Thanksgiving is a day when we come together with those we love and remember all of the things we’re so grateful for. It’s a time for gathering, giving thanks, and — let’s be honest — enjoying what might be the best meal we have all year.
For vulnerable people who might not have the company, funds, or shelter to enjoy Thanksgiving, the holiday can feel lonely. Estimates say that Clark County alone has around 34,397 homeless residents. One out of seven people is considered food insecure — and this number has only been exacerbated by the pandemic.
So, what can we do?
How to Make Thanksgiving Memorable for All
We need to take action. Catholic Charities believes that everyone deserves to celebrate the holidays. This Thanksgiving, we’re stepping up to make the day special for all, and we invite you to join our mission.
For Turkey Day, we will be holding a turkey drive, and we need your help! We’re looking for frozen turkeys that will go to families in need that visit our Hands of Hope Community Food Pantry. Catholic Charities is able to accept any frozen turkey from 10 to 12 pounds. This allows for easier carrying for those we serve.
In addition, we’d be incredibly grateful for any sides and fixings that you’re able to donate — like potatoes, vegetables, and gravy.
And of course, we are always in need of monetary donations. This allows us to purchase turkeys and all of the supplies we’re going to need for our various food service programs this Thanksgiving.
In the past, Catholic Charities has given out about 3,000 turkeys to clients in need during the days leading up to Thanksgiving. We will deliver more than 2,450 Thanksgiving meals to homebound seniors through Meals on Wheels. And on the big day itself, we’ll be hosting a special meal for all who attend in our dining room at 10:00 a.m. PST.
Your support will make a huge difference this year. If it’s within your means, we hope you’ll consider donating. We also have a charity list for those who would like to purchase food items and have them delivered to us through Amazon Smile.
Life isn’t always easy, and for so many of us, the pandemic only made things tougher. Unemployment skyrocketed, and so many were struggling. But when we come together, amazing things can happen. We hope you’ll join us in making this Thanksgiving a wonderful day for Las Vegas!
How Catholic Charities is Fighting Food Insecurity
It’s not just Thanksgiving when too many people go hungry. It’s happening all year long. Catholic Charities is committed to ending food insecurity and hunger in Southern Nevada.
The Hands of Hope Community Food Pantry offers an opportunity for men, women, and families in need to secure a variety of supplemental food items. This includes fresh produce, baked goods, and boxed, canned, and frozen food items. Clients can receive a free pre-packed box of food items once every 30 days.
The WIC Program (Women, Infants, and Children) is a supplemental food program that provides food, nutritional education, and referrals to health and public agencies. The program is for pregnant women and families that have children up to five years of age.
The St. Vincent Lied Dining Facility was established in 1965 and provides free and healthy meals to men, women, and children 365 days a year. The dining room recently reopened and can feed hundreds of people in an hour. Everything’s been renovated and it’s so nice to serve those in need back in an indoor space.
Lastly, we’ve been providing Meals on Wheels to older adults in Southern Nevada since 1975. Our staff delivers seven nutritious, frozen meals to 2,450 homebound seniors free of charge every single week. Our drivers also do weekly wellness checks and deliver pet food for clients who have furry friends. Across the nation, one in six seniors struggles with hunger, and the number is exponentially growing. Furthermore, Nevada ranks among the top states in the country, having the highest rates of hunger risk among seniors. Help us fight senior hunger through Meals on Wheels.
The end of the year is always filled to the brim with emotions — and the last couple of years have certainly thrown us a few curveballs. This season, let’s join forces to make the holidays better for those who might be struggling. Every bit counts and no amount of help is too little. It takes a community-wide effort!
Catholic Charities leans heavily on generous and caring individuals who choose to donate their time and/or money. Help us make life a little better for vulnerable individuals and families in Southern Nevada. Learn more about how you can get involved — for Thanksgiving and beyond.