Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada will be distributing frozen turkeys and fixings to 1,600 local families this Wednesday, as part of our “Thanksgiving in May” event. As a result of a recent increase in the number of hungry families visiting our St. Vincent’s Food Pantry, the USDA recently gave us an extra allotment of 1,600 frozen turkeys for our clients. In order to increase the amount of food and expand our reach, we decided to hold a “Thanksgiving in May” food drive in order to collect all of the fixings that go with turkey. Thanks to a very generous community, we received enough donations to give each family a turkey and a food box.
The food distribution will take place this Wednesday, May 22nd from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at St. Vincent’s Food Pantry, which is located at 500 East Fourth Street in downtown Reno. The turkeys will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis, so our clients will likely begin lining up for turkeys around 8:00 a.m. If you’d like to get video of the busiest part of the event, we recommend arriving at our campus between 8:30 and 11:00 a.m.
Our goal for “Thanksgiving in May” is to provide 1,600 families with the items they need in order to go home and prepare a special “holiday” meal. The majority of our St. Vincent’s Food Pantry clients have minimal income, but not enough to meet the daily hunger needs for their families. “We think this event really highlights the fact that hunger occurs in our community year round, and not just during the holidays,” says St. Vincent’s Food Pantry Manager Scott Cooksley.
For more details, please call Auburn Harrison at (775)322-7073 ext. 235.