Thanksgiving is only a little more than a week away, and Evelyn Mount's Community Outreach Food Drive is in dire need of groceries for her annual campaign to provide holiday meals for the area's needy.
For 26 years, Evelyn Mount has provided holiday meals to thousands of Reno and Sparks families through the program she and her late husband founded.
The Mounts started the charity when they moved to Reno in 1976, and found there were no services to help those in need. She and Leon started by feeding about 25 families with food *they cooked in the family's kitchen.
Now Mount spearheads the food drives every year…and plans, prepares and supplies thousands of meals to needy citizens in the area. This year her goal is creating holiday food baskets for nine thousand families…including sending baskets home with school children in need and delivering them to homebound seniors. The program has come a long way from where she started.
Community Outreach is headquartered in Evelyn's garage...which typically becomes a hub of activity prior to the holidays...gradually filling with food donations. And between holidays, from her home she continues her benevolent and tireless efforts to seek food donations and to cook and deliver meals for low-income seniors and grandparents raising grandchildren on tight budgets.
You can help Evelyn prepare the donation baskets by donating a frozen turkey, ham, or chicken and what she calls all the fixings…canned vegetables, potatoes, pasta, stuffing and cranberry sauce.
If you'd like to contribute, here are the drop-off locations.
You can bring food to the Sak n' Save at either Oddie and Silverada, or Plumb Lane; the Scolari's on South Virginia, or the Gold Dust West at 444 Vine.
You can also drop a contribution at Evelyn Mount's home, at 2530 Cannan Street.