Prescription Food Pantries
Battling food insecurity while helping to treat and prevent chronic diseases by providing free, nutrient-rich food to you and your family.
Our Prescription Food Pantries provide free, nutrient-rich food to those who lack consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life. We emphasize the “healthy, medical” aspect of our food pantries so we can better identify the nutritional needs to prevent or aid in the treatment of chronic disease. Our pantries are filled with fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grains, lean or plant-based proteins, and low-fat dairy products. In addition, canned vegetables are low in sodium, and canned fruit is packed in juice or water.
Receiving food from our pantries is simple. The only requirement is to be a patient at Community Health Alliance. Though having a referral from your provider is recommended, it is not required.
Many ask how our food pantries are equipped and supported. We have one full-time food pantry coordinator at each location, and we heavily rely on community support and volunteers to help with food shipments, stock shelves, as well as pack grocery bags for patients.
We also work collaboratively with the Food Bank of Northern Nevada and receive shipments of fresh foods on Mondays and Thursdays. We are also thankful for the multiple urban farmers and organizations in Northern Nevada who we purchase and accept donated local produce, including Urban Roots, Desert Farming Initiative, Reno Gleaning Project and Harvest NV.