#GivingTuesday supports the St. Vincent Dining Hall
~Local philanthropists to match gifts up to $40,000~
Reno, Nevada (November 21, 2022) – Every year, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable giving season. On Tuesday, November 29, Catholic charities in northern Nevada are asking donors to make their #GivingTuesday donations to St. Vincent’s Dining Room, Reno’s original “soup kitchen.” With a goal of raising $80,000, the dining room can provide 32,000 hot meals for the area’s most vulnerable citizens.
Community Champion Western Nevada Supply and two anonymous donors have generously provided an inspirational return gift of $40,000.
Held on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving every year, #GivingTuesday is the global generosity movement designed to encourage community members to donate to local charities as part of their holiday plans. Catholic charities accept donations on their website.
Once a ‘soup kitchen’, the St. Vincent’s Dining Room is now a comprehensive program offering a hot, nutritious meal to all who are hungry, no questions asked. Since its inception, the dining room has served more than three million free meals and averages more than 1,000 meals per day, with 600 take-away meals (lunch and dinner) delivered to the CARES campus.
Often a hot meal has been the entry point to additional services, where some find a foothold and rise out of poverty. For the past 60 years, St. Vincent’s Dining Room has served as one of those focal points for our neighbors in need of assistance.
“Our St. Vincent’s Dining Room is an important program to meet the needs of our community’s homeless and working poor neighbors,” said Marie Baxter, CEO of Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada. “The dining room relies on the generosity of our community donors and local grocery stores and in-kind caterers to provide meals seven days a week.”
In the past, most of the people served in St. Vincent’s dining room were chronically homeless, and many suffered from mental health issues and/or substance abuse issues. The hot meal that St. Vincent’s offers helps them take care of themselves in the simplest way. Other people who are considered “working poor” have housing but may not have enough to afford every meal. With a hot meal in the dining room you can save on your budget.
A $50 donation will fund 20 meals. To help the St. Vincent Dining Hall meet demand and feed the hungry in our community, visit ccsnn.org to make your donation. Donations can be made before or on November 29th.
For more information on Catholic charities in northern Nevada, visit ccsnn.org
Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada, founded in 1941, Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada (CCNN) is a Nevada-based, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, non-profit corporation that operates charitable programs for people including: St. Vincent’s Dining Room, St. Vincent’s Food Pantry, St. Vincent’s Resource Hub, Battle Born Housing Plus, Immigration Legal Services and others. CCNN is committed to providing service and building hope in our community. From infants to seniors, CCNN serves approximately 40,000 people in northern Nevada each month.
Contact: Tiffany East