Reno’s anonymously promoted “Great Homeless Feedoff” held today promised to be loosely organized. It was. A group of about 10 gathered near the BELIEVE sculpture at City Plaza at 11 a.m. prepared with carts of food, water, Gatorade, snacks, and boxes of hygiene packs provided by Reno Satanic.
Included were an IT professional, a teacher, parents and their children, and Sparks City Council Candidate Wendy Stolyarov. Not sure of next steps, the small group waited until about five past 11 and headed down the Truckee River bike path to give away the supplies.
The group meandered down the path and back, meeting with folks along the river, offering water and snacks to anybody along the way. They ended up back at the plaza and then proceeded through Wingfield Park.
While it was a small gathering, Stolyarov said about 50 people were contacted. Much appreciation was expressed.
It turns out that wasn’t the only group. According to the Welcome to Beautiful Reno, NV Facebook page, which pushed the event, more volunteers picked up
“We basically picked up two huge and generous donations from Pizzava and Noble Pie and went to Record [Street] by the clinic to pass out the pizza,” the page’s anonymous administrator said. “There is a group there that already meets up the first third and fifth Sunday of every month to give them meals, and so we teamed up and gave out pizza in addition to the meals and people were very stoked on getting some pizza.”
Bob Conrad is publisher, editor and co-founder of This Is Reno. He has served in communications positions for various state agencies and earned a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2011. In addition to managing This Is Reno, he holds a part-time appointment for the Mineral County University of Nevada Extension office.