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Catholic Charities to Unveil Expanded Kitchen and Food Pantry

Now Serving: Catholic Charities to Unveil Expanded Kitchen and Food Pantry

Improvements Will Help Fight Hunger in Southern Nevada

WHAT: Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada (CCSN) is pleased to announce the Food For Life Celebration, which will include the unveiling of their expanded food service programs and a special free community meal for men, women and children in need, Wednesday, Oct. 26, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. More than 100 volunteers and staff will prepare and serve 1,200 meals.

Congresswoman Dina Titus, Clark County Commissioner Lawrence Weekly and representatives from the offices of U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, U.S. Rep. Joe Heck and U.S. Sen. Dean Heller are scheduled to attend the unveiling and community meal.
The Hands of Hope Community Food Pantry redesign includes a 3,090-square-foot expansion and new fixtures for food storage, display and distribution. The Meals on Wheels kitchen has been consolidated into the St. Vincent Lied Dining Facility kitchen, adding 3,778 square feet of kitchen space. The food service expansion will allow more than 600 clients to be removed from the Meals on Wheels waiting list and increase the number of food pantry clients to 1,000 each week, a 33 percent boost over current levels.
Additionally, CCSN will announce the winner of the Food For Life Challenge, which featured three Southern Nevada food journalists – Debbie Hall, Al Mancini and Mitchell Wilburn – creating meals from scratch based on the food donations available in the kitchen. Each Thursday throughout the month of October, their menus were served to CCSN clients during the free community meal and rated based on taste, creativity and presentation.

The Food for Life Celebration will also be the official kickoff for CCSN’s 30th Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. It is the Las Vegas Valley’s largest turkey giveaway, and CCSN is hoping to raise 4,000 frozen turkeys and assorted desserts and fixings to ensure our community’s less fortunate have the Thanksgiving they deserve.
To learn more about Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada’s suite of programs, or to make a donation, please visit

WHO: Deacon Thomas Roberts
President & CEO, Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada
Jun Lao
Executive Sous Chef, Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada

WHEN: Oct. 26, 2016
9 – 9:30 a.m.: Ribbon cutting/unveiling of remodeled kitchen and food pantry
9:30 – 10 a.m.: Media tour of kitchen/food pantry
10 – 11 a.m.: Free community meal to be served to clients by more than 100 volunteers
11 -11:45 a.m.: Additional media tours of kitchen/food pantry available

WHERE: Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada
1501 Las Vegas Blvd North
Las Vegas, NV 89101

MEDIA: Media will have the opportunity to capture photos and obtain b-roll of the grand opening and free community meal. Interview opportunities are available with Deacon Roberts, Chef Lao and special guests.

CONTACT: Evan Korn
[email protected]

For 75 years, the mission of Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada has been to serve those in need – the most vulnerable, regardless of race, religion or creed. Today, through the support and generosity of foundations, grants, organizations and individual donors, Catholic Charities continues to operate programs, often with shoestring budgets, to meet the incredible needs of so many, in so many areas. These five categories – Family Services, Food Services, Senior Services, Immigration and Refugee Services, and Homeless and Housing Services – are providing a wide range of human services and support, from infants to seniors. Programs such as the Emergency Shelter, Meals on Wheels Senior Nutrition and Adoption Services are lifelines for those in need. A community resource that offers help and hope and restores a sense of dignity as it strives to meet the diverse needs of the more than 100,000 clients we serve every year.