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Get Help

If you are struggling with hunger, we have a variety of programs to help.

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Explore the Food Bank and Partner Distributions Locator and Calendar for all food resources available to help you meet your food needs.  You can also scroll down to view and download PDFs of the monthly calendar for all Food Bank programs and lists of our partner food pantries with their service hours.

Food Bank and Partner Distributions Locator and Calendar

Food Bank and Partner Distribution Locator
Use this interactive map to locate food resources near you.
Food Bank and Partner Distribution Calendar
View the calendar to find distributions that work for your schedule.
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Food Finder

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Explore the Food Bank and Partner Distributions Locator and Calendar for all food resources available to help you meet your food needs.  You can also scroll down to view and download PDFs of the monthly Mobile Harvest calendar, lists of our partner food pantries with their service hours, and the TEFAP distribution schedule.

Emergency Food Pantries

The Food Bank of Northern Nevada distributes food to local food pantries so that people and families can receive a bag of groceries and other emergency food assistance close to their own neighborhoods. These food pantries are open to help on different days of the week and at various times during those days. Those in need of food assistance can find a variety of resources available through our partner agencies and direct service programs.

Find a food pantry near you

Washoe County: English |Spanish
Rural Northern Nevada & California Communities: English |Spanish

Mobile Harvest

Access to nutritious, healthful food is vital for the community members we serve. Throughout the month, the Food Bank’s Mobile Harvest program visits neighborhoods across northern Nevada and eastern California to distribute produce and other fresh food items to clients.  All community members in need of food assistance are welcome to visit Mobile Harvest.  There are no qualification requirements, and each household may pick up food from a Mobile Harvest distribution once per week.

View the Mobile Harvest Schedule:

Washoe County: September 2022 | October 2022
Rural Northern Nevada & California Communities: September 2022 | October 2022

what to expect when arriving at mobile harvest

  • Many Mobile Harvest distributions are currently being run as a drive-through format.  When you arrive at a drive-through site, please be sure to pay close attention to all signs, as well as staff and volunteers directing traffic.  We kindly ask that you remain in your vehicle the entire time.  Your groceries will be loaded into your vehicle for you; please have the door unlocked and ensure that there is space available for the food.  
    • Those without transportation are still welcome to visit drive-through Mobile Harvest sites and will be served via a walk-up line.  Please respect social distancing at all times while on site by remaining at least 6ft away from those not in your household.
  • Other sites will be using our walk-up distribution model.  All walk-up sites will marked accordingly on the monthly schedule.
    • When attending a walk-up site, please remember to bring your own bags for us to pack your selected items into.  We cannot guarantee that we will have bags available for those who don’t have their own.

Intake & check-in

  • Intake Form: During your first visit to Mobile Harvest, and once per year after, we will need to collect an Intake Form from you.  Please know that your responses to the questions on this form are completely confidential and in no way impact your ability to receive food assistance through Mobile Harvest.  If you have a printer available to you, you can make the intake process on-site even faster by downloading and completing this form prior to arriving at the site.  English Intake Form | Spanish Intake Form
  • Barcode IDs: If you have an ID that has a barcode on it, we ask that you provide this during check-in, as it can greatly speed up the check-in process.  Please note, IDs are not required, and you will still be happily served with or without one.  This request simply helps to move the line along more quickly.

Having others pick food up on your behalf

  • If you are unable to make it to a distribution for any reason, you may have a friend/family member pick up your food if you have completed an Authorization Form and designated the person on this form. You may designate up to three people to pick up food on your behalf.  Your household may still only receive food once per week, regardless of who is attending the distribution.
  • If you have not already completed the Authorization Form, you may download and complete it here and have the person bring it with them to the distribution: EnglishSpanish
  • Please note, you must already have a form on file with us OR the person attending the distribution must bring the form completed and signed by you with them, or we will not be able to allow them to pick up food on your behalf.
  • If you are a designated person picking up for another household: You may get food for YOUR household and ONE other household each week.  You may be an authorized person for more than one household but will not be able to get food for multiple on any given week.

 

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) is a federal program that provides food commodities at no cost to Americans in need of short-term hunger relief through food providers like emergency food pantries, food banks, soup kitchens and shelters.

The types of USDA foods expected to be available are juices, canned fruits and vegetables, canned and/or frozen meats, dry beans, and pastas.  Food may be picked up once per month at a designated location.  There will be no make-up benefits.  If you do not participate during a month at your designated location, you will lose your benefits for that month.

For questions regarding eligibility or distribution, contact Chris Gleim, Commodities and Procurement Programs Supervisor, at (775) 331-3663 ext 129.

To Qualify:

  • ID and proof of Nevada residency is required for the receipt of USDA food
  • Each household must read the “Self Declaration Assurance” and certify eligibility by signing the issuance sheet that their household income does not exceed 185% of the federal poverty guidelines.  View the TEFAP income eligibility guidelines here
  • For each additional household member add $645.00 per month

View the TEFAP Distribution Schedule   

The Food Bank of Northern Nevada is an equal opportunity employer and provider.  Click here to view the complete non-discrimination statement.

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Neighborhood Pantry

The Food Bank of Northern Nevada distributes food to pantries throughout our region to offer food assistance.

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Explore the Food Bank and Partner Distributions Locator and Calendar for all food resources available to help you meet your food needs.  You can also scroll down to view and download PDFs of the Kids Cafe schedule(s).

Kids Cafe DInner Program

Kid Cafe Fall Break Schedule – Free meals for all children will be served between October 3-7 at the following locations:

Evelyn Mount Northeast Community Center | 1301 Valley Road – Reno, NV
Snack 8:30-9:00am | Lunch 12:00-12:30pm

Sparks Recreation Center | 98 Richards Way – Sparks, NV
Lunch 12:00-12:30pm

North Valleys Library | 1075 N Hills Blvd – Golden Valley, NV
Lunch 12:00am-12:30pm

Sparks Library | 1125 12th St. Sparks, NV

Lunch 12:15 – 12:45 pm

Downtown Library | 301 S. Center Street, Reno, NV
Lunch 11:00am-11:30pm

Veteran’s Elementary School | 1200 Locust St. Reno, NV
Dinner 3:00-3:30 pm

 

Throughout the school year, the Kids Cafe Dinner Program serves after school meals at several schools and community centers throughout the Reno/Sparks area.  Meals are typically also served during school breaks.

  • Meals are available at no charge for all children and youth ages 2-18.
  • Children do not have to attend any after school programming being offered at the time of meal service in order to be served dinner.
  • Meals need to be eaten on-site.

The 2022-2023 Kids Cafe schedule will be posted as soon as it is available.  It may take a few weeks after the new school year begins for sites to be up and running.  In the meantime, families can access additional food resources through their School Food Pantry, Mobile Harvest and partner food pantries.  

Kids Cafe Summer Meals

The Food Bank of Northern Nevada’s Kids Cafe program also offers free breakfast/snack and lunch to children 2-18 years old throughout summer break.  Meals are served at a variety of community locations throughout the summer on weekdays.


The Food Bank of Northern Nevada is an equal opportunity employer and provider.  Click here for additional information in English or Spanish.

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Golden Groceries Pantries

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.

Partner pantries currently offering senior-only hours are:

  • Sparks Christian Fellowship – 510 Greenbrae Dr, Sparks| Every Wednesday 9:00-10:00am
  • Center of Influence – 1095 E Taylor St, Reno | Every Thursday 10:00-11:00am
  • St. Francis of Assisi – 160 Hubbard Way Ste. F, Reno | Every Thursday 11:00-12:00pm
  • Salvation Army – 1560 Main Street, Susanville, CA | Monday through Friday 8:00-9:00am
  • Eureka Senior Center – 20 W. Gold St., Eureka | Second Tuesday of the month from 1-2:30 pm

Senior Box/CSFP

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. View the Nutrition in the Commodity Supplemental Food Program Food Package flyer for nutrition information and tips.

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.

View the CSFP Distribution Schedule: 

Washoe County: September 2022
Rural Counties: September 2022

CSFP Eligibility:

  • Participants must meet CSFP income requirements (View the 2022 Income Eligibility Guidelines)
  • Participants must be at least 60 years of age
  • Eligible clients are required to provide monthly gross income, proof of residency in the state of NV, and a photo ID

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.

Senior Box Eligibility:

  • Recipients must be at least 60 years of age
  • Must show proof of residence in the state of NV
  • Income should fall below 185% of the Federal Poverty Level
  • Must be willing to complete a brief Intake Form

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.

Produce on Wheels

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.  During each distribution, 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.

View the Produce on Wheels Schedule: September 2022 | October 2022

For more information on Produce on Wheels, please contact Kristen Harris at (775) 331-3663 ext 142.

Eligibility:

  • Participants must be at least 60 years of age
  • Must have a valid ID and be willing to complete a brief Intake Form and Survey
  • There are NO income restrictions for this program.

SENIORS EATING WELL Nutrition Classes

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.

Help with snap

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.

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The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP/formerly food stamps) is an important program for struggling families, seniors, and others.  The Food Bank of Northern Nevada offers SNAP Outreach to help connect eligible clients to these vital benefits.

If you or someone you know may be eligible for SNAP benefits, our SNAP Outreach staff can help you with:

•    Answering questions about income guidelines and other qualification requirements
•    Helping applicants to fill out and submit their application
•    Conducting the required interview portion of the application process
•    Accepting and verifying required documentation for the application process
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View the SNAP Guidelines Flier for more information.

SNAP Outreach Schedules:

Washoe County: September 2022 | October 2022
Rural Northern Nevada Communities: September 2022 | October 2022

Download the SNAP Application to get started.

You may bring your completed application to any SNAP Outreach site.  We’ll also be happy to assist you, if needed, in completing the form.

Clients living outside of Washoe County may also reach a SNAP Outreach staff member for assistance with applying for benefits by contacting our SNAP hotline at (775) 331-3663, ext. 152, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

{Click here to view the State of Nevada Division of Welfare and Supportive Services Non-Discrimination Statements.}

Please note: If you are e-mailing in regards to receiving food stamp benefits, please include a phone number to reach you at (if possible) so that we may contact you in a timely manner.

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If you are struggling, we can help you apply for SNAP assistance to help make ends meet.

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FREE NUTRITION CLASSES FOR FAMILIES & SENIORS 

The Food Bank’s commitment to ending hunger in our region includes a belief that knowledge is power for the families in need. The Nutrition Education program at the Food Bank of Northern Nevada offers a free nutrition class series for families called Smart Shopper and a class series for seniors called Seniors Eating Well. We also offer Nutrition on Wheels, which is nutrition education and activities for clients accessing our Mobile Harvest and Produce on Wheels distributions.

Now OFFERING Virtual classes!

Smart Shopper

Smart Shopper is a series of classes offered by the Food Bank of Northern Nevada that promotes a healthy lifestyle on a budget. Each class incorporates discussions, activities, food tastings, and time to be physically active. Classes are hosted by neighborhood schools where many families have been identified to be SNAP-eligible.

Seniors Eating Well

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.

Nutrition on Wheels at Distributions

NOW (Nutrition on Wheels) Nutrition Program is provided by the Food Bank at Mobile Harvest and Produce on Wheels distribution sites. The Food Bank’s Mobile Harvest & Produce on Wheels truck delivers fruits and vegetables into 40+ neighborhoods every month, year round. Families who otherwise cannot access or afford to buy fresh produce come to meet the truck at a site in their neighborhood, and go home with a generous supply of produce and other perishable foods, including dairy, yogurt, etc. While they are waiting to check-in, a bilingual nutrition educator sets up a table and talks with clients about pertinent nutrition topics in the form of short nutrition lessons.


For more information about the Food Bank’s Nutrition Education programs, please contact Child Nutrition & Nutrition Education Manager, Cheryl Le, at (775) 331-3663 ext 132.

The Food Bank proudly supports Produce for Better Health Foundation’s Fruits & Veggies-More Matters initiative.

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Nutrition Education

Knowledge is power and our nutrition education team works to offer tips and tricks of how to eat healthy on a budget.

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