Catholic Charities’ Feed Vegas Event Aims to End Hunger in Las Vegas for a Single Day

Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada’s Feed Vegas Event Aims to End Hunger in Las Vegas for a Single Day

The organization will provide more than 1,000 meals on the day of the event.

While hunger continues to be an ever-present issue throughout the Las Vegas valley, Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada (CCSN), will attempt to completely eradicate the problem for a single day through its “Feed Vegas” celebration, which is held in honor of the organization’s 77th anniversary.

As one of the largest nonprofit social service providers in the state, Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada, is well known for offering a wide range of services to help the homeless and vulnerable and is no stranger to taking on the challenge of mitigating hunger insecurity in Las Vegas.

“Feed Vegas has been created as a way to celebrate a long-standing tradition of hosting a special gourmet meal for our community members as well as take a legitimate step towards ending hunger in the Las Vegas Valley,” says CCSN President and CEO Deacon Tom Roberts.  “Every journey starts with a single step or in our case, a single day.”

According to Roberts, one of the most important services the organization offers is food, which impacts the lives of the most at-risk members of our community each and every day. And while CCSN has the capacity to serve nearly 1.9 million meals throughout the year and over 1,000 meals on the day of the event, they do not have the capacity to tackle the problem alone.

Recent data shows that almost 300,000 people, or about 15 percent of valley residents, suffer from food insecurity, which means they lack access to enough food for an active, healthy lifestyle.

“We understand that this isn’t an issue that can be solved in a single day, which is why we’re calling on the Las Vegas community for help,” says Roberts. “Each meal we serve costs us approximately $2.50. That means even a small donation can help us a provide a nutritious meal to a lot of people.”

In addition to monetary donations, which can be given through the CCSN website or Amazon Smiles, the organization is asking for volunteers as well.

“Money is important, but volunteers are also critical to the success of our organization, says Roberts. “We couldn’t do what we do without them. We need help in the food pantry, plating meals for Meals on Wheels, and serving in the dining room seven days a week.”

According to Roberts, the community is also encouraged to donate food.

“Our Hands of Hope Community Food Pantry offers a grocery store setting to allow some of the community’s most vulnerable members to choose the groceries that are best for their families,” says Robert. “Contributions from the community of non-perishable food items are what makes this program possible.”

The Feed Vegas celebration will be held Thursday, April 26 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the St. Vincent Lied Dining Facility, 1511 N Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89101.

To learn more about Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada’s or its Feed Vegas event, please visit www.catholiccharities.com.

About Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada
Since 1941, the mission of Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada has been to serve those in need — the most vulnerable regardless of race, religion or creed.  This leading community resource offers help and hope with dignity as it strives to meet the diverse needs of men, women and children in Southern Nevada.  Through the generosity of foundations, grants, organizations and individual donors, Catholic Charities operates 18 programs providing support to more than 5,000 people daily and encompassing five core areas: Family Services, Food Services, Senior Services, Immigration and Refugee Services and Homeless and Housing Services. Catholic Charities also operates the largest Meals on Wheels program and Emergency Shelter Services in Southern Nevada. For additional information, please visit CatholicCharities.com.

Raising Cane’s To Donate Easter Meal For Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada

Raising Cane’s To Donate Easter Meal For
Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada 

MRG Marketing & Management, Inc. (MRG), Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers Southwest franchise partner, will host its Las Vegas Community Strong event in support of Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada on Easter Sunday, April 1.

Raising Cane’s volunteers will prepare and serve a special meal to those in need at St. Vincent Lied Dining Facility at 1501 N. Las Vegas Blvd. The meal will be served at 10 a.m. and volunteers will be helping out from 8:00 a.m. to noon. Opened in 1965, the St. Vincent Lied Dining Facility now serves an average of 800 meals daily to men, women and children. The mission of Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada is to serve those in need regardless of race, religion or creed. Guests at the St. Vincent Lied Dining Facility enjoy a nutritious meal in a clean and safe environment with no questions asked.

As part of its Community Strong event, MRG Marketing & Management, Inc. will donate $6,000 to Catholic Charities to continue their community efforts. Volunteers will also create a special holiday experience for guests, complete with a sit-down Easter meal with all the trimmings.

“We greatly appreciate the support of Raising Cane’s and MRG,” said Deacon Tom Roberts, President and CEO of Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada.  “We depend on the generosity of others to help us provide services to the most vulnerable in our community.  Raising Cane’s volunteers are helping to make such a difference in this community.”

“One of our core principals is to give back to the communities we serve,” said MRG Marketing & Management President Justin Micatrotto. “Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada provides an important service and we are proud to support the great work being done by the organization.”

 

ABOUT MRG MARKETING & MANAGEMENT INC.:
Since entering the Arizona market in September 2011, MRG Marketing & Management Inc. now owns and operates 17 Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers Arizona locations and is the Southwest franchise partner of Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers. MRG’s first restaurant opened in Las Vegas in 2006 and currently manages 12 Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers locations throughout the Las Vegas Valley. March 2018 marked MRG’s third northern Nevada location. For future plans and more information about MRG, visit www.mrgmm.com.

ABOUT RAISING CANE’S®:
Founded by Todd Graves in 1996 in Baton, Rouge, LA., RAISING CANE’S CHICKEN FINGERS has more than 300 restaurants in 23 states with multiple new restaurants under construction.  The company has ONE LOVE®—quality chicken finger meals—and is continually recognized for its unique business model and customer satisfaction.  Raising Cane’s vision is to have restaurants all over the world and be the brand for quality chicken finger meals, a great crew, cool culture and active community involvement.  More information is available at raisingcanes.com.

About Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada
Since 1941, the mission of Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada has been to serve those in need — the most vulnerable — regardless of race, religion or creed.  This leading community resource offers help and hope with dignity as it strives to meet the diverse needs of men, women and children in Southern Nevada.  Through the generosity of foundations, grants, organizations and individual donors, Catholic Charities operates 18 programs providing support to more than 5,000 people daily and encompassing five core areas: Family Services, Food Services, Senior Services, Immigration and Refugee Services and Homeless and Housing Services.  Catholic Charities also operates the largest Meals on Wheels program and Emergency Shelter Services in Southern Nevada.  For additional information, please visit CatholicCharities.com

Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada to Receive $10 Million Gift from The Fertitta Family

 

Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada To Receive
$10 Million Gift From Fertitta Family

Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada (CCSN) is proud to announce a $10 million joint pledge from the Frank and Victoria Fertitta Foundation, Frank and Jill Fertitta and Lorenzo and Teresa Fertitta. This generous gift, will be funded over a three-year period to enable the renovation of the nonprofit campus and provide funds for ongoing operational support.

Campus improvements will include refurbishing the Emergency Shelter, which houses an average of 500 homeless men each night, and remodeling the St. Vincent Lied Dining Facility, which hosts the free community meal that serves an average of 800 men, women, and children every day of the year. CCSN operates 18 programs, including Meals on Wheels for Las Vegas and North Las Vegas, the Hands of Hope Community Food Pantry, Adoption Services, and job training for homeless individuals seeking to achieve self-sufficiency.

“There are few words that can adequately describe the gratitude we feel toward the Fertitta Family, who have long been supporters of our core mission of providing help and hope to our community’s most vulnerable citizens,” said Deacon Tom Roberts, Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada, President & CEO. “This gift will allow us to continue to fund and sustain existing programs, and we are blessed to be stewards of such incredible generosity.”

“Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada is one of our community’s oldest nonprofit organizations, which operates 365 days a year to provide a culture of caring,” said Victoria Fertitta. “My family is very grateful for their dedicated staff and volunteers, who tirelessly go above and beyond the call of duty to ensure those in need are taken care of.”

For more information about Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada’s suite of services, please visit www.catholiccharities.com.

About Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada
Since 1941, the mission of Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada has been to serve those in need — the most vulnerable — regardless of race, religion or creed. This leading community resource offers help and hope with dignity as it strives to meet the diverse needs of men, women and children in Southern Nevada. Through the generosity of foundations, grants, organizations and individual donors, Catholic Charities operates 18 programs providing support to more than 5,000 people daily and encompassing five core areas: Family Services, Food Services, Senior Services, Immigration and Refugee Services and Homeless and Housing Services. Catholic Charities also operates the largest Meals on Wheels program and Emergency Shelter Services in Southern Nevada. For additional information, please visit CatholicCharities.com.

 

Catholic Charities and Mayor Goodman Join Forces to Raise Awareness for Meals on Wheels

 

Catholic Charities and Mayor Goodman Join Forces to Raise Awareness for Meals on Wheels
More than 2,100 Local Seniors Rely on Meals on Wheels

Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada  (CCSN) announced today that it will be participating in the 16th annual March for Meals – a month-long, community-by-community celebration of Meal on Wheels and the vulnerable Nevada seniors who rely on the vital service to remain independent at home. CCSN’s celebration will take place on Thursday, March 8, at 1 p.m., as City of Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman will deliver a week’s worth of meals to a Meals on Wheels client.

”Meals on Wheels services are essential, and the need in Las Vegas and North las Vegas is critical and rapidly increasing,” said CCSN President & CEO Deacon Tom Roberts. “We thank Mayor Goodman for her support as we work to keep seniors living independently, healthier at home and feeling more connected to their community as they age.”

Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada has administered Las Vegas and North Las Vegas’ Meals on Wheels programs since 1975.

Local Facts About Meals on Wheels

  • CCSN received a $2.3M grant from the Aging and Disability Services Division (ASDS) to serve the existing 2,000 recipients. As a result of the grant, 126 seniors will be removed from the waiting list and added to the daily routes. CCSN also received a $500,000 ADSD grant to replace trucks and kitchen equipment.
  • Meals on Wheels trucks travel more than 84,000 miles annually throughout Las Vegas and North Las Vegas
  • CCSN has seven trucks and 35 delivery routes, serving  2,126 clients
  • Cost per meal operation, based on 2,126 clients, is $5.60 per meal, and includes: food, preparation, delivery, and case management
  • Roughly 600 clients on the Las Vegas/North Las Vegas delivery routes have a pet companion, and Meals on Wheels relies on donated pet food to be able to deliver this resource to clients

About Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada
Since 1941, the mission of Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada has been to serve those in need — the most vulnerable regardless of race, religion or creed.  This leading community resource offers help and hope with dignity as it strives to meet the diverse needs of men, women and children in Southern Nevada.  Through the generosity of foundations, grants, organizations and individual donors, Catholic Charities operates 18 programs providing support to more than 5,000 people daily and encompassing five core areas: Family Services, Food Services, Senior Services, Immigration and Refugee Services and Homeless and Housing Services. Catholic Charities also operates the largest Meals on Wheels program and Emergency Shelter Services in Southern Nevada. For additional information, please visit CatholicCharities.com.

About Meals on Wheels America
Meals on Wheels America is the oldest and largest national organization supporting the more than 5,000 community-based programs across the country that are dedicated to addressing senior isolation and hunger. This network exists in virtually every community in America and, along with more than two million staff and volunteers, delivers the nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks that enable America’s seniors to live nourished lives with independence and dignity. By providing funding, leadership, education, research and advocacy support, Meals on Wheels America empowers its local member programs to strengthen their communities, one senior at a time. For more information, or to find a Meals on Wheels provider near you, visit www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org.