Food Insecurity

Anh Gray

People who are considered rent burdened spend roughly a third or more of their income on housing. This leaves many families with less for other essentials like food or healthcare. Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray reports there’s a program that is helping low-income people battling illnesses get the nutrition they need.

High rent prices in Reno are placing many people in financially dire situations. With more of their income going to housing, families may have less to spend on essentials, like food. Our reporter Anh Gray visits a local food pantry to find out how the housing crunch is affecting people in the community.

Anh Gray

About one in seven Nevadans struggle with hunger. The Food Bank of Northern Nevada—or FBNN—distributes millions of pounds of food each year. The organization’s President and CEO Al Brislain says about 70 percent of the families they’re serving live in poverty.

“I mean we’re seeing some really good jobs coming into Reno, and that’s great, but people who don’t have a skill, if they’re on the working end of a shovel, they’re not making that much,” Brislain explains. “And so if they’ve got a couple of kids or a single mom that’s working part-time in a retail shop or something like that, the money that they have, often times the ends don’t meet.”