Sandy Valley Food Pantry

Update for October 20, 2020:


The pantry has been doing well and our numbers are up a little. 


For the month of September we helped to feed 404 people. That included 94 families, 183 children, 158 adults and 63 seniors. 


People were absolutely THRILLED about getting the toilet paper, dry goods, toiletries and other goodies that the church sent over. We thank you so much for that. 


On pantry nights, we put up a clothing rack for people to go through. We have had a ton of clothing donated so we're figuring a plan of action for a free rummage sale type event to get the clothing distributed.


Thank you,

Sarah Isola, Sandy Valley Food Pantry Director


Sandy Valley Food Pantry

September, 2020 Update:


It’s about time for another pantry update!


I would first like to give a shout out to Dan and Joel for doing such a great job helping out when they come to the pantry. I appreciate the help so much. 


Things are going good! We have been feeding an almost constant of around 225 people. There has been an increase in delivery requests so we are fulfilling 10-15 drops offs as well. 


Space is still an issue and I am excited to get a shed build-out plan set. My volunteer Lisa pulled some strings at the Primm outlet mall (Stateline) and we got all the frozen food and dry goods donated from Charley’s cheesesteaks restaurant. The mall wanted to give us additional help so they partnered with Old Navy to set up a donation bin at the Old Navy store. That was a pretty awesome blessing. They are going to keep it up through October. 


As always our clients are extremely grateful. We tried a new set up for the pantry outside as we have had several complaints about how scary it is to walk down the stairs while carrying a handful of food. We normally have a volunteer able to do carry outs and I will do them as well but a lot of times were are understaffed on pantry nights. We always seem to find a way to make it work though. 


I have included some pics and a pic of us receiving food from the mall. 

Thanks!

Sarah Isola, Pantry Director

July 17, 2020 Update

Volunteers showed up to help for July 17 hand out, and we have 2 more people who stepped up to help out with deliveries for shut-ins or anyone who has reached out that cannot make it to Keystone. 


We have had great responses from the community, families are very thankful and appreciative. We have the pantry set up as per Covid guidelines to make it very quick and in and out of the building, everything is pre-bagged so it's grab and go, we all keep a safe distance. 


We have had other donations of all kinds, such as: toiletries, gently used and new clothes, school supplies, sheets, anything and everything really. We put those items out on a table on pantry nights as well so our customers can "shop those items". 


Mike showed up with 2 big bags of stuffed animals that I set up on chairs that kids were able to grab on their way out, it was cool.


We are SO EXCITED to get the new fridge and freezer, getting those pallets of perishables was stressful to say the least but we got through it. 


Last night we served 41 families totaling 201 people.


Thank you, Desert Spring Church!

July 09, 2020 Update


Both Three Square and Desert Spring continue to bring loads of food and supplies up to the Sandy Valley Food Pantry. 


Pictured here is a generous donation from a member of Desert Spring on it's way to Sandy Valley!

May 20, 2020 Update

Three Square, the local food bank, was finally able to get out to Sandy Valley to inspect our food pantry. Not only did we pass the inspection, but they were so impressed with what we’ve created there that they took pictures that they want to show to some of the other food pantries here in Las Vegas. 


So, wonderful work has been done by the leaders out in Sandy Valley! 


Because we’ve passed the inspection, we anticipate being able to receive food from Three Square within the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, we’ll continue to be figuring out ways that we can provide food to folks who are in need out there. 


Thank you for your continued support!

April 27, 2020 Update

Sandy Valley Food Pantry Delivery

April 27, 2020


Thank you, Desert Spring Church! 


Because of your generous support of the Sandy Valley, Nevada food pantry, Desert Spring was able to deliver $3,000 in groceries to restock the pantry. Hungry families in Sandy Valley have food!


Be sure to check out the pictures below.


Stay tuned for an update on our next delivery.


February, 2020 Update


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Sandy Valley Food Pantry

Congratulations, Desert Spring Church! We raised almost $84,000 in December 2019 to build and sustain a food pantry capable of feeding 500 people per month in Sandy Valley, Nevada. 


The pantry is located at Keystone Enrichment Foundation, a non profit in Sandy Valley with whom we are partnering. 


Sandy Valley, Nevada Quick Facts:


1. Approximately 2,700 people live in Sandy Valley. The most recent census indicates that about 15% of the Sandy Valley population lives under the poverty line. Of these, almost 23% are under 18, and 9% are 65 and over. This is almost double the percent of the population living under the poverty line in Las Vegas, and four times those under 18.


2. Sandy Valley is an unincorporated community about one hour from Desert Spring Church. Sandy Valley is considered a "food desert", a place where fresh produce and whole foods are unavailable. The nearest grocery store is in Las Vegas.


3. Three Square, our local Food Bank, has determined that a food pantry capable of feeding up to 500 people per month is needed to meet the food insecurity in Sandy Valley.


4. Desert Spring Church and Keystone Enrichment Foundation (a non profit in Sandy Valley), have joined forces with the goal of building and maintaining a food pantry on Keystone property to meet this need.


5. Three Square Food Bank will deliver food to the Food Pantry 3 - 4 times per month. Food will include fresh produce, meat and dairy. In addition, they will provide dry goods for 9 cents per pound.


6. Desert Spring Church will remain the fiscal agent for the food pantry for ease of obtaining grants in order to sustain the Food Pantry well into the future. This project is not a short term solution, but the beginning of a long term relationship between Desert Spring Church, Keystone Enrichment Foundation and Three Square Food Bank. 


7. Two members of Desert Spring Church, Pastor David Devereaux and Bill Crenshaw, have been elected to the Keystone Board of Directors.

The Board of Directors has hired a staff person to help prepare for and then manage the pantry. They would like to welcome Sarah Isola, and are grateful for her commitment to this project.