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Food Bank of Northern Nevada volunteers, Dottie Thomas, center and Katrina McClarin, right bag groceries for community members during the 20th annual Jeffrey Olson Memorial Thanksgiving Feed on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 in Downtown Reno. Following their dinner, participants received groceries from FBNN's mobile pantry. (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent)

On Wednesday, as many Nevada residents began to think about traveling home to their families or Thanksgiving dinner the next day, Connie Valenzuela was preparing food inside the kitchen at Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada in downtown Las Vegas.

Across the state, residents rallied together to provide meals and food for local families in need of support over the holidays.

The day before in Reno, about 40 volunteers served meals to more than 500 people at the Jeffrey Olson Memorial Thanksgiving Feed where about $10,000 worth of food was provided by the Row Reno's Eldorado Resort Casino, Silver Legacy Resort Casino and Circus Circus Reno.

In Reno, the Food Bank of Northern Nevada also brought its mobile pantry to the event, as well as additional information about SNAP benefits.

"We are definitely reaching people who may not have otherwise found us as readily," Aramelle Wheeler, a spokesperson for the food bank, said at the Thanksgiving feed on Wednesday. "We are serving 92,000 people every single month throughout our 90,000 square-mile service area. We know that here in Washoe County, there is a particular amount of need."

"If you are not meeting your body's needs with the nourishment, it really makes it nearly impossible to do anything else well," she added.

Throughout the day, the volunteers were met with grateful smiles.

"Having food 'til the end of the month, having more food than what I can afford right now. I get a thousand a month with disability. Half of that goes to rent. And with my other bills, I'm broke," said Michael "Spike" Sandberg, who received a box of groceries from the food bank. "Trust me, it does help. It's sad that there's this many people that have to rely on it but that's how our country is right now."

M.L. Liddell of Three Square loads a pallet piled with more than 500 donated pumpkin pies into a truck at Smith's Marketplace in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. Smith's donated a total of 2,500 pies to local charities to help feed local families in need. (Daniel Clark/The Nevada Independent)
Kevin Peachey of Project 150 loads boxes of donated pumpkin pies into a truck at Smith's Marketplace in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. (Daniel Clark/The Nevada Independent)
Ed Schwiening of the Salvation Army helps load boxes of donated pumpkin pies into a truck at Smith's Marketplace in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. (Daniel Clark/The Nevada Independent)
Connie Valenzuela prepares food inside the kitchen at Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada in downtown Las Vegas on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018. (Daniel Clark/The Nevada Independent)
Nila Samano unloads trays of small just-baked pumpkin pies in the kitchen at Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada in downtown Las Vegas on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018. (Daniel Clark/The Nevada Independent)
Thomas John prepares food inside the kitchen at Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada in downtown Las Vegas on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018. (Daniel Clark/The Nevada Independent)
The Hands of Hope Community Food Pantry as seen at Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada in downtown Las Vegas on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018. (Daniel Clark/The Nevada Independent)
Angela Turcios selects food with her son Otoniel inside the Hands of Hope Community Food Pantry at Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada in downtown Las Vegas on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018. (Daniel Clark/The Nevada Independent)
Joe Battaglia looks down at his turkey as he leaves the Hands of Hope Community Food Pantry at Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada in downtown Las Vegas on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018. (Daniel Clark/The Nevada Independent)
Marizza Hensley and her two children Solaris and Gabriel check out inside the Hands of Hope Community Food Pantry at Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada in downtown Las Vegas on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018. (Daniel Clark/The Nevada Independent)
Marizza Hensley and her two children Solaris and Gabriel prepare to leave with their Thanksgiving turkey inside the Hands of Hope Community Food Pantry at Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada in downtown Las Vegas on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018. (Daniel Clark/The Nevada Independent)
Community members line up for the 20th annual Jeffrey Olson Memorial Thanksgiving Feed on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 in Downtown Reno. Olson, the former banquet manager at the Silver Legacy, started the tradition 20 years ago. Food was donated by The Row: Reno's Eldorado Resort Casino, Silver Legacy Resort Casino and Circus Circus Reno. More than 500 people were served a meal. (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent)
Community members eat inside a tent at the corner of 6th and Center Street during the 20th annual Jeffrey Olson Memorial Thanksgiving Feed on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 in Downtown Reno. (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent)
Volunteers prepare hundreds of slices of pumpkin pie before the 20th annual Jeffrey Olson Memorial Thanksgiving Feed on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 in Downtown Reno, Nevada. (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent)
Volunteer Ryan Clark, niece of Jeffrey Olson, serves food at the 20th annual Jeffrey Olson Memorial Thanksgiving Feed on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 in Downtown Reno. (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent) "My Uncle was incredibly kind, caring and giving person." said Clark. "And I think it's amazing the year after year, they carry on with [the dinner]."

 

Reno resident Bob Dalton heads in to the 20th annual Jeffrey Olson Memorial Thanksgiving Feed on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 on the corner of 6th and Center Street in Downtown Reno. (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent)
"The food is great, it's really great," said Bob Dalton. "I've only got eleven teeth so I can't eat it all. But they've certain things I like. And the groceries [from the Food Bank] help."

 

 

Tin foil going on a plate at the 20th annual Jeffrey Olson Memorial Thanksgiving Feed on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 in Downtown Reno. (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent)
Michael "Spike" Sandberg, center, receives a box of groceries from the Food Bank of Northern Nevada's mobile pantry during the 20th annual Jeffrey Olson Memorial Thanksgiving Feed on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 in Downtown Reno. (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent) When asked what it means to receive the groceries: "Having food 'til the end of the month, having more food than what I can afford right now. I get a thousand a month with disability. Half of that goes to rent. And with my other bills, I'm broke. Trust me, it does help. It's sad that there's this many people that have to rely on it but that's how our country is right now."

 

 

 

 

A young girl receives a stuffed animal from Bill Fisher during the 20th annual Jeffrey Olson Memorial Thanksgiving Feed on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 in Downtown Reno. (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent)

 

 

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