Give Food

Food is vital to our mission of ending hunger. Help us acquire food by giving to a local food drive or holding one yourself.


Donate To a Public Holiday Food Drive

We love that so many in our community are ready to rally around our neighbors in need during the holiday season.  For many, this means hosting a holiday food drive.  View the list of 2019 Public Holiday Food Drives for a list of businesses currently collecting donations on behalf of the Food Bank.

KTVN Share Your Christmas Drive-By Food Drive
Friday, December 13 | 6am-6pm

We are so excited for the 27th Annual KTVN Channel 2 Share Your Christmas Drive By Food Drive!  This year, the food drive will be held from 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Friday, December 13 at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, the Governor’s Mansion in Carson City and the Carson Valley Inn in Minden.  It is the easiest food drive of all to participate in because we won’t even ask you to get out of your car.  Drive up, pop the trunk or let us know where the food is and the helpful volunteers will unload it for you!  If you didn’t make it to the store, we take cash donations where every $1 helps us to provide three meals.

Donate to a Food Drive

Food donations from caring community members are an essential part of fighting hunger in our community.  We welcome food donations from individuals, commercial businesses, and farmers.

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.

Where to Donate

Many companies and organizations host food drives on behalf of the Food Bank and would be happy to collect your food items for donation.  Some of them even offer some great incentives and discounts as their way of saying “Thank You” to those who contribute to their drives.

Additionally, the Food Bank has many community partners that gather food for us all year long.  These are locations that you can drop your non-perishable, non-expired donations anytime.

  • Goodwill donation centers throughout Reno and Sparks
  • Gold Dust West
  • Rail City Garden Center
  • Sundance Books & Music
  • Safeway on Vista in Sparks
  • Pitts Orthodontics
  • Washoe County Senior Center
  • South Reno Methodist Church

Interested in hosting a food drive?

Food and Fund Drives are a great way to get your company, organization, or group involved in the fight against hunger throughout northern Nevada and northeast California. Learn more about hosting your own Food or Fund Drive today.


Plant a Row

Share your harvest with families and individuals struggling to put enough food on the table with produce from your own garden.  When planning your garden in the spring, consider dedicating a row, or even an entire bed, to your neighbors in need.  As you harvest your garden, you can also donate any excess produce that may otherwise go to waste.  Many of our partner agencies accept produce donations throughout the season.  

Donations from the Food Industry and Farmers

Are you a food retailer, manufacturer, or farmer who is interested in making a donation?  Please contact our Director of Food Procurement, Vinnie Oakes.