I need food and groceries, what programs do you have?
There are three programs available in addition to the Congregate Meal Program (Lunch):
USDA Commodities, the Monthly Food Pantry, and the Food Bank Truck (CSFP) -
The Commodities Program provides surplus USDA food for home use to eligible households. Applicants must be residents of Washoe County, at least 60 years of age, and meet specific income requirements (either receiving food stamps or income limit of $1,471.25 for 1 person and $1,991.25 for 2 people). Annual certification for eligibility is required (every July). Commodities are distributed during odd numbered months, please see our Newsletter or call 328-2575 for specific dates and times.
The Food Pantry Program provides a variety of grocery items to those who are income eligible. The food pantry is made available by the Assistance League of Reno/Sparks to a maximum of 300 households per month. To be eligible, individuals must be 60 or above, Washoe County resident, meet income requirements (gross income, NOT net - before Medicare and/or taxes) 1 person - $1,287 & 2 people - $1,736, and have cooking facilities. There is a maximum of 1 set of two bags distributed per household per month. Proof of income and residency are now required. You must be present to receive your bag. Distribution starts at 9:00 am on the third Tuesday at the Reno Senior Center, 9th & Sutro Streets. For the exact dates, please check our Newsletter.
The Food Bank Truck delivers food to eligible seniors in the Multipurpose Room of the Reno Senior Center on the third Thursday from 9:00-11:00 am and at the Sparks Senior Center on the second Tuesday from 11:45 am-12:30 pm. Sign up at the truck; gross income limits - 1 person - $1,287 and 2 people - $1,736.