Food Drive Provides Food to Ronald McDonald House Families for Whole Year

While you’re out shopping for the “Big Game” this weekend, pick up an item for the House!

Imagine buying all your groceries for the year on one shopping day. For the Ronald McDonald House® of Greater Las Vegas, that day is Saturday, January 31st.

LAS VEGAS, NV (January 5, 2015) – All participating Smith’s Food & Drug locations throughout the greater Las Vegas area will be hosting an annual food drive for Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®) of Greater Las Vegas on Saturday, Jan. 31st 2015, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Volunteers will be on hand at Smith’s Food Stores to hand out a food drive wish list and assist shoppers in making their donations. More than 250 volunteers make this food drive possible, by collecting and sorting the donations, and stocking our pantry at the House. Ronald McDonald House Wish Lists will be available as shoppers enter each Smith’s store, at the RMHC volunteer table, inviting them to pick up items for families staying at the House as they shop.

“The remarkable thing about this food drive is that in one day, we receive everything we need to provide our families with food and a clean and comfortable place to stay, for the entire year,” says Alyson McCarthy, Executive Director of the Las Vegas Ronald McDonald House.

This is the 14th year Las Vegas Smith’s stores have supported the Ronald McDonald House annual food drive, which stocks the shelves with non-perishable and frozen food items, paper products such as toilet paper and napkins, and cleaning supplies. In 2014, we received more than 40,000 lbs. of food and more than $14,000 in cash donations!

The Ronald McDonald House of Greater Las Vegas provides a “home away from home” for families who must travel to Las Vegas to receive critical medical treatment for their children. These families face great hardship while their children undergo hospitalization or out-patient care for serious illness or trauma, and the Ronald McDonald House offers a place of comfort and support while they’re away from home.

MEDIA ARE INVITED to visit these key Smith’s locations, 10 am – 2 pm:

4600 E Sunset Rd/Mt. Vista

2211 N Rampart Blvd./Lake Mead

2385 E Windmill Ln./Eastern

MEDIA ARE INVITED to see the pantry shelves filling at Ronald McDonald House, 1 – 3 pm:

2323 Potosi Street, near Decatur/Sahara intersection, north of Sahara

Call for Interviews with:

Alyson McCarthy, RMHC of Greater Las Vegas Executive Director

Bob Day, Smith’s Food and Drug Human Resource Coordinator and RMHC volunteer

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