Courtesy of the Carson Valley Community Food Closet · 4 min read
GARDNERVILLE, Nev. — “You’re a blessing.” “I don’t know what I would do without the Food Closet.” “It is great just knowing that people care.”
Clients of the Carson Valley Community Food Closet share these and similar testimonials daily. Now an army of volunteers, community partners and donors are coming together ensure the Food Closet will continue its caring work for generations to come.
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 to erect a new building designed to consolidate storage and distribution. The project is underway. Now the time has come to raise construction funds, a task the Food Closet is undertaking with a first phase goal of $400,000 to lay the foundation and parking lot for the new facility. The total project costs are estimated at $1.4 million.
“This is an investment in our community,” says 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.”
Community contributions have already started coming in, including lead gifts from Cristek Interconnects, Inc., Park Ranch, Pacific Radomes, Timken-Sturgis Foundation, Heritage Bank, and Crestmore Village Apartments.
“It’s an honor to support this great cause,” says John Burke, CEO of Pacific Radomes, Inc. “The Food Closet works hard to meet a growing demand in our community. This new facility will allow the Food Closet to help even more families. They need our assistance and our company is happy to step in and lend a helping hand.”
The Food Closet helps over 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 Food Closet Managing Director Sarah Sanchez.
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. This greatly complicates the food-distribution process for Food Closet volunteers and clients. It also limits the variety of food that can be kept on-site ready to distribute.
“We decided to partner with the Food Closet more than twelve years ago to ensure they had adequate storage to fulfill their mission. We always knew it would be a stop-gap for them. Now, we’re proud to support their efforts to build a new facility that will meet their needs going forward and the needs of their clients,” said David Park, of Park Ranch, LLC.
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. “The immediate benefits of this new building will be obvious. In short, it will better equip us to accomplish our mission: to help more Douglas County residents move themselves out of food insecurity, making them stronger citizens in the process. Less obvious but perhaps more important, it will demonstrate our community coming together to help those most in need. Neighbors helping neighbors,” says Sanchez.
You can see more about the project and consider a contribution of your own at carsonvalleycommunityfoodcloset.org.
Carson Valley Community Food Closet is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization providing food to qualifying residents
in Douglas County. Basic commodities are provided on a monthly basis to participants to supplement their food
supply. We strive to provide participants with a variety of healthy food from each food group. The Food Closet is
supported by donation from local individuals, churches, community service groups and businesses. Many food
items are donated directly to the Food Closet, while others are purchased through our partnership with the Food
Bank of Northern Nevada. For more information on the Food Closet or to donate, visit