The Fallon Food Hub has secured more grant funding in the effort to build food security in the Churchill County community. Awarded the Nevada Cares Community Food Project grant earlier this year through the Nevada Department of Agriculture, the Food Hub has just received a budget enhancement to that project of $12,500 through the Food and Nutrition Services at NDA.
“It’s the Community Food Project grant that we already have,” said Kelli Kelly, director of the Food Hub “they had extra money and they asked us to apply for it, I’m so excited.”
Additionally, the Food Hub has partnered with the Desert Food Initiative program at the University of Nevada on the Inventory and Distribution System grant through the plant division of NDA, which will cover the costs of two delivery vans for each organization, as well as a new refrigerated storage unit at Lattin Farms.
The community food boxes are assembled at Lattin Farms, where the local produce is gathered from are farms and stored. Boxes are then delivered throughout the Fallon-Reno-Carson-Gardnerville area. The vans will make delivery of the food boxes more efficient and cost effective, in a vehicles designed specifically for this purpose and dedicated solely to food distribution.
The local Farmers Care program is a partnership with Epworth Methodist Church-Food Ministries and has been providing boxes of locally grown produce each week to Churchill County families who have been affected by COVID-19 and the resulting economic shut-down.
The local food project, managed through the Fallon Food Hub connects local agricultural producers with Churchill County families who receive the seasonal food box each week through December. The food boxes are distributed through Epworth Methodist Church and the Fallon Youth Club. Eligibility for the program is based on demonstration of an economic impact of the pandemic or basic food insecurity within the household.
Boxes include between 8-12 different kinds of seasonal produce at a retail value of up to $40 per box. The Fallon Food Hub supports farmers throughout west central Nevada including: Lattin Farms, Pioneer Farm, Dayton Valley Aquaponics, Desert Farming Initiative, Two Ravens Ranch, Fisk Farms, PlantLove Homestead, and Cherry Dog Orchard.
For more information about the Fallon Farmers Care community food project or for inquiries about eligibility and registration, please email [email protected] or call 775-571-3415.
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