Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada’s
St. Vincent’s Dining Room Program
Established in 1961, the St. Vincent’s Dining Room of Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada feeds nutritious meals to the poor, the homeless, and under-served men, women, and children six days a week (including holidays) in a clean and safe environment. Since our beginning, we have served more than 3 million free meals.
During this current recession, we have experienced a significant growth in the numbers of meals served daily. In 2013, we fed an average of 500 people per day, for a year-end total of more than 300,000 hungry people. Looking back to 2008, this number was in the low 400s. Although both of these are large numbers, there is a fluctuation in attendance based on the time of the week and the time of the month. Early in the week, we experience far fewer people dining with us than we do later in the week. We also see this pattern on a monthly basis, as we feed many more people at the end of the month than we do earlier in the month. Based on our observations and discussions with the people who share a meal with us, we have found that about half of the people who regularly participate in our free meals have some rather minimal income. For example, many of these people get paid weekly, and when their money runs out (usually at the end of the week), they bring their families to the St. Vincent’s Dining Room rather than going hungry.
St. Vincent’s Dining Room
325 Valley Road
Reno, Nevada 89512