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Fundraising continues for CV Food Closet

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Sarah Sanchez, center, director of the Carson Valley Community Food Closet, attended a monthly meeting of the Carson City Telephone Pioneers Life Member Club to accept the check and tell the Club about the Food Closet. Patti Rose, president, presented the check to Sanchez as Elaine Hartman looked on. Carson Valley doesn’t have a Telephone Pioneer Club, so Carson City would welcome members from the area. Information, Patti on 882-5205.

To meet current and future needs, the Food Closet has purchased a one-acre plot next to its existing site at 1255 Waterloo Lane and plans with plans for a new building to consolidate storage and distribution.

The total project costs are estimated at $1.4 million. The first phase goal is $400,000 to lay the foundation and parking lot for the new facility.

"This is an investment in our community," said Don McRoberts, chairperson of the fundraising drive. "No family should worry about where their next meal is going to come from. This project goes a long way toward alleviating that issue."

The Food Closet helps more than 1,000 Douglas County residents with grocery assistance every month, an overwhelming demand for the small operations center of the Food Closet.

"Our current facility met our needs 20 years ago, as we moved from a literal 'closet' into this small half warehouse. Unfortunately, it is severely inadequate for our current needs and the future needs of the Food Closet" said Sarah Sanchez, Food Closet managing director.

The current facility is 2,100 square feet, far too small for the half-million pounds of food donated and distributed annually by the Food Closet. That means most food must be stored in about 4,000 square feet of temporarily donated warehouse space six miles away at Park Ranch, LLC.

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The new construction will be adjacent to the current facility the Food Closet utilizes at 1255 Waterloo Lane in Gardnerville. With 10,000 square feet of space, the new building will be five times larger than the existing Food Closet and eliminate the need for offsite storage.

For more on the project, visit carsonvalleycommunityfoodcloset.org.