Food Insecurity

A woman unpacks a crate of cherry tomatoes for a distribution of fresh produce.
Food Bank of Northern Nevada

Several months into the pandemic, the Food Bank of Northern Nevada is seeing record numbers of people using their food assistance services. With many food pantries housed in schools, food availability over the summer is different than during the rest of the year.   

A little boy in an orange shirt walks up to a grab-and-go meal site at an elementary school in Salt Lake City, Utah. A school worker wearing a mask uses a bullhorn to let kitchen staff know the boy's there. Then a staffer sets a bag lunch and some extra strawberries on a table and backs away.

 


Una mujer dando comida destras de una ventana
Aramelle Wheeler / Banco de Alimentos del norte de Nevada

El Banco de Alimentos del norte de Nevada ha visto un aumento en la cantidad de personas que necesitan alimentos durante el cierre de negocios impuestos por el estado. Hay dificultades dentro de la organización para alimentar a todos que lo necesitan.

People are loading food into a car at a food distribution site.
Aramelle Wheeler / Food Bank of Northern Nevada

Rising food insecurity has been one outcome of the job losses associated with COVID-19 non-essential business closures. The Food Bank of Northern Nevada is seeing a significant increase in the number of people who need help. KUNR’s Stephanie Serrano sat down with Spokesperson Jocelyn Lantrip to understand some of the challenges the Food Bank is facing.

Thousands of Mountain West residents who were slated to be kicked off food stamps will retain access to benefits next month. That's after a federal judge blocked a Trump administration rule mandating work requirements for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, or SNAP.

Creative Contest Aims To Raise Hunger Awareness

Mar 8, 2019
White cans with blue ones in the center in the shape of a platapus.
Holly Hutchings

Whether it’s an octopus or the pyramids of Giza, 12 teams of builders are using canned good to bring hunger awareness to the community through the art of “can sculpting.” 

A row of canned food on a shelf.
Lucia Starbuck.

Due to rising rents and tuition costs, there is an increasing need for easier access to affordable food and other daily necessities for students at the University of Nevada, Reno. Student contributor Lucia Starbuck explores a resource on campus called Pack Provisions that provided food or clothing to more than 600 visitors during the fall semester.

 

Anh Gray

People who are considered rent burdened spend roughly a third or more of their income on housing. This leaves many families with less for other essentials like food or healthcare. Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray reports there’s a program that is helping low-income people battling illnesses get the nutrition they need.

High rent prices in Reno are placing many people in financially dire situations. With more of their income going to housing, families may have less to spend on essentials, like food. Our reporter Anh Gray visits a local food pantry to find out how the housing crunch is affecting people in the community.

Anh Gray

About one in seven Nevadans struggle with hunger. The Food Bank of Northern Nevada—or FBNN—distributes millions of pounds of food each year. The organization’s President and CEO Al Brislain says about 70 percent of the families they’re serving live in poverty.

“I mean we’re seeing some really good jobs coming into Reno, and that’s great, but people who don’t have a skill, if they’re on the working end of a shovel, they’re not making that much,” Brislain explains. “And so if they’ve got a couple of kids or a single mom that’s working part-time in a retail shop or something like that, the money that they have, often times the ends don’t meet.”