MLK Day of Service at the Food Bank of Northern Nevada!

Nevada Conservation Corps AmeriCorps members Kim Daniels (left), Kimberly Carsten (middle), and Matt McEttrick (right) at the Food Bank facility at the end of the Martin Luther King service day.

Northern Nevada families will receive 5,000 pounds of produce and 9,000 pounds of canned food because of 30 volunteers who made MLK Day “A Day On, Not A Day Off”.

AmeriCorps members from Great Basin Institute’s Nevada Conservation Corps (NCC) and community volunteers joined together to help the Food Bank of Northern Nevada. Kimberley Carsten, an NCC member reflects on her experience, “I was most impressed that they [Northern Nevada Food Bank] can provide four meals for just one dollar. That means they are making the most of the items and money that are donated. I was proud to work for this organization for the day; making a big impact on the community in a time where so many people are depending on their services to feed their families.”

The Food Bank of Northern Nevada is a regional food distribution center and support system for more than 125 partner agencies serving the needy, the ill, the elderly and children and has a service area of over 80,000 square miles. “Volunteers come in all shapes, sizes, and types. The AmeriCorps volunteers that came here on MLK Day of Service were in great shape and ready to work, had big brains and hearts to match, and were ready to get to work and make a difference,” said Bill Kolton, Event and Volunteer Coordinator at the Food Bank of Northern Nevada. “As an organization that records over 20,000 volunteer hours per year, we know that when AmeriCorps volunteers are here, the work gets done!”

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