Dayton, Nevada – Residents of the Dayton area work with the nonprofit Healthy Communities Coalition of Lyon and Storey in volunteer service to keep the Dayton Food Pantry going strong. Manager Alie Trier notes that volunteers are always welcomed, and explains that “volunteers range from the very young to elders, and come from all walks of life. They’re united by the belief that no one should go hungry.”
Food Distribution: The Pantry provides more than 7,000 boxes of food yearly – the majority goes to children and elders. From the Pantry site at 209 Dayton Valley Road, emergency food boxes are accessible Monday-Thursday from 10am-4pm (emergency boxes are limited to one a week per household). The Pantry offers its primary food distribution on the third Saturday of each month from noon to 3pm at Sutro Elementary School in Dayton.
How Does the Pantry Work? Healthy Communities funds management and oversight of the Pantry, maintains required data reporting such as the number of boxes and pounds of food distributed, and provides training for the dedicated volunteers who give thousands of hours of service to the Pantry each year. Coalition staff help write and manage grants to support the Pantry as well. The Pantry collects donated food through Food Bank of Northern Nevada and benefits from reduced price rates from many area grocery stores. Through grants, USDA, fundraisers, food drives, and generous donations from farmers, diverse groups, businesses and individuals in the region, the Pantry is able to help people of all ages avoid hunger.
“Our community members – all ages- are so awesome!” said Dayton Food Pantry manager Alie Trier. “I really can’t thank everyone enough. I really want to do a shout out to this community. ”
The Pantry is one “spoke” in Healthy Communities’ Food Hub, a regional effort to increase access to affordable, local food. For additional information about the Pantry, call 246-7834.