Giving Through The Community Foundation of Northern Nevada


Feeding the hungry today and solving hunger for tomorrow through community partnership.


Healthy food. Every person. Every day.

JaLisa’s face lit up when she saw a bag of oranges loaded into her grandma’s car at a Care and Share Food Bank’s Mobile Food Pantry.

The Food Bank of Northern Nevada helps alleviate food insecurity and hunger by distributing food to families and individuals through a network of 150 partner agencies in a 90,000 square mile service area throughout northern Nevada and the eastern slope of the sierra in California. We currently serve 120,000 people on average each month, almost half of whom are children and seniors. Last fiscal year, we provided more than 17.1 million meals to neighbors who were hungry. The Food Bank also plays a leading role in collaborating with other committed northern Nevada community members and organizations to address the root causes of hunger.

The Food Bank is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization incorporated in 1983 in Nevada that has earned Charity Navigator’s Four Star Charity rating and is an Accredited Charity with the Better Business Bureau.

We are a proud member of Feeding America, a network of more than 200 food banks. The Feeding America network is the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization and provides more than 4 billion meals to virtually every community in the United States. Membership means access to millions of pounds of surplus food and grocery donations.

Because of efficient operations, the Food Bank can turn $1 into 3 meals. Some giving level examples and the meals provided are:

$1,000 = 3,000 meals

$2,500 = 7,500 meals

$5,000 = 15,000 meals

$10,000 = 30,000 meals

Current Funding Priorities

Our focus is on ensuring we have adequate funding to fully operate our various programs including:

  • Core Food Distribution to our partner agencies
  • Mobile Harvest fresh produce distribution
  • School Food Pantries and Back-Pack Kids
  • Senior Food Boxes, Produce on Wheels and Golden Groceries pantries that serve older people
  • Prescription Pantry Program (food as medicine)
  • Tribal Outreach
  • SNAP Outreach
  • Nutrition Education for families and seniors


Contact Karen Senger, Director of Development, to discuss funding opportunities at 775-785-1402 or

To make a grant from your Community Foundation Donor Advised Fund, call a member of the Community Foundation’s Philanthropic Advising Team at 775-333-5499.

The Food Bank is currently experiencing issues with our email system and emails being SENT to outside email addresses. We are working to resolve this as quickly as possible. In the meantime, if you are expecting to hear from a Food Bank staff member, please check your SPAM folder to see if the correspondence may be there, or call 331-3663.
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