Food Resources During The COVID-19 Crisis

Food Resources During COVID-19 Crisis

For many, the COVID-19 pandemic has created a new and urgent need for food. Unemployment is on the rise, and children no longer have access to meals at school. To assist, we’ve put together this guide to help you find food resources should you, a loved one, or an isolated neighbor or senior, need them.

Several local food resources are available, keeping safe social-distancing top-of-mind. A variety of low or no contact options are listed below including seniors-only hours, drive-through pantries, expanded home delivery services, and more.

Food Bank of Northern Nevada

550 Italy Drive, Sparks (775) 331-3663

The Food Bank of Northern Nevada is here to help with a variety of programs. Each month the food bank serves more than 91,000 people, with almost half being children and seniors.

Click here to view food assistance programs in our area.

  • Food Bank of Northern Nevada’s Kids Café
    550 Italy Drive, Sparks (775) 331-3663
    Drive by and grab breakfast and lunch for your child. (Per child, per day, Mon. – Fri.). Children from one to 18 years old are eligible. All children must be present in the vehicle, or with their parent or guardian if they chose the walk-up method. View the Kid’s Café Schedule.

  • The Commodity Supplemental Food Program
    775-331-3663 extension 151
    The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) works to improve the health of low-income elderly persons at least 60 years of age by supplementing their diets with nutritious USDA Foods. Through this program, the Food Bank of Northern Nevada provides a monthly box of nutritious food to low-income seniors. Click here for more information and the distribution schedule

Nevada 211

Nevada 2-1-1, a program of the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, is committed to helping Nevadans connect with the services they need. For a complete list of food assistance programs in our area, including assistance with food stamps or SNAP benefits, visit the Nevada 2-1-1 Food Assistance Services page.

Nevada 2-1-1 also launched a new program called Nevada CAN to help Nevada’s seniors and caregivers with food, medicine, health assessments, groceries and social interaction. If you are or know of a senior in extra need of assistance, you can Apply for Assistance here.

Meals on Wheels

1155 E. 9th Street, Reno (775) 328-2575

Home Delivered Meals, also known as Meals on Wheels, provides meals to homebound seniors age 60 and over, with an illness or a disability, whether temporary or permanent. Delivery includes one hot, and up to six frozen meals per week.  There is also the option to receive a second delivery of meals weekly (on a different day). More information here.

Know a senior in need?

If you’d like to refer a senior for the Home Delivered Meal Program, click here for the referral form.

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  1. Thank you for the great information! Just to let you all know Renown in partnership with Northern Nevada Food Bank has a Food Pantry at the Healthcare Center on 21 Locust St. At Renown's food pantry we give food to Renown patients/families in need through the clinic as well as during this time of physical distancing we are delivering food to homes of individuals identified as having the inability or barriers to get to a food pantry (quarantine or disability). Be Well Barb