Minden food drive tops 111 tons | RecordCourier.com

Minden food drive tops 111 tons

by Amy Alonzo
aalonzo@recordcourier.com

A record amount of food was donated Friday during the 24th annual Share Your Christmas Drive-By Food Drive at the Carson Valley Inn in Minden.

Area residents gave more than 222,744.2 pounds of nonperishable food to benefit the Carson Valley Community Food Closet, surpassing last year's total of 176,683 pounds.

In addition, $66,671.22 was raised. Last year just more than $50,000 was collected.

"So far it's going wonderful," Kate Savage, associate director of the food closet, said midway through the drive, which spanned 12 hours.

The Carson Valley Community Food Closet, located at 1255 Waterloo Lane, serves about 500 families per month, Savage said. The food collected at the drive, which is the organization's major collection event, typically covers about six months, she said.

Judy Blanchard of Gardnerville donated what she described as "as big a bag as I can do."

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Blanchard said she donates to the food drive each year.

"I feel lucky I don't need their services," she said. "I've been close a couple times in my life. It's important to help."

Jan Kyle of Topaz dropped off more than two dozen boxes of food. She said she plans her shopping around purchasing food to for the event, and each year she tries to donate more than she did the year prior. This year she estimates she donated around 400 pounds of food.

"We plan around this," she said.

Douglas County Sheriff's Office Mounted Posse volunteer Christine Mills, one of more than 120 volunteers who turned out for the event, said she was overwhelmed by the generosity she saw during the drive. Mills was helping direct traffic and accepting donations, and early in the morning she'd collected two checks totaling $1,500.

"It gave me goose bumps," she said. "I'm amazed at the generosity of this community."

Santa Claus also attend the event, exchanging his usual reindeer and sleigh for a helicopter drop-off by Care Flight.

"Out of all the events we do, delivering Santa Claus is my favorite," flight paramedic Vanessa Coyle said. "Everybody's always excited to see Santa Claus."

Share Your Christmas Drive-By Food Drive collections were also held Friday at Grand Sierra Resort in Reno and the Governor's Mansion in Carson City.

The event was sponsored by KTVN Channel 2.