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Get Involved

If you’re hungry to help, we ‘d love to have you on our team.

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Help feed thousands with just a couple hours of your time

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.  Volunteering is a truly rewarding experience, and we look forward to showing you just how much fun it can be, too.  Together, we can solve hunger!

Whether you are a self-motivated individual volunteer, represent a community or employee group, or are looking for school or work-related, or court-ordered community service opportunities, there’s something for you to do to help at the Food Bank of Northern Nevada.

Distribution Center

It all starts here. Keeping the shelves of our warehouse stocked with food ready to be distributed to neighbors in need is a vital part of the work that we rely on our volunteers to help us with. 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. The Food Bank happily welcomes individuals and groups of all sizes to our warehouse.

Regular Volunteer Hours for Warehouse Shifts:

Tuesday – Thursday: 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. | 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Friday: 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. | Noon – 2:00 p.m.

Sunday & Monday: Closed for volunteers

Please note: for the safety of our volunteers, Closed-toe shoes are mandatory when volunteering in the warehouse OR AT DISTRIBUTIONS.

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.

FEeding our Community Survey

The Food Bank is doing a year-long survey to find out more about the families we serve and to find out how we can better serve our community.  We are looking for Regional Site Coordinators (mostly remote position) and bilingual site volunteers to hand out invitations to take the survey.  Please email Vickie directly if you are interested in this opportunity at vfisher@fbnn.org.

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!

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.

nEED TO CANCEL A SESSION?

We understand that you may sign up to volunteer with the Food Bank and later need to change your plans.  During this time, it is critical that we have an accurate count of the number of volunteers to expect at any of our sessions.  If you need to cancel for any reason, please take the time to let us know either by canceling your registration in CERVIS or contacting our volunteer coordinator Vickie Fisher at vfisher@fbnn.org or 775-785-1431.

Court-Mandated Community Service Policy

Please note: You must contact us prior to scheduling any hours that are to be applied toward court-mandated community service.  Any sessions completed without first receiving approval may not count towards mandated hours.

Charges related to an act of violence of any kind are prohibited.
Every shift must be scheduled in advance.
We require a minimum of 48 hours’ notice. – No walk-ins.
Must provide additional documentation, including specific offense and case number.
Upon completion of hours, we require 72 hours’ notice to prepare verification or completion letter.

COVID-19 VOLUNTEER UPDATE

If you are feeling well and wish to join us in serving our community, we would love to have you volunteer with the Food Bank.  Please help us in taking the following precautions during your time volunteering:

  • Volunteers aged 10+ only
  • Updated Face Masks/Coverings Policy (As of Friday, July 30, 2021) Per the State’s directive, masks/face coverings are required indoors for all volunteers who are volunteering in the warehouse, whether vaccinated or not.

    Masks/face coverings  are not required for fully vaccinated volunteers who are volunteering outside.

    Any UNVACCINATED individual including anyone under 12 is required to wear a mask at all times.

    We fully support those VACCINATED individuals who personally choose to continue wearing masks for their own safety. We ask that respect and kindness be granted to those who choose to wear a mask and those who may not be vaccinated.

  • Volunteers will be working in small groups of 10-12 people with tasks set up to allow for social distancing.
    • Please help us in observing social distancing by keeping 6+ft distance from others while working.
  • Because it is so important to maintain our small group count, please only attend volunteer sessions that you have a confirmed registration for.
  • Wash your hands frequently, including before beginning tasks and at the end of your volunteer session.
  • Volunteers are required to wear gloves during all tasks.
  • If you are not feeling well, we kindly ask that you not attend volunteer activities.

Ready to get started?

Great! Please create your volunteer account by submitting the New Volunteer Application.  You’ll then be able to view all of our current volunteer opportunities and schedule yourself for sessions.  To get started as a new volunteer group, you should also complete the Volunteer Group Request Form. To inquire about current special event or administrative support opportunities, contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Vickie Fisher.

PLEASE NOTE:
Prior to volunteering, all individuals and groups must make a reservation so we can plan an appropriate task for the number of volunteers.

Have an even Greater Impact

Did you know many employers will make a monetary donation on behalf of an employee as a match for their volunteer hours?  Check to see if your company provides a volunteer match to double the impact your time spent volunteering with the Food Bank will have on our neighbors in need.

Matching Gift and Volunteer Grant information provided by
Powered by Double the Donation

Youth Policy

Children over the age of 10 are welcome to volunteer with an adult. Must be 16 and over to participate without an adult.


Need more information?

Contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Vickie Fisher via email or call (775) 785-1431.

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COVID-19 Food Drive update: 

Thank you so much for your interest in hosting a food drive on our behalf during this time.  To be the most efficient and maximize your donation, we are still encouraging people to host a virtual food drive to raise funds for us to secure the food we need.  If you do wish to do a traditional food drive, please note that due to limited resources, we are scheduling barrel pick ups for full barrels only.  To help you reach the full barrel goal, you can extend your food drive or drop your donations at any one of these year round locations.  If you are interested in starting your own Virtual or traditional Food Drive, please complete the Food Drive Form, and make your selections on the form.


Each month, the Food Bank of Northern Nevada helps to feed more than 106,000 neighbors in need in our community, and food and monetary gifts donated by caring community members are a vital part of making that happen.

Food & Fund Drives have played an important role in collecting donations for food banks like Food Bank of Northern Nevada for decades. However, traditional food drives are changing as food pantries and other Food Bank partners continue to seek out fresh, more nutritious food for our neighbors facing hunger.

That’s where the Food Bank’s Virtual Food Drive comes in.

When you host a Virtual Food Drive for Food Bank of Northern Nevada, you are transforming $1 into 3 meals for hungry children, seniors, and families in our community. Better yet, your Virtual Drive will help put fresh foods including produce, dairy and meat, on the tables of those who need it most. The impact is incredible!

Every dollar and every pound of food count, so whether you choose to host a Virtual Food & Fund Drive or want to go the more traditional route, your drive will help us feed those in need right here in our community.

two food drive options, one great impact

Register Your Food & Fund drive

Whether you decide to host a Virtual or Traditional Food & Fund Drive, the first step is the same.
Complete the Food Drive Form to get started, and we’ll be in touch shortly.


Quick Facts & Frequently Asked Questions

$1 or 3.6 lbs

equals 3 meals for our neighbors in need.

Most food drives are between

3-6 weeks long

The average food drive collects

150-500lbs

The most successful food drives include

incentives.


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

Vegetables

Canned (No Salt Added and/or Low-Sodium Preferred)

Fruits

Canned (in 100% Juice or Light Syrup), Dried Fruit, Applesauce (No Sugar Added), 100% Fruit Juice Boxes

Dairy

Shelf Stable Milk

Baby & Kid Friendly

Formula, Infant Cereal, Baby Food, Granola Bars, Popcorn, Crackers

Getting Started with Your Traditional Food Drive

How can I start a Food Drive?
Please register your food drive with our form to get the barrel(s) delivered to you. Once you click submit, the form goes right to the inbox of our Event & Food Drive Coordinator, Jessica. She will get back to you within 1-5 days from when you submit the form.
How long should I host my food drive for?
You can host a food drive for as long or short of a time as you would like. That said, most food drives are scheduled to last for 3-6 weeks.
When do you need food the most?
February-August are great months to host a food drive. The holidays are a popular time for hosting drives, with more than half of all food drive donations received in November and December. As we move into spring and summer, donations tend to slow while we continue to serve more than 92,000 people each month.
When does your holiday food drive start?
The Food Bank needs food all year round, so there is no start or end date for food drives, even during the holidays.
What if I'd like to have a permanent, year-round food drive?
That’s wonderful! Please submit the Food Drive Form and indicate in the notes that you would like to keep the barrel all year.
What are the most-needed foods?
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. Please post this list to help your food donors 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 encourage your donors to check expiration dates before donating food items.

What items can you accept? Are there any foods that I shouldn't donate?
For food drives, please donate only non-perishable foods. Please encourage your donors to check expiration dates before donating food items and to avoid items in glass containers. There are ways to donate perishable food like fruits and vegetables, too. Please let us know if you’re interested in information about perishable food donations.
How do I donate money with our food drive?
Donations can be made online or by mailing a check to:
Food Bank of Northern Nevada
Attn: Jessica Vela
550 Italy Drive | Sparks, NV 89437

If you have a cash donation that needs to be collected, please contact Jessica Vela, and she’ll be happy to arrange to pick the donation up from your location.

Food Drive Collection Barrels

What days do you deliver barrels?
We deliver on Tuesdays and Thursdays most of the year. We deliver Monday – Friday starting mid-October through mid-January. We get a high number of Food Drive requests during the holiday season, and our trucks do fill up so be sure to get your form in early!
What time will my barrel arrive?
Our drivers make their own routes each morning, so we cannot guarantee a time. If you need notice before the driver drops off the barrel we can make a note for the driver to call you 30 minutes or an hour ahead of time. Please specify in the notes section when you register your food drive.
Can I pick up my barrel and/or drop off my food at the Food Bank? What are the days/times?
Absolutely. Please contact the Food Bank main line at (775) 331-3663 to let us know you are coming. We can receive food donations between 8am and 4pm at the back of our warehouse. We are located off USA Parkway at 550 Italy Drive in McCarran, NV. If you are interested in touring our facility and learning more about how your donation will be put to use, we would love to show you around when you drop off the food.
Can I pick up my food drive barrel in town?
Typically, barrels are not able to be picked up in town.

The exception to this is our annual Drive-By Holiday Food Drive Kick-Off event. This event is held in early November in the Southeast parking lot of Grand Sierra Resort. This is a quick, easy way to get barrels for your holiday food drive. Pre-register your drive to make things even easier. This year’s Holiday Food Drive Kick-Off will be held on Tuesday, November 5, 2019.

How big are the barrels?
Food drive collection barrels are approximately 3 feet tall and have a diameter of 22 inches. Each barrel holds 150-200 pounds of food.
My barrel is full. Can I get it emptied??
Please contact our Events & Food Drives Coordinator, Jessica Vela to let her know you need your barrel picked up or swapped out for an empty one. Please call when the barrel is 75% full so we have enough time to pick it up before it starts overflowing!

Please note, we swap out barrel(s) on Tuesdays and Thursdays most of the year. From mid-October to mid-January we swap barrels from Monday-Friday.

the ins and outs of food drives

Where can I drop off food in Reno/Sparks if I’m not hosting my own Food Drive?
All Goodwill locations (both stores and donation Xpress) in Reno and Sparks accept food on our behalf and we collect from them regularly. Please see our list of year-round food drives for other locations where you can drop off food. You’re also always more than welcome to drop your donations off right at the Food Bank during our regular office hours.
Do you have any advertising materials?
Feel free to download our logo for use in promoting your food drive. (Vertical Format | Horizontal Format) Please note: If you need more hi-resolution files of the logo, we’re happy to provide that to you. Contact Jessica Vela to request this.
Can I share my food drive on social media?
Please do! We find that the most successful food drives are ones where the host actively advertises the drive, and social media is a great way to spread the word. If you do share on social media, we’d love to see what you’re doing. Please consider tagging us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. And don’t forget to use our hashtag #iFightHunger.
How will I know how much food my drive collected?
Our Events & Food Drives Coordinator will send your total pounds and dollars raised to you via email once your food drive is over. Food drive pounds are usually processed within 1-2 days of the end of your drive (can be longer during the holiday season).
Can I get a receipt for my food or money donation?
Absolutely. You can download a receipt for your records here.

Questions?
Contact Jessica Vela (331-3663 x156), Events & Food Drives Coordinator.

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CANSTRUCTION RENO DESIGN & BUILD COMPETITION

WEDNESDAY, MAY 19 – SUNDAY, MAY 23

Meadowood Mall
5000 Meadowood Mall Circle | RENO, NV

Join us for the 18th Annual CANstruction Reno Design & Build Competition!

The competition kicks off Wednesday, May 19 when teams from across the Reno/Sparks area will gather at Meadowood Mall to construct their canned food masterpieces during a 12-hour building time.  Teams are hard at work finalizing their design plans, and soon it will be your turn to get involved. Cast your vote for the People’s Choice Award online from May 19-24.

 


 


Questions?
Contact Jessica Vela (331-3663 x156), Events & Food Drives Coordinator.

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Volunteer_CROPPeople want to get involved in ways that they can make a true difference in the lives of those who are served. Whether it is team building or projects that have great impact on the lives of families, we have it all.

Corporate Giving

Every $1 donated to the Food Bank of Northern Nevada provides three meals! Highlight your company’s gift with a check presentation hosted at the Food Bank.

Match Campaign

Double your donation (and make a huge impact) by providing a match challenge.
Challenge amounts: $1000 (Facebook challenge) to the sky is the limit.

Event Sponsorship

Sponsorships provide companies with an opportunity to gain visibility in the community, reward employees, strengthen relationships with clients and make an impact in northern Nevada.  For details on the many sponsorship opportunities available, contact our Corporate Development Officer,  Joan Griswold, at (775) 785-5920.

Employee Giving Campaigns

Raise awareness and funds for the Food Bank by hosting an employee giving campaign at your place of business. You get the Employee Giving Campaign Tool Kit, which includes fun and creative ideas to involve your employees and makes the campaign easy. You may be able to double, or even triple, your impact in the fight against hunger by having your gift matched by your company. To find out if your company will match gifts to the Food Bank of Northern Nevada, please enter your employer’s name below.

Matching Gift and Volunteer Grant information provided by
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If you do not find your employer through this search, ask your company’s Human Resources Department if it offers a matching gift program that will match your gift or volunteer hours.

If your employer requires an Employer Identification Number (EIN) (i.e. Federal Tax Identification Number), please use 94-2924979.

You may mail or email your completed matching gift form to:

Food Bank of Northern Nevada
Attn: Matching Gifts
550 Italy Drive
Sparks, NV 89437
donations@fbnn.org

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Joan Griswold, Corporate Development Officer.

Employee Payroll Deduction

The Food Bank of Northern Nevada has a robust workplace giving program that is easy to set-up. Employees donating automatically through their paychecks is an easy way to make a significant impact on the lives of people who need help.

Volunteer Experiences

Designate a day every month, quarter or year for an employee volunteer experience. Great for team building! Warehouse volunteer shifts are available Tuesday- Saturday, daytime or evening, or you can volunteer at one of the program sites including Mobile Pantry or the Summer Foods Program for Children.

Host a Food Drive

Host a food drive and add some sizzle with competitions between departments or groups (e.g. men vs. women) to encourage participation and earn bragging rights! Host a one-item food drive and make a bigger impact by collecting one of the Food Bank’s most needed items.

We’d love to chat with you about partnering with your organization. Contact Joan Griswold, Corporate Development Officer, at (775) 785-1407.

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Raise Awareness

Advocate for Hunger

The Food Bank of Northern Nevada provides a voice for the 1 in 7 Nevadans who face hunger every day. That voice is heard in city halls, county government, Carson City, and Washington, D.C. Advocacy is a vital part of the Food Bank’s commitment to alleviating hunger in our community.

What can you do to make your voice heard?

The Food Bank of Northern Nevada works with statewide and national anti-hunger organizations to support legislation addressing widespread food insecurity. Here are some ideas for advocating for hunger relief.

  • Call your representatives, (local, state and federal) and let them know that you care about hunger in your community and that you support the federal nutrition programs that are so important to families in need.
  • Write a letter to the editor about hunger in your community and why you care.
  • Tell your friends, family and co-workers why you are involved in this fight.

To learn more about the Food Bank of Northern Nevada’s involvement in state and federal policy, contact our Public Policy Advocate, Shane Piccinini, or call (775) 785-1418.

Political Endorsement Disclaimer:

While the Food Bank of Northern Nevada may issue position papers on information related to political and policy issues, the Food Bank of Northern Nevada does not endorse any political parties or candidates for public office.  Any political statements or endorsements made by individuals or organizations adding the Food Bank of Northern Nevada’s information to their website does not represent a political endorsement, the position, or policy of the Food Bank of Northern Nevada. Any candidate for public office claiming an endorsement from the Food Bank of Northern Nevada, its departments or offices is doing so without permission.

Invite Us to Present

We would love to come and present to your club, group or class about hunger in our area. We can gear our presentation to what you would like to know about the subject and what you can do to help. We also love it when we get company at the Food Bank so we can give tours. We are proud of our work and like to give our supporters the behind the scenes tour. Please contact Jocelyn Lantrip, Director of Marketing & Communications, to find out more.

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Learn about Hunger 2People all around us are struggling with hunger in silence. Many people feel isolated and alone, when actually, many of their neighbors are going through the same issues that they are. With 1 in every 9 Nevadans facing hunger every day, people you see every day are fighting this fight.

Did you know?

  • That one in five of Nevada’s children don’t know where their next meal is coming from.
  • The Food Bank helps an average of 106,000 people each month.
  • More than 30% of the food we distribute is actually fresh produce.
  • About 12,000 people are helped every month through our Mobile Harvest program.

Read more from our 2014 Hunger in America Study findings.

For more information, read the Nevada Poverty Report 2015.
 
MervatYour support helps people like Mervat. Mervat is a senior and with her husband, they survive on an income of $15,000 per year. With their monthly expenses, it just isn’t enough to make ends meet. Her husband was an engineer and his company closed down. After they moved here to start over, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and is now not able to work. Mervat is so very thankful for the food that she receives at the pantry.

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Become a partnerDo you want to join us as a partner and help with hunger relief efforts in northern Nevada and eastern California? Are you a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with the capacity and resources to store and distribute food, meals or other hunger-related services? If so, you may be just the partner we need, especially in areas of our service area that lack emergency food and services.

Our partner agencies distribute directly to those in need and are a vital part of the emergency food chain. The Food Bank of Northern Nevada provides partner agencies access to low- and no-cost food to distribute to clients. We also provide technical assistance and training while we ensure your program meets food safety standards and provides fair and equitable service to clients. Read below to learn about our requirements for partners and some tips for starting a food program.

It is also important to consider partnerships with agencies that already distribute food in your community. It might be more economical for you to provide volunteer or financial support to help them expand their hours or the number of people they serve. To see the current agencies we partner with please click HERE.

If you do want to proceed, any organization that wishes to partner with the Food Bank of Northern Nevada must meet the following requirements prior to beginning the application process:

    • Be recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, charitable organization, or be affiliated with a 501(c)(3) umbrella organization. Limited exceptions may be made if your church meets the spirit of the criteria used by the IRS to define a church
    • Offer services directly to the ill, needy, or children (under 18 years) free of charge and with no requirement to attend any kind of service
    • Provide an emergency food program, in the form of a food pantry, soup kitchen or shelter.
    • Have a facility able to safely handle and distribute food.
    • Have a record-keeping system that fulfills the Food Bank’s reporting requirements
    • Obtain a food-handlers certification or license
    • We recommended that new agencies operate a food program for at least six months prior to applying

Running a food program is a big responsibility. It requires a major commitment of time, funds and energy.

Once you meet all of the above requirements, becoming a Partner Agency can be very easy. The Food Bank of Northern Nevada accepts applications at any time, however during October-January the application process can take longer than the average 4-6 week time frame.

To get started:

  1. Email Jenny Yeager and include organization name, contact information, mailing and physical address, and hours of operation. (Your service area will be reviewed for unmet needs. If area is underserved, an application packet will be mailed.)
  2. Mail completed request for partnership to:
    Food Bank of Northern Nevada – Attn: Agency Relations (a completed packet must be approved prior to the first site visit)
  3. First site visit will include onsite training
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Are you interested in being part of the  Executive Board of Directors for the Food Bank of Northern Nevada?  The Food Bank of Northern Nevada Board of Directors works together to support the efforts of the leading hunger relief organization in northern Nevada.  They are a passionate group of volunteer members who care about our community and the very serious issue of food insecurity.

If you are interested in being part of the Food Bank Board of Directors, please take a look at the Board of Director Roles and Responsibilities.  If the opportunity sounds interesting to you, please feel free to submit a Board Interest form.   Your application will be reviewed by the Governance/Board Committee and if selected, you will be contacted for an interview.

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