Volunteers celebrate day of service at food bank

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Updated: 1/20/2014 5:53 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- Across the country many people celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a day of service, and people in northern Nevada are giving their time at the Food Bank of Northern Nevada.

"Failure is not really an option for us," said food bank marketing director Jocelyn Lantrip. "We have to get this food out. It means people eating."

Lantrip said 92 thousand people each month get food through one of the food bank's partner agencies.

"We distribute about 13 million pounds of food, about half of that is produce," she said.

To get all of that sorted, they rely on the kindness of volunteers.

"Today we are celebrating the Martin Luther King Day of Service," Lantrip said. "We've done this it for a few years. It's always very popular."
More than three dozen people signed up to help out at the food bank on the day of service, but Lantrip said about five thousand people donate their time throughout the year.

"That's an amazing effort," she said. "If you took that away, we would have a real hard time getting everything we need done done."
Diane Gorden is one of those volunteers. She has been helping since July with her coworkers from Amazon. 

"Once a month we've got four associates that come out with us," Gorden said.

Gorden said she likes how organized the volunteer program is, but the best part is making a difference in someone's life.

"It's a good feeling inside," she said. "It just makes me feel like boy we can do so much when we work together."

For more ways you can get involved with the food bank, click here.
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