For more than 80 years, firefighters with the Reno Fire Department and their families collected and distributed food and other supplies to families in need.

Saturday the group packed 150 boxes full of food, but they didn't always pass out food.

When they first started the drive in the 1930's, they collected firewood to keep people. They moved to serving holiday meals as the years went on, but now they give a whole box of essential foods.

"A lot of the people we deliver to are not able to cook a turkey," Event Organizer and Firefighter with RFD says. "So we're now doing a week's worth of food whether it's ham, eggs, milk, butter, cereal."

"I didn't expect there to be this much," Corbin Stewart, boy scout with troop 150, says. "And I think they'll really appreciate it."

Maas says there are several community partners that help RFD make sure the food finds a good home.

"Big Brothers Big Sisters, Pathfinders, Children's Cabinet, some of the school districts," Maas says. "They provide me with names of families they know of that are in need of extra help."

It's a long-lasting tradition, and even though it's undergone some changes, it's still going strong.

Stewart says his troop volunteers all the time, and he knows people are struggling even after the holiday season.

"I think about it sometimes during the day," Stewart says. "And then when we have events like this it really makes me happy and the troop happy."

"It's important just helping people out," Stewart says.