Yerington Food Pantry Opens May 2017

Yerington, Nevada – Healthy Communities Coalition is over the moon to announce that our Yerington Food Pantry will offically open Wednesday May 10th, 2017! The Pantry will be open from 10:00a.m.-5:00 p.m. each Wednesday, and is located at 124 West Bridge Street.

The Yerington Food Pantry will abide by the same guidelines as Healthy Communities other “volunteer-powered” food pantries in Silver Springs and Dayton.

Clients are asked to bring their photo I.D., proof of residency and income for their initial visit.

Initially, the Pantry will be open once a week with the goal of being open more as soon as possible. We are also looking forward to collaborating with groups who currently offer emergency food to those in need.

In addition, a weekly backpack food program is being developed.

Shannon Juntunen, who serves the Yerington region as Healthy Communities’  school-based Resource Coordinator, Community Health Worker and Safe Schools Professional,  and Brittany McDonald, an AmeriCorps’ member serving the Yerington area, have been working with community volunteers, businesses and nonprofits to make the Pantry a reality.  They write that they’re “looking forward to serving our community! Please keep in mind we are also on the hunt for volunteers.”

AmeriCorps members,  volunteers of all ages, and Healthy Communities’ staff, plus businesses, nonprofits, federal, local and state agencies, are all working together to make the new Pantry thrive.

ameriCorps at yerington pantry

The Yerington Food Pantry is HCC’s newest initiative to increase food security in the region. We welcome donations, partners and volunteers on this journey to establish and maintain another friendly food pantry.

The Pantry will function with donations from the community, fundraising, and funding from private foundations, and local, state, and federal agencies. As with other Healthy Communities’ food pantries, there will also be essential USDA and the Food Bank of Northern Nevada partnerships to make the Pantry successful.

Volunteering and Donating: Thank you for considering donating in support of this community project. There are several ways to add support, such as a one-time donation; a monthly donation; a commitment to volunteer work; or a donation of building materials or supplies. Tax deductible donations can be sent to Healthy Communities Coalition at PO Box 517 Dayton NV 89403.

Contact: For more information about the Pantry, call Shannon Juntunen at 350-4537.

Left to right in photo: Alie Trier, HCC’s Dayton Food Pantry manager; Alisha Moss, AmeriCorps; Don Carbery, volunteer; Freida Carbery, HCC’s former Volunteer Coordinator; Brittany McDonald, AmeriCorps; Preston Shahan, AmeriCorps; and Justin Reid, AmeriCorps.

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