As our community continues to grapple with the ripple effects of the coronavirus pandemic, Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada continues on its mission to support all of those in need. For more than 70 years, we’ve been helping people of all cultures and beliefs rise out of poverty and overcome the barriers to self-sufficiency, while also protecting the health, safety, and well-being of our staff, volunteers, and community.
Most of Catholic Charities' most well-known programs are operating with some modifications, and we're working to open others back up in coordination with state and local requirements. We are open in many ways and ready to lend a helping hand to anyone who needs it.
Stocked and ready to distribute at the St. Vincent's Food Pantry
As many individuals have lost their jobs due to COVID-19, we know there is more of a need than ever for fresh and healthy food. Every day, more people turn to St. Vincent's Food Pantry, the largest food pantry in Nevada, to ensure healthy nutrition for themselves and their families.
Thanks to the generosity of our community, the food pantry is well-stocked. Fruits and vegetables previously distributed each week at the Friday Farmer's Market will now be available with regular food box pick-ups once a month. Rather than using the money from the coronavirus rescue stimulus checks to purchase groceries, we encourage families and individuals to take advantage of this free community resource.
We've also changed the food pantry's distribution system so that there is minimal contact and we can maintian safe social distancing.
The pantry is open Monday through Friday during two shifts, 9-11:30 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m. We close from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily to restock and clean, and at 2 p.m. the last day of every month for inventory purposes. If you are a first-time visitor, please come before 2:30 p.m. to get registered for the program. For more information, visit ccsnn.org/pages/food-pantry.
St. Vincent's Dining Room serving to-go meals
While St. Vincent's Dining Room, Reno's oldest "soup kitchen," is closed for dine-in eating, it is still serving hot, to-go lunches at 11:30 a.m. Monday through Saturday. We have been blessed with a steady supply of food and have the capacity to serve 300-500 meals per day. There is plenty to go around, so if you are hungry, please come down for a hot lunch Monday through Saturday.
Social services available with social distancing measures
Social distancing has not decreased the need for the social services that St. Vincent's Resource Hub provides to those who wonder how they will be able to meet their most basic needs. That's why all of our social workers and case managers are working to help the community while maintaining high health and safety standards. The Immigration Assistance Program is also operational and helping people. To make an appointment for one of these services, visit ccsnn.org/pages/programs.
Sparks thrift store preparing to reopen
Thanks to the diligence of Nevadans, we should be able to reopen our St. Vincent's Super Thrift in Sparks and some donation centers soon. The St. Vincent's Thrift Shop on Fourth Street will remain closed through May. We ask that our loyal donors hold onto donations just a little longer while we get our safety protocols in place. To get the latest updates, please follow us on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook.
With the generosity of our volunteers and donors, we'll continue to keep serving our community in the best way we can.