SPARKS — Union Pacific Railroad in Sparks and the Food Bank of Northern Nevada will help raise food for the many people in need in northern Nevada through 6 p.m. today at the Union Pacific Railroad facility at One South Pyramid Way.
Union Pacific is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year and decided to hold the event to commemorate its years of service and give back to the community, according to the company. The company is holding a “Railroading Huger Food Drive” with a goal of uniting the business community and to fill a box car with much-needed food donations. Each box car holds 40 tons, or 80,000 pounds of food.
To help the effort of uniting the business community, Union Pacific is teaming with The Chamber, Mountain America Credit Union and Scolari’s Food & Drug Company.
The three-day event started Wednesday and ends Friday at 6 p.m. The Northern Nevada Food Bank serves more than 90,000 people each month in the region.
Union Pacific Railroad is the principal operating company of the Union Pacific Corporation, linking 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country by rail and provides freight solutions and logistics expertise to the global supply chain.
The Food Bank of Northern Nevada is a regional food distribution and support system serving more than 130 partner agencies in Northern Nevada and the Eastern Sierra. The Food Bank of Northern Nevada provides and supports programs including food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, after-school programs and Kids Cafe (dinner program), Kids Cafe Summer Meals program, Food Stamp Outreach and much more. Among clients who visit emergency food program sites in the region, more than half are children and seniors, the most vulnerable to hunger. Last year the Food Bank of Northern Nevada provided over 6 million meals to low income seniors, children and families. The Food Bank of Northern Nevada is a member of Feeding America — The Nation’s Food Bank Network (formerly America’s Second Harvest).