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Backpack Collection Drive July 13th at Reno's Food Truck Friday

EVENT: Operation Backpack Collection Drive at Food Truck Friday

DATE: Friday July 13, 2018 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Idlewild Park 2055 Idlewild Drive, Reno, NV 89509

14th Annual OPERATION BACKPACK® Campaign - Providing our area homeless and at-risk youth with school supplies

Thousands of children in the Reno area are homeless and return to school without the supplies they need.This impacts their education and their spirit. But YOU can make a difference. Join Volunteers of America’s Operation Backpack collection drive on Friday, July 13th during the Food Truck Friday event at Idlewild Park.Donate cash, a backpack, or school supplies and make a difference in the life of a homeless child. Idlewild Park is just west of downtown Reno, between Idlewild Drive and the Truckee River.

Operation Backpack will help kids in kindergarten through twelfth grade across Washoe County feel good to start their first day of school with a backpack full of supplies. This year’s goal is to collect 3,000 backpacks for Washoe County alone, and nearly 10,000 more for entire Northern California and Northern Nevada region.

Look for the Volunteers of America Operation Backpack tent and the Quick Space truck to drop-off backpacks and school supplies during the Food Truck Friday Reno Street Food event!

In addition to the collection drive at Food Truck Friday, nearly 20 other locations across the Reno area are serving as “drop-off locations” now through July 23rd including Bizarre Guitar, Caliber Hair and Make-up, Dickson Realty, Geodis, Keller Williams, Legal Match, North American Title, Remax Professionals and Great Basin Credit Union. Campaign partners include Reno Media Group, Reno Street Food, and Quick Space Storage. For more information, to make an online cash donation, or find all drop-off locations , visit OperationBackpackNCNN.org.

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ABOUT FOOD TRUCK FRIDAY Presented by Reno Street Food the Food Truck Friday events feature over 30 gourmet food, dessert and craft beer vendors at Idlewild Idlewild Park in Reno, NV 4:00 pm-9:00 pm every Friday through September 28, 2018.This annual summertime fun brings nightly attendance from 3,000 – 4,500 people and generates more than $1.85 million in gross vendor sales each season. Food Truck Friday also provides music, bathrooms, and wi-fi for vendors to allow credit card transactions. This is a family friendly atmosphere but is a pet-free event.For more informationcontact RenoStreetFood@gmail.com or call (775) 825-2665

About Volunteers of America Northern California and Northern Nevada Founded locally in 1911, the Northern California & Northern Nevada affiliate of Volunteers of America is one of the largest providers of social services in the region, and is the contracted operator of the Community Assistance Center which houses the men’s, women’s, and family shelters, Restart, Reno Works and the resource center; as well as two large affordable housing communities for seniors.Collectively Volunteers of America provides shelter or housing to nearly 1,800 men, women and children every night in Reno and Sacramento, and nationally, Volunteers of America helps more than 2.5 million people annually in more than 400 communities.

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