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STATE EMPLOYEES HELP TO REDUCE HUNGER WITH NATIONAL FOOD DAY PARTICIPATION
More than 50 Drop-Off Locations throughout the State Give all Nevadans a Chance to Help Relieve Hunger with High-Protein Food Donations
Posted Date: 10/21/2011
For Immediate Release

Contact: Gale Thomssen, Nevada Dept. of Health & Human Services
(775) 684-5834
gthomssen@health.nv.gov

STATE EMPLOYEES HELP TO REDUCE HUNGER WITH NATIONAL FOOD DAY PARTICIPATION

More than 50 Drop-Off Locations throughout the State Give all Nevadans a Chance to Help Relieve Hunger with High-Protein Food Donations

(Carson City, NV; October 21, 2011) – In communities throughout the State of Nevada, state employees are collecting high protein canned foods in recognition of National Food Day, October 24th. Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller’s office is supporting the Nevada State Health Division’s sponsorship of the statewide effort to collect non-perishable food in approximately 50 collection points throughout the state. The convenience of the numerous collection points provides an opportunity for the general public to join with state employees in the effort.

A complete list of collection points throughout the state is available online at www.foodday.org, the website for the nationwide event. The food drive runs Monday, October 24th through Friday, October 28th.

“I’m proud to see fellow state employees take on a cause that will result in healthier Nevadans of every age,” said Miller. “Even in the toughest of economic times, there’s absolutely no reason that a single Nevadan should not be adequately fed. I encourage the public to join with state employees and bring a donation of canned, high-protein foods to one of the drop off locations.”

The Event is being called “It’s Chili Outside – Lets Make Nevada Hunger Free”, and is focusing on the collection of high protein, non-perishable foods that provide nutritional value. “This event emphasizes the needs that are facing school children, their families and the large unemployed population here in Nevada” says Tracey Green, MD, Nevada State Health Officer. “It is imperative that these families have high protein foods to sustain them through the coming winter”.

The collected food will be distributed locally through food banks operating within the
communities in which it was collected.

For more information on finding a drop off location, or for information on how to become a drop off location, call (775) 684-5834, or email gthomssen@health.nv.gov.

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