Hunger

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.” 

Fresh vegetables in baskets sit on a table.
Anh Gray

About half of the people living in Washoe County are rent burdened. That means they’re spending roughly a third of their income on housing. Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray sits down with a public health expert to learn how Northern Nevada’s housing crunch is affecting people in the community.

A senior stands at a table with food in front of him.
Anh Gray

Older Americans are much more likely to experience the burden of high housing costs. Washoe County Senior Services provides a variety of programs, serving more than 20,000 people in the region. The lunch program is one of the most popular with many, including Bud Matlock. He lives in public housing and shares his story with KUNR.

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.”

Hunger A Consistent Problem For One In Six Nevadans

Apr 10, 2015
Federal Emergency Management Agency

One in six people – or 17 percent of Nevadans – live with hunger on an ongoing basis. 

That's according to a new report from the Food Research and Action Center. Jocelyn Lantrip is with the Food Bank of Northern Nevada. She says many of her clients are families where one or both parents work multiple low-wage, part-time jobs, and still struggle.

"They're still having to choose between their rent and food, or medical care and food, and those are tough choices."