Healthy Communities Coalition of Lyon and Storey Counties (HCC)
- Need: To increase access to healthy foods in two rural Nevada counties.
- Intervention: HCC and the Rural Health and Nutrition Initiative (RHNI) run food pantries, community and school gardens, a farmers market, and a greenhouse.
- Results: The three food pantries together serve about 3,600 people and distribute over 100,000 pounds of food each month.
Lyon County and Storey County in Nevada are considered
food deserts, with little access to fresh fruits and
vegetables. In order to increase access to healthy foods,
Communities Coalition of Lyon and Storey Counties
(HCC) created the Rural Health and Nutrition Initiative
(RHNI). HCC and RHNI operate programs such as food
pantries, community and school gardens, and a greenhouse.
HCC has open meetings, which any resident can attend.
Coalition members work on strategy teams concerning
healthcare access, food security, job training, senior
services, substance use prevention, and youth services,
among other issues.
HCC and RHNI operate:
- 3 food pantries, one of which delivers food to people
who don't have transportation
- 300,000-square-foot greenhouse
- Community gardens: memberships free to Supplemental
Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or food pantry
recipients and $25 a year for anyone else
- Farmers market, which accepts SNAP benefits; Senior
Farmers Market Coupons; and Women, Infants, and Children
(WIC) Farmers Market Coupons
- School garden program at 6 schools in Lyon County
RHNI grows food to donate to food pantries and to sell at
farmers markets. In addition, local restaurants can buy
fresh produce directly from RHNI.
The three food pantries together serve about 3,600 people
and distribute over 100,000 pounds of food each month.
Adults 60 years or older account for 26% of the client
population. Education is provided at food pantries to
increase knowledge about healthy choices, recipes, and
Program organizers are hoping to expand RHNI to include a
commercial kitchen, cooking workshops, food
demonstrations, summer work study programs, vegetable
nursery, and youth internships. In addition, HCC is
working on a food systems project to mentor and support
local small farmers and other food producers, educate
consumers on where to purchase local food, and reduce
Reaching SNAP recipients is not always easy. Through
social media, newsletters, and training, HCC and RHNI are
starting to reach more SNAP recipients and explain how
they can use and benefit from different services.
Community and faith-based initiatives
Community engagement and volunteerism
Farmers and farmworkers
Food security and nutrition
December 5, 2022
Suggested citation: Rural Health Information Hub,
Healthy Communities Coalition of Lyon and Storey Counties (HCC) [online]. Rural Health Information Hub. Available at:
[Accessed 27 January 2023]
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