The holiday season can be especially tough on families in need. In small communities such as Yerington, service clubs and organizations tend to band together in an effort to help these families. The local Rotary Club chapter recently donated $1,500 to Boys & Girls Clubs of Mason Valley’s Food Bank program, a $500 increase from last year. The Club is currently running a month-long food drive until November 11, the day before their November Food Bank.
“It’s so great to see service organizations helping each other to help others like this,” said Travis Crowder, chief professional officer for BGCMV. “Rotary really stepped it up this year and their due huge thank you.”
The Food Bank in Yerington sees about 100 families a month come through the line seeking assistance, but that number tends to go up during the months of November and December. The holiday season always sees a spike as families have additional expenses. During the height of the recession, that number reached almost 400 families a month.
“There’s a lot of low-income families here,” said Jen Martinez, Food Bank coordinator.
Food Bank is held on the second Wednesday of every month at Boys & Girls Club of Mason Valley’s Yerington site. Club officials are asking that people help contribute to the October Food Drive by donating non-perishable goods to the site.