) are being accepted by a number of Farmers at the Markets including Lattin Farms, Holley Farms, and Community Roots Stands. Additional information about these farms can be found at www.lattinfarms.com, www.healthycomm.org and www.holleyfamilyfarms.com.
For more information about SNAP Outreach by the Food Bank and for a full list of outreach times and locations, call 775-331-3663 or visit fbnn.org.