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by Tribune Staff
May 13, 2012 | 368 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
RENO — The staff at Washoe County Child Protective Services (CPS) announced Thursday that they have found a way to increase the amount of food on their shelves and save money through the help of a partnership with the Kids to Seniors Korner Program and the Food Bank of Northern Nevada (FBNN). Historically, CPS, which is a division of Washoe County Social Services, has had a food pantry filled with non-perishable items to provide emergency food assistance to families that came into contact with the agency.

Director of Social Services Kevin Schiller says at times the cupboards were sparse.

In order to keep the pantry stocked it cost CPS about $3,500 a year and utilized a great deal of staff time, not only take inventory but also to shop for all of the groceries that were kept on the shelves. In September of last year, a collaborative effort was formed between the Kids to Seniors Korner program, Washoe County Department of Social Services and the Food Bank of Northern Nevada. The Kids to Seniors Korner program agreed to sponsor the Washoe County Department of Social Services so that they could utilize the amazing services being provided by the Food Bank. The sponsorship was made available through the non-profit status of the Kids to Seniors Korner program, which qualified as a 501(c)(3) in order to access FBNN. Now, the food bank sends weekly shopping lists to the CPS agency, allowing staff to order specific items to stock the pantry.

Schiller says the reaction to the transformation of the CPS food pantry has been overwhelming.

“Our pantry is now stocked from top to bottom with nutritious and delicious items that offer much more variety to our families than we ever could have imagined. Also, when we pick up our orders once a week, we are offered an abundant amount of perishable items at no additional cost to CPS,” he said.

In addition to the increase in food quality, the financial savings to CPS is nearly $3,000 per year due to the program.
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