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Building and Safety Division kicks off summer food drive

Post Date:07/05/2018 10:29 AM

Flyer for Food Drive June 26 through July 23, 2018. Most needed items include canned meals, protein, fruits and vegetables, and grains. Every can helps support the Food Bank's local program for kids.The community is invited to get involved in a summer food drive hosted by the building and safety divisions from Reno, Sparks, and Washoe County. The food collected will benefit the Northern Nevada Food Bank programs that support local children and students. 

Non-perishable food items can be dropped off through July 23 at the following locations:

  • Reno City Hall (2nd and 6th floors), One E. First St., Reno
  • Reno Building Inspectors Corpyard offices, 1745 East Commercial Row, Reno
  • City of Sparks Legislative Building, 745 Fourth St., Sparks
  • City of Sparks, 431 Prater Way, Sparks
  • Washoe County Administration Building, 1001 E. Ninth St., Reno

Drive organizers are asking for items that provide high nutritional value, including:

  •  Canned meals: stews, soups, spaghetti/ravioli (low-sodium preferred)
  •  Protein: peanut butter, tuna, salmon, chicken, dried or canned beans
  •  Grains: whole grain cereal, oatmeal, brown rice, whole grain pasta
  •  Fruits: canned (packed in 100% juice or light syrup), dried fruit, applesauce (no sugar added), 100% fruit juice boxes
  •  Vegetables: canned (no salt added and/or low-sodium preferred)
  •  Dairy: shelf stable milk
  •  Kid-friendly snacks: granola bars, popcorn, animal crackers, graham crackers
  •  Baby products: formula, infant cereal, baby food
Last year’s summer food drive raised 917 pounds of food or more than 750 meals. The goal this year is to raise at least 1,000 pounds. 

Questions about the drive can be directed to Kim Jolly with the Reno Building and Safety Division at

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