The Food Bank of Northern Nevada offers a variety of programs to ensure seniors have access to the food they need to stay healthy.
The Food Bank is working closely with our partner food pantries to establish food pantry locations and hours focused exclusively on serving our senior clients. We’re excited to see this program grow over the next several months.
Through the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), the Food Bank of Northern Nevada provides a monthly box of nutritious food to low-income seniors 60 years and over. Boxes are distributed at more than 40 locations across Reno, Sparks, and rural northern Nevada. Program participants are provided with a box of supplemental food items, which may include canned meat; vegetables; fruit; cereal, pasta, rice, or potatoes; evaporated or dry milk; dry beans or peanut butter; and American cheese each month.
Seniors who do not meet the income guidelines set forth for CSFP may attend distributions to receive a similar box of pantry staples through the Food Bank’s Senior Box program. Guests visiting the CSFP/Senior Box distributions are also able to access fresh fruits and vegetables while picking up their monthly box.
CSFP is a program of the USDA and is administered by the Nevada State Department of Administration, Purchasing Division; Food Distribution Program. The Food Bank of Northern Nevada is an equal opportunity employer and provider. Click here to view the complete non-discrimination statement.
For more information on either of these programs, or to inquire about whether you may qualify, please contact Leigh Warren at (775) 331-3663 ext 151.
The Food Bank’s Produce on Wheels program focuses on providing access to healthy, nutritious foods that can often be out of reach when living on a fixed income. Produce on Wheels delivers fresh produce to clients at senior living communities and senior centers across northern Nevada. Each location is visited twice per month, and seniors are provided with small, manageable quanitities of a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. Clients are welcome and encouraged to attend both distributions held at their assigned site each month.
Seniors Eating Well is a series of classes offered by the Food Bank of Northern Nevada that aims to improve the health, nutrition knowledge and behaviors of older adults. It focuses specifically on reducing sodium intake, increasing healthy fats, healthy snacking, preparing fruits, vegetables & whole grains, reading nutrition labels, and physical activity.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP/formerly food stamps) is an important program for struggling seniors and others . The Food Bank of Northern Nevada offers SNAP Outreach to help connect eligible clients to these vital benefits. Our team is available to answer questions regarding eligibility and can even assit with the application process. Visit the SNAP Help page for more information and to view the current schedule for our Snap Outreach team.