Food Drive Brings In Over 1,000 Pounds for Dayton Pantry

Healthy Communities Coalition of Lyon and Storey Counties reports that a March food drive at the Dayton Grocery Outlet brought in 1,082 pounds of food for the Coalition’s Dayton Food Pantry clients.

Lisa Selmi, Healthy Communities’ fiscal manager, said, “We love our local partnerships across Lyon County! We’d like to give a huge shout out to the Dayton Lions Club for organizing a food drive at the Dayton Grocery Outlet on March 20, and we thank all the community members who donated. This food drive will provide full tummies to many of our residents in need. The Dayton Lions Club organized the food drive in partnership with the Grocery Outlet, and they also collected an entire box of unwanted eyeglasses from locals. Those eyeglasses are for the Lions Club’s international outreach to South America and beyond to provide recycled eyeglasses for those in need.”

Partnerships create powerful collaborative impacts such as increased food security.

For example, the Pantry receives support through grants, foundations, USDA, and the generous donations of businesses, community groups and individuals. The Pantry also acquires food through Food Bank of Northern Nevada and through reduced rates from many area businesses.

The Dayton Food Pantry is “volunteer-powered.” 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.

“Our hearts are full of gratitude to all the volunteers – they give so much of themselves,” said Healthy Communities’ executive director Wendy Madson. “They’re so generous with their time, skills and labor. They are key to our mission to increase access to healthy food.”

Please call (775) 246-7834 for more information about the Dayton Food Pantry, or see

Daniel Knight of the Grocery Outlet in Dayton and Healthy Communities’ AmeriCorps service member Jolien Turner are shown with some of the food and socks donated to the Dayton Food Pantry at a recent food and sock drive at the Grocery Outlet.

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