Catholic Charities seeking food donations to help families in need

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - The holidays is one of the busiest times at Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada, due to the large number of events and donation drives it does each year. Catholic Charities has made it an annual tradition to feed families in need around Thanksgiving and Christmas by giving away holiday hams and turkeys, and bags filled with nutritious food.

For the past few years, food donations have dropped off significantly, and Catholic Charities needs help from the community now more than ever. In 2016, CC gave out holiday food bags for “Feeding Families” to more than 7,000 people.

There are lots of hungry families locally that need support from the community, and the number of people served on a monthly basis continues to rise. In the past year, our St. Vincent’s Food Pantry has seen an 80% increase, going from serving 12,000 people per month to around 15,000. Here is what is being collected for the months of September and October:

September – Canned Fruits and Vegetables

October – Instant Potatoes and Gravy

All donations can be taken to the St. Vincent’s Food Pantry at 500 E. Fourth Street in downtown Reno. Just let the staff know that your donation is for “Feeding Families”. The pantry is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 4p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.