Food Closet receives $5,000 donation for fire victims

Volunteers help unload donations at last year's Share Your Holiday Food Drive at the Carson Valley Inn in Minden. The 2021 food drive is scheduled for December 10.

Volunteers help unload donations at last year's Share Your Holiday Food Drive at the Carson Valley Inn in Minden. The 2021 food drive is scheduled for December 10.
Photo by Kurt Hildebrand.

The Carson Valley Community Food Closet was one of three nonprofits who received a $5,000 donation from NV Energy Foundation to support Caldor Fire evacuees.

The food closet, located in Gardnerville, is the primary agency providing food to fire evacuees at the Douglas County Community & Senior Center, which is a shelter.

According to the foundation, funds will be used to restock the kitchen and other food to support residents affected by the fire.

“Our hearts are with the thousands of people impacted by the Caldor Fire, and we are grateful for the ongoing work of first responders, nonprofits and agencies offering help and support,” said NV Energy Community Relations Manager Katie Nannini. “We hope that through NV Energy Foundation’s contributions, the three nonprofit organizations we have granted funds to can continue their efforts to immediately provide for those displaced from their homes due to the Caldor Fire.”

Also receiving donations are St. Vincent’s Food Pantry through Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada and the Red Cross of Northern Nevada.

“Red Cross volunteers are working tirelessly to provide support to the Caldor Fire evacuees, and NV Energy is supporting us in those efforts,” said American Red Cross of Northern Nevada Executive Director Mary Powell. “NV Energy donated $25,000 at the beginning of the year for disaster preparedness, and with the recent donation of $5,000, their continued contributions allow us to respond quickly and provide immediate help.”

Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada CEO Marie Baxtor said the money will help the evacuees from South Lake Tahoe.

“Many of our neighbors from South Lake Tahoe left their homes with literally the clothing on their backs,” she said. “With the support of our community partners, we are able to provide a sense of dignity and comfort during their time of need.”

 

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