The Nevada Department of Agriculture announced a new agreement with Food Bank of Northern Nevada to provide emergency food assistance to the 95,000 food-insecure individuals in Churchill, Douglas, Elko, Eureka, Humboldt, Lander, Lyon, Mineral, Pershing, Storey, Washoe and White Pine counties.
“This partnership with Food Bank of Northern Nevada will allow us to use federal funding more efficiently, providing more frequent access to emergency food assistance to those who need it,” Patricia Hoppe, NDA Food and Nutrition division deputy administrator, said. “This distribution model is on par with what other states are doing and has proven successful.”
The Emergency Food Assistance Program is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture and provides low-income individuals and households with surplus commodities donated by the USDA. TEFAP is designed to supplement the nutritional needs of program-eligible individuals who may also be participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP); Women, Infants, and Children (WIC); or Food Distribution Programs on Indian Reservations (FDPIR).
“We are so proud to have been chosen by the state of Nevada to be the TEFAP distributor for all of northern Nevada,” Al Brislain, FBNN president and CEO, said. “This will enable us to provide more food to families facing hunger and to work with the Nevada Department of Agriculture to improve the charitable food network in our region.”
The NDA and FBNN are committed to a seamless transition, ensuring no gaps in service for the local distributing agencies and people they serve. FBNN will honor existing food distribution schedules through the end of 2017 and take on new contracts with local partners.
The Nevada Department of Agriculture promotes a business climate that is fair, economically viable and encourages environmental stewardship that serves to protect food, fiber and human health and safety through effective service and education. The NDA includes the five divisions of Administration, Animal Industry, Consumer Equitability, Food and Nutrition and Plant Industry.
Food Bank of Northern Nevada (FBNN) is a regional food distribution center and support system for more than 140 non-profit partner agencies across a 90,000 square mile service area. FBNN’s mission is to feed the hungry today and solve hunger for tomorrow through community partnership.
Source : https://carsonnow.org/story/09/18/2017/nda-teams-food-bank-northern-nevada-serve-hungry-nevadans