Food Bank of Northern Nevada

550 Italy Dr, Sparks, NV 89434
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Weekend or Weeknight Partner Food Pantry Distribution

Weekend or Weeknight Partner Food Pantry Distribution

Food Bank of Northern Nevada

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  • Adults (18+)
  • One-time
  • Anytime
  • Individuals
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Distribution Center Volunteer

Volunteers working at the Food Bank’s distribution center take on the task of sorting and packing non-perishable food items generously donated by the community. Our warehouse volunteers also help with packing boxes distributed to seniors through the Commodity and Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) and sorting and packing bulk produce for distribution through our Mobile Harvest program and Partner Agencies.
  • One-time, Occasional, Weekly, Monthly
  • Teens, 55+, Adults, Child with Adult
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10), Groups (10+), Corporate Teams, Families
  • Indoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Distribute Food in the Community

Want to see the impact you’re having first-hand? Consider volunteering at any of our client distribution programs. We recruit volunteers for Mobile Harvest and Senior CSFP box distribution throughout our service area. During the summer, we also need volunteers at some of our larger Kids Cafe Summer Meals sites.
  • Occasional, Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults, Child with Adult
  • Individuals, Families
  • Indoor, Outdoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Administrative Support

From time to time, the Food Bank needs help with mailings, database management, courtesy calls and other clerical duties in our offices. Administrative volunteers are recruited on an as-needed basis. Please let us know if you’d like to be added to our list of administrative volunteers.
  • Occasional
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Office work
  • On-site
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Special Events

Throughout the year, the Food Bank hosts and participates in several community events. Periodically, these events need volunteers to help facilitate and run them. We’d love to have you join us!
  • One-time, Occasional
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Event support
  • On-site
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends
Items we need

What to Donate

Access to nutritious food is vital for our neighbors who face hunger, and we ask that those donating food choose the most nutritious items available whenever possible.  When making a food donation, please use the list below to determine what foods to donate.
  • Canned Meals: Stews, Soups, Spaghetti/Ravioli (Low-Sodium Preferred)
  • Protein: Peanut Butter, Tuna, Salmon, Chicken, Dried or Canned Beans
  • Grains: Whole Grain Cereal, Oatmeal, Brown Rice, Whole Grain Pasta
  • Fruits: Canned (Packed in 100% Juice or Light Syrup), Dried Fruit, Applesauce (No Sugar Added), 100% Fruit Juice Boxes
  • Vegetables: Canned (No Salt Added and/or Low-Sodium Preferred)
  • Dairy: Shelf Stable Milk
  • Kid-friendly Snacks: Granola Bars, Popcorn, Animal Crackers, Graham Crackers
  • Baby Products: Formula, Infant Cereal, Baby Food
Please note – food items donated through food drives should be non-perishable and non-expired. Please DO NOT donate home-made food, food in glass containers, or any food that has been opened or is unlabeled.
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How you help The dedication of caring, compassionate community members is an integral part of our work, and we welcome and appreciate your time, talent, and interest in joining us in the fight against hunger. Together, we can solve hunger!
About us The Food Bank of Northern Nevada serves the hungry with the assistance of more than 100 partner agencies in Northern Nevada and the Eastern Sierra. The Food Bank of Northern Nevada provides food to food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, after-school programs and Kids Cafe (dinner program), Kids Cafe Summer Meals program, Food Stamp Outreach and much more. Among clients who visit emergency food program sites, 58% are over age 50 and 35% are over age 65. Children are the most vulnerable to hunger; 37% of emergency food recipients are children under the age of 18. Last year the Food Bank of Northern Nevada provided over 4 million meals to low income seniors, children and families.
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