Supplies are running low at philanthropist Evelyn Mount's annual food drive. Families from around the Reno area have been standing in long lines outside Mount's home in hopes of getting a grocery bag filled with all the makings for a holiday meal. Donations are continuing to trickle in, but Mount says she's concerned that they may not have enough for the growing number of people in need this holiday season.
She says more than 10 thousand people have come by to claim a holiday dinner. Supplies of ham, chicken and turkey are especially low. Despite the long lines and short supplies, many local families say this one meal will make a big difference for their holiday.
With rising unemployment rates across our area a single holiday meal may not be enough. For those families with a greater need, the Food Bank of Northern Nevada has a number of programs that can help.
President and CEO, Cherrie Jamason says thanks to technology - families can get assistance without the stigma of food stamps. Funds for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or “SNAP” are loaded on to electronic cards which are used like debit cards at checkout. To find out if you qualify or what might be available in your neighborhood, click on the link below.
For those who just need a little help during the holiday season, Evelyn Mount's outreach operation will continue through Wednesday afternoon. She will begin collection donations for Christmas meals on December 6th.