The Northern Nevada Food Bank and KTVN Channel 2 Reno partnered again for their annual food drive on Friday.
Dozens of volunteers gathered both at the Governor’s Mansion in Carson City and Carson Valley Inn in Douglas County, as well as Reno’s Grand Sierra Resort, to collect donations for the needy.
Jenny Yeager of the Food Bank said the non-perishable foods collected are divided among three agencies in the Carson City area — the Ron Wood Center, Advocates to End Domestic Violence and FISH. In Douglas, the donations go to the Carson Valley Food Closet.
She said the goal is to beat last year’s total of 191,000 pounds of food across western Nevada. According to preliminary calculations by KTVN, more than 180,000 pounds was donated on Friday.
Joyce Buckingham of the Ron Wood Center said they were a bit concerned that, while the need is still great, collections might fall short of the goal. But Yeager said Advocates reported receiving 7,200 pounds of food at the mansion Friday — a solid total.
They said they are looking for canned fruits, vegetables, meats, meals in a can and fish, as well as baby food and formula, cereals, pasta and rice. Donors were encouraged to drive by and hand their contributions to waiting volunteers.
Buckingham said they are more than willing to accept a cash donation if that’s what people prefer instead of canned goods.
Yeager said the Food Bank makes an effort to ensure that foods collected in a given area remain in that area for those who need help getting through the Christmas season.