Healthy Communities Coalition of Lyon and Storey Counties has moved to a new property with more space. The new headquarters, located at 209 Dayton Valley Road, includes office space for core staff, a number of storage buildings, a pavilion for events, and room for the Coalition’s Dayton Food Pantry.
Last week volunteers of all ages worked together to help move the contents of the Dayton Food Pantry from Highway 50 and Enterprise Way to Dayton Valley Road. Dayton High School’s Varsity and Junior Varsity baseball teams and coaches moved freezers, refrigerators, and food boxes. Volunteers from the golf course neighborhood in Dayton loaned additional trucks needed for the move. Members of the Dayton Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints moved heavy pallets of canned food and office furniture. Local Dorothy Wingard even brought her much-appreciated homemade cupcakes for the volunteers.
Pantry Hours and Services: Dayton Food Pantry hours (10am to 4pm Monday-Thursday) will remain the same at the new location, and the monthly distribution of USDA Commodities will continue to take place at Sutro Elementary School on the 3rd Saturday of each month from noon to 3pm. Additionally, volunteers pack and deliver weekend backpacks each Friday for local students through a school “Backpack Program”, providing an average of 125 average students K-12 with weekend meals.
Enterprise Way Building Donated to Coalition: In more good news, the building on Enterprise Way where the pantry was previously located has been generously donated to Healthy Communities, and will be moved to the Dayton Valley Road property later this spring.
Residents of the Dayton area work with Healthy Communities Coalition in volunteer service to keep the food pantry going strong. Volunteers range from the very young to elders, and come from all walks of life, united by the belief that no one should go hungry. The pantry thrives because every part of the community- clubs, nonprofits, schools, County services, businesses, faith groups, USDA, Food Bank of Northern Nevada – work together to increase food security.
For more information about the Dayton Food Pantry, call manager Alie Trier at (775) 246-7834.
CLOSED ON APRIL 17: The Dayton Pantry will be closed on Monday, April 17th for spring holidays.
Healthy Food Hub: Healthy Communities also has a volunteer-powered food pantry in Silver Springs (Silver Stage Food Pantry) and is opening another in Yerington later this spring. The food pantries are part of a regional Healthy Food Hub that includes “spokes” such as community and school gardens, cooking classes, Community Roots garden center, farmers markets that accept WIC and EBT, school gardening clubs, teen garden and farmers market internships, gardening education for adults, etc.
Healthy Communities– composed of community volunteers, a small staff, a board of directors, and dozens of local, state, federal and tribal group partners – works with residents of Lyon and Storey Counties using a multi-sector collaborative impact model that helps people help themselves, and strengthen their communities. For more information, see healthycomm.org.