St. Vincent's Food Pantry Holds 'Thanksgiving in May'
It’s called “Thanksgiving in May.” The second annual event for Catholic Charities & the St. Vincent’s Programs in Reno happened on Wednesday morning.
The group distributed frozen turkeys with all the traditional holiday fixings to 1,000 local Northern Nevada families who braved the cold and the rain to come pick up their food.
Mary Dennis is retired on a fixed income and says “ … this really helps the money go a long way, so maybe I can get a treat for my grandson.”
Scott Cooksley is the director for St. Vincent's Food Pantry. He says 95% of their customers are what he calls working poor - they have jobs and cars, but not enough income to make ends meet.
“I have two teenagers and a grown man, this here will probably last a few nights,” says Gen Fajardo, who has learned how to make food last.
Mary Dennis visits St. Vincent’s Food Pantry regularly but says a big meal like this makes a big difference. “It carries you over, because sometimes the one food you get won't make it over, but a turkey can take you through five meals - so that's a good thing.”
Cooksley says times are still tough. Catholic Charities and St. Vincent’s Programs feed more than 6,000 people every month. “Maybe they've had their parents move in. You've see a lot of households that've combined because of the tough times economically and one of the first things they do is, 'how do we get more food?'”
Fajardo recently lost her job, so the family is surviving on her husband's salary. “This helps a whole lot - it's food in their bellies.”
The majority of food given away today was provided by the Department of Agriculture and some private donations - something Catholic Charities is always in need of.