RENO — Food is the No. 1 request for help these days at The Salvation Army’s social services office. Washoe County’s jobless rate remains among the highest in the nation and an increasing number of families struggle to put food on the table.
The requests for Salvation Army food boxes is five times what it was a year or so ago, jumping from 25 to 30 per week to at least 25 per day. In addition, the bread line has increased considerably, the number often reaching 100 or more clients a day.
The Salvation Army depends on donations from the community, as well as receiving food purchasing ‘credit’ through shopper donations to Raley’s Food for Families program. Monetary donations are also helpful.
Items needed for food boxes include rice, beans, spaghetti noodles, tomato sauce, soup, oatmeal, tuna, canned vegetables and fruit, boxed stuffing, applesauce, and peanut butter and jelly. When available, clients may also receive bread, pastries and juice.
Food donations may be dropped off at the main office, 1931 Sutro Street (8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday) or at any of The Salvation Army Thrift Stores (10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday). Food donations may also be taken to the production warehouse at 2300 Valley Road in northeast Reno from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Those wishing to arrange a food drive can call 688-4555 ext. 226. Credit card donations are also accepted at 688-4555 ext. 200.