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Silver Springs and Stagecoach communities pull together to end local hunger

By ThisIsReno

SILVER SPRINGS FOOD PANTRY NEWS RELEASE – Residents of Silver Springs and Stagecoach are fighting local hunger by joining the Feinstein Challenge. The campaign, which takes place March 1 through April 30 each year, inspires groups and individuals to come up with creative ways to collect food or raise cash for their local food pantries. For instance, in Silver Springs, S-Club is promoting a “Pennies for the Pantry” drive at both Silver Stage High and Silver Stage Elementary schools, and residents from the area are pitching in to support a raffle that has already raised more than $200.  Kathy McIntosh, coordinator for the local Challenge, explained, “The Feinstein Challenge is a win-win situation. If groups or individuals donate non-perishable food items or money to the Silver Stage Food Pantry in March and April, the Feinstein Foundation will add funds.”

Donations of non-perishable food, cash, and checks received from March 1 to April 30 will be counted for the Feinstein Challenge. People are invited to participate in the “Pennies for the Pantry” drive through the schools, or the raffle through the Pantry. Or people can drop donations at the Silver Stage Food Pantry, which is located near the schools on the corner of Spruce and Ramsey Weeks. The Pantry is open between 10:00 am to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, call the Pantry at 775-577-9161.

Freida Carbery, director of Healthy Communities Coalition’s “volunteer-powered” food pantry in Silver Springs, said, “The support of local schools, businesses, clubs, and individuals will make this challenge a huge success for our pantry and community. The community support is so important. In one week of January alone, from January 21 to January 25, the Silver Stage Food Pantry served  1,729 different people.”

For more information, contact Kathy McIntosh, coordinator for the area’s Feinstein Challenge, at 775-577-9161. For more information about the Silver Stage Food Pantry in general, call director Freida Carbery at 775-220-2749.

Alan Feinstein is a nationally known philanthropist and humanitarian whose past 14 challenges to fight hunger resulted in over $1 billion for thousands of agencies nationwide. For the 17th consecutive year, Alan Shawn Feinstein will divide $1 million among anti- hunger agencies nationwide using it as a spur to raise funds during March and April, 2013. For more information, see feinsteinfoundation.org