The Boys & Girls Club of Winnemucca will soon have a new hot/cold food delivery truck to utilize for its numerous food service programs throughout Humboldt County, exactly like the one pictured that belongs to the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows.
The Boys & Girls Club of Winnemucca will soon have a new hot/cold food delivery truck to utilize for its numerous food service programs throughout Humboldt County, exactly like the one pictured that belongs to the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows.
The Boys & Girls Club of Winnemucca has ordered a new food delivery truck utilizing CARES Act funding to support the needed expansion of food service programs in Humboldt County and outlying areas caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and school closures. 

The Coronavirus Relief Committee comprised of city and county representatives approved the purchase of the food delivery truck for the Boys & Girls Club of Winnemucca at an approximate cost of $75,000 with CARES Act money. 

The new truck will allow hot and cold food to be delivered to schools in Winnemucca and outlying areas in large quantities and will replace the current smaller truck borrowed from the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows that doesn’t always heat as needed. 

Boys & Girls Club of Winnemucca Director Chad Peters said the truck will be able to make bigger delivery loops with more food, including taking meals out to the rural areas of the county in the summer a couple of times per week. 

The club is serving more food through community meal programs than ever due to the pandemic. 

In June 2020, the club adopted the Grab-and-Go meal program (formerly served by the Humboldt County School District) and also created a Family Food Pantry Program in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and school closures which left many families with the loss of income and food scarcity.

The club has provided close to 175,000 meals to kids and families in Humboldt County in 2020 despite two months of pandemic closures. In comparison, the club served a total of 27,000 meals to members in 2019.

“Since many kids we serve at the Club rely on school meal programs in order to receive an adequate amount of food on a daily basis, it was important that we continued the program once the district went on summer break,” said Peters. 

The club served breakfast and lunch meals to youth up to age 18 in Winnemucca, McDermitt, Orovada, Kings River, Paradise Valley and Grass Valley at no cost to the families through federally funded programs in 2020. 

Last year the Family Food Pantry program model was expanded from the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows, providing families with pantry boxes with enough perishables and nonperishables to prepare 84 meals, with home delivery available to those without transportation or who are quarantined. 

The program is currently funded through the Nevada Department of Agriculture, which also allowed the Boys & Girls Club of Winnemucca to adopt the weekend backpack program from another local organization that was struggling with program sustainability last year. 

The backpack food program now facilitated by the Boys & Girls Club of Winnemucca has served 7,355 individuals and 36,775 meals since October 2020. 

The club has hosted multiple pantry giveaways, made and dropped off close to 15,000 meals to rural communities, prepared 600 holiday boxes for local and rural families, served close to 500 hot Thanksgiving meals and served over 9.5 tons of food just in the month of November.  

Peters said the most recent food pantry was the largest yet, with 165 boxes being distributed, 25 of which were delivered to McDermitt. 

In addition to the recent food delivery truck purchase, the club has received donations from several organizations for food service equipment, including a motorized pallet jack purchased by Manpower, two freezers and a freezer trailer through a Nevada Department of Agriculture grant, a new F250 truck donated by Nevada Gold Mines, a 24-foot car trailer from Carry On Trailers for food bank pickups, etc. 

“As with every organization, this last year was unlike anything the Boys & Girls Club of Winnemucca has dealt with since its inception 5 years ago,” said club Director Chad Peters in the 2020 annual food report. “This year, more than ever, we kept true to our mission of serving those who need us the most. With the support of our wonderful donors and community partners, we were able to maximize our efforts to ensure we utilized our limited resources to meet the most immediate needs of our community who were affected by the closures.”