Sportsmen Against Hunger Annual Feed Helps Needy Families

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RENO, NV - Hundreds of hungry Nevadans got a free meal Tuesday night, thanks to the help of the Salvation Army and Safari Club.

Hundreds lined up for a free dinner, and for some their first hot meal in weeks. Jeff Lowery has been homeless for nearly a year and his last hot meal was a month ago.

"This is a real treat for me," he said.

Wild game meatloaf, mashed potatoes and hot coffee were just some of the food served at the feast, all of which was made and donated by Harrah's, Eldorado and several other sponsors. The Salvation Army and the Safari Club have been hosting Sportsmen Against Hunger since 1989.

"Hunger doesn't just occur at Christmas; it doesn't just occur at Thanksgiving; hunger occurs year round," said Sgt. Mike Zielinski of the Salvation Army.

The non-profit organization prepared for nearly 1,800 people Tuesday night in hopes members could help those who are going through a hard time, get back on their feet.

"They can eat as much as they want while they're here this evening," said Sgt. Zielinski.

Elizabeth Dominguez and her son, Kemen, aren't homeless, but wanted to turn the feed into a learning opportunity.

"One day as he gets old, as he's growing, he'll learn to look at things outside of just himself and his normal day to day activities," she said. "There's a whole lot more going on in this world and to be more connected, to be more involved in this community and with other people."

More than 170 volunteers helped out at the event, making sure folks like Lowery haven't been forgotten.

"It's good to know the community still cares for the homeless," said Lowery.