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ELKO — Wells Fargo branches in Elko are doubling as a food bank this holiday season in a joint effort with FISH Elko to fight hunger.

Until the end of the year, approximately 5,900 Wells Fargo branches nationwide will serve as food donation centers, collecting nonperishable foods in specially marked bins as part of the Wells Fargo Holiday Food Bank.

“The stark reality is that one in seven Americans rely on a food bank over the holidays to help put food on the table,” said Mary Mack, head of Community Banking. “By bringing together our customers, our team members, nonprofits, and others, we’ll make it easier for everyone to enjoy holiday meals together.”

The hope is that, by working together this holiday season, Wells Fargo can help support the 41.2 million Americans the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates are “food insecure” – meaning they can’t always obtain adequate nutrition.

“The holidays are about people coming together as family and friends to celebrate,” Mack said, “and sharing meals together and making memories around the table is a cherished part of that tradition.”

The holiday food banks add to Wells Fargo’s year-round philanthropic support of nonprofit organizations and volunteer efforts of the company’s more than 260,000 team members.

From Nov. 28 to Dec. 30 alone, Wells Fargo volunteers will support 41 food-related nonprofits — delivering meals, sorting food, and working to fight hunger in 14 states and the District of Columbia.

In 2016, Wells Fargo donated a total of $281.3 million to nonprofits, and team members volunteered 1.7 million volunteer hours to their favorite charities.

Yanus Nelson is Wells Fargo’s Nevada Northern Region Bank President.

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