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Empty Bowls Reno: The Community Food Pantry's Annual Fundraiser Helps Feed Over 20,000 People Every Year

By Molly Ellery

 You're Invited! 

The Community Food Pantry - 10th Annual Empty Bowls Fundraiser

When: September 25, 2019 | 6-8:30pm

Where: Grand Sierra Resort & Casino - Reno, NV

Ticket Price: $40


The Community Food Pantry - Fighting the Hunger Crisis in Reno-Sparks for Over 10 Years

It’s hard to believe that with a surging economy there are still individuals in our community that struggle. Not just to pay the rent, put gas in their car or keep the lights on but simply to keep food in the fridge and keep their families fed and well-nourished. In fact, the large number of individuals still facing food insecurity throughout the region is shocking. However, one local organization has quietly worked for over a decade to fight this crisis. The Community Food Pantry provides emergency food to those in need throughout the greater Reno/Sparks area. Led by Barbara Monroy, the organization opens its doors twice a week, offering individuals and families a three-day food supply once a month. Annually, the food pantry serves 20,000 people, half of which are children, with the help of a dedicated volunteer base who log 5,000 hours yearly. Food is received through a partnership with the Food Bank of Northern Nevada, contributions from local grocery stores and donations from individuals and families in the fight to rid the community of hunger and food insecurity. The pantry also offers a mobile program that serves senior citizens residing in motels and senior centers.

However, the task of running an operation of this size is no easy feat. To avert costs, the organization holds an annual fundraiser, aptly named "Empty Bowls," which aligns with an international project to fight hunger. Prior to the event, the pantry invites the community to paint bowls that will then be auctioned at the event where a simple soup and salad dinner is served, bringing the ‘Empty Bowl’ message full circle.

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Mondays and Thursdays 8:30 am – 11 am – Pick up and unpack food

Wednesday 9 am – 12noon – Distribution

Saturday 8 am – 11 am – Distribution


Wednesday 10 am – 12 noon

2nd & 4th Wednesday’s March through September 530-7pm.

Saturday 9-11am

Eligible for food once a month | Photo ID required*

Located at: 1135 12th Street Sparks Nevada- Behind the Sparks Library.

For information on how to donate or volunteer, please call 775-391-0482

The Community Food Pantry 501c3  EIN 46-1824748


  • Any Non-Perishable-Shelf Stable
  • Single Server Pop top cans of food that doesn’t necessarily need to be heated to be eaten.
  • Protein Bars, Cereal Bars, PopTarts, etc
  • Fresh Fruit/Veggies
  • Toilet Paper (High Need)
  • Toiletries – Toothpaste/brushes, Razors, Soap, Hair combs etc.