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Northern Nevada’s Food Distribution Is Impacted by the Weather

By TheNevadaGlobeStaff, January 13, 2023 7:59 am

RENO, Nev. (775 Times, NV Globe) – The extreme winter weather we have been having is not just harming tourists but it’s also generating extra difficulties for individuals needing food.

Each month, the Food Bank of Northern Nevada (FBNN) helps more than 100,000 locals.

“We have been scrambling a little bit more,” said Jocelyn Lantrip, director of communications & marketing at FBNN.

The company has had to postpone virtually a few distribution days as a result of the area’s consecutive weather systems.

“We really try to not cancel programs; this is an unusual amount of weather for us.”

Lantrip claimed that both the valley and rural areas experienced this.

“It’s tough because s lot of our distributions are held outside, in parking lots and maybe the roads are clear enough but the parking lot isn’t clear enough,” she explained.

The FBNN notifies its social media following of cancellations and assists in connecting people who inquire with nearby options.

Meals on Wheels in Carson City was another program that was canceled because of the storm. They were ready, though.

The executive director said that drivers had contacted clients to check on them while delivering frozen dinners ahead of time.

Contrarily, Catholic Charities’ food pantries continued their regular schedule of services. Although the number of volunteers was affected by the state of the roads, executive director Marie Baxter claimed that their association with nearby companies kept them afloat.

“A lot of our suppliers are local manufacturers, we do pick-ups at various stores and those kinds of things,” said Baxter.

They accelerated the procedure with the aid of close pick-ups and prepared crates. More than operations, according to Baxter, clients suffered the most, particularly during power disruptions.

“If you’re living paycheck to paycheck or you’re relying on fresh fruit and vegetables from a food pantry and your refrigerator goes down for three or four days, that food rotted for a lot of people so we did see an uptick in people that kind of needed to replenish,” she said.

The groups are now getting ready for the weather this weekend. They claim that members of the neighborhood may assist by visiting their neighbor and offering to clean their parking lot or driveway. Additionally, you may contribute both money and time.

Credits: KOLO TV

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