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Local Businesses and Organizations Providing Free Thanksgiving Meals

Rebecca Bessler
Channel 2 News

This year, preparing a traditional Thanksgiving meal is difficult for more families than ever. As of October 2009, Nevada's unemployment rate is 13% and more than 175,000 people are looking for work.

Several businesses and organizations are offering free Thanksgiving meals this week to those in need.


  • Harrah's Reno will provide meals to more than 1,500 people who are either homeless or low income. Organizers expect the need to be equal or greater to last year's need. The meals will be served at 5 p.m. in a special tent located at 6th and Center Streets.


  • Members of the Reno Central Rotary Club will prepare and serve Thanksgiving meals for seniors at the Evelyn Mount Northeast Community Center at 1301 Valley Rd., beginning at noon.


  • The Silver Legacy in downtown Reno will serve traditional Thanksgiving meals beginning at 11 a.m.


  • Bully's Sports Bar & Grill will provide Thanksgiving meals at the Boys & Girls Club of the Truckee Meadows on E. Ninth Street. Dinner will be served from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Thanksgiving Day

  • John Ascuaga's Nugget will prepare more than 1,000 Thanksgiving meals for guests in the St. Vincent's Dining Room, at 325 Valley Rd., just east of downtown Reno. The service begins at 11:30 a.m. John Ascuaga's Nugget has provided meals for the homeless men, women and children in the community since 1955.


  • Bully's Sports Bar & Grill will serve free Thanksgiving meals at five locations, from noon to 5 p.m. The locations providing the meals include Bully's #3 at Pyramid Way and McCarran Boulevard; Bully's #4 off of College Parkway in Carson City; Bully's #7 at Robb Drive and Mae Anne Avenue; Bully's #9 at Damonte Ranch; and Bully's #10 in Spanish Springs.


  • The Flowing Tide Pub will serve meals at 465 S. Meadows Parkway, from noon to 4 p.m. The meals are for children and families who participate in the "Children in Transition" program in the Washoe County School District. 


  • University of Nevada, Reno students who cannot go home for Thanksgiving can enjoy a free meal provided by the Native American Student Organization (NASO). The banquet will take place in WRB 1003. The first meal will begin at 11:30 a.m., and the second meal will begin at 2 p.m.
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