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Dinner with the family benefits food closet

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Food Closet volunteer Mark King restocks a distribution table where Thanksgiving dinner boxes were filled in 2012.
Jim Grant file photo |

For many families, whether it be breakfast, lunch, or dinner, gathering around the table to share a meal is a chance to stay connected. Unfortunately, for many families, gathering around the table to share a meal rarely occurs. Not because of busy schedules, but because, very often, there isn’t any food for them to eat.

To help combat this reality, American Family Insurance, Mike Eddy and Mark Smith Agencies in Minden, are coordinating an effort they are calling Dinner with the Family in an effort to help the Carson Valley Community Food Closet fill its shelves.

According to Sarah Sanchez, director of the food closet, 451 households in Douglas County received food assistance during the month of August of this year. And a staggering 14.7 percent of Douglas County residents are considered to have a “food insecurity,” meaning 6,000 people in the community don’t know where their next meal will come from.



“The Food Closet welcomes all food donations including basics such as spices, flour, sugar and cooking oil, which are necessary for meal preparation,” Sanchez said.

She could also use donations of fresh produce, which can be either from the store or the home-grown variety. Sanches said she is striving to be able to offer healthier foods and those that may require family members to help with the preparation.



Volunteers are always needed, not only to help with the distribution, but to assist with healthy meal planning and recipes.

“Sometimes, recipients just don’t know where to start in assembling a family meal,” Sanchez said.

Food donations can be dropped off anytime during the month of October at the following American Family Office locations: Mike Eddy Agency, 1560 Highway 395, Ste. A, Minden or the Mark Smith Agency, 990 Ironwood Dr. Ste. 100, Minden.

Also, the food closet location at 1255 Waterloo Lane in Gardnerville always accepts food and/or cash donations.

For more information, call 783-9422 or 782-3711.