Smith's helping food bank for holidays through December

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - Smith’s Food & Drug is again offering customers a convenient way to reach out and help others during the holiday season with its Bringing Hope To the Table donation drive. From November 13 through December 31, customers may add a $1, $5 or $10 donation to their grocery orders. 100 percent of the contribution will then be converted into Smith’s gift cards for Food Bank of Northern Nevada to then purchase meat, grocery items, dairy or other needed items at cost.

“This is yet another way in which our resources, combined with the support of our associates and customers, work together to make a positive impact in our communities,” said Aubriana Martindale, division corporate affairs manager for Smith’s. “Just a few dollars can create a nutritious meal for another person who otherwise would go without.”

The Bringing Hope To the Table donation drive for Food Bank of Northern Nevada ties into Smith’s newly launched Zero Hunger | Zero Waste initiative, an effort aimed at ending hunger in the communities Smith’s calls home and eliminating waste across the company by 2025.

“No family in the Northern Nevada communities should ever go hungry, and no food in the stores we operate should ever go to waste,” said Martindale.

Smith’s helps fight hunger throughout its seven states of operation. In addition to cash support, each day stores donate nutritious but unsellable foods to local food banks. In 2016, enough food was contributed this way to create 1,650,427 meals through food bank and pantry networks in Nevada.