Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada (CCSN) has reopened its Hands of Hope Community Food Pantry, and is now, with adherence to social distancing guidelines, continuing operation under a new ongoing schedule Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
To operate safely, the pantry will now provide a free pre-packed box containing a selection of goods those in need. A line queues outside of the Food Pantry with instruction for social distancing, and guests can check-in at door and receive food box outside of roll up doors. Clients are able to access the Hands of Hope Community Food Pantry once every 30 days.
“After a thoughtful shift in operations in this uncertain time, we’re thankful that we can continue to provide families in need with access to food and other vital resources through our food pantry,” said CCSN President and CEO Deacon Tom Roberts. “We urge those struggling at this time to reach out and let us assist you as we navigate the effects of this pandemic together – as one unified and caring community.”
Qualifications to use the pantry during the crisis include: a valid government issued ID and proof of residence (recent rent receipt, utility bill, etc.); or those who need help may present valid government issued ID and self-declare no income due to unemployment.
CCSN had previously suspended operation of the food pantry on March 26 in order to reassess staffing requirements, clean and sanitize its facility, and also source food and boxing without the assistance of volunteers. Since the onset of the Coronavirus, the agency has cancelled regular volunteer activity, and as a whole has continued to operate at a higher degree of sanitation protocols and procedures.
In order for CCSN to continue its pantry operation and other services, the organization is in need of monetary donations. Those interested in contributing, can visit www.catholiccharities.com.