Holiday meal distribution this weekend

Elks and supporters take a celebratory photo after delivering more than 300 food parcels in Douglas and South Lake Tahoe.

Elks and supporters take a celebratory photo after delivering more than 300 food parcels in Douglas and South Lake Tahoe.


Local service organization Reach for Joy is offering a free Christmas meal distribution Saturday in the High Sierra Fellowship parking lot, 1250 Gilman Ave., Gardnerville. Anyone experiencing food insecurity is welcome at the event, and meals will be available on a first-come, first-served basis from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The fresh Christmas dinners include a turkey or ham, salad, rolls, fruit, and pie. This annual event is intended to “bless the community with abundance and holiday spirit,” said Reach for Joy Team Leader Kara Miller.

Last year, Reach for Joy provided 890 holiday meals to individuals, service organizations, and agencies throughout the Carson Valley. Their 2021 goal aims to top 1,000 meals delivered; several of this year’s recipients include the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Good Neighbor Program, China Spring Youth Camp, and City of Refuge.

This meal distribution is made possible through the support and generosity of local businesses, private donors, and many volunteers. Miller said every dollar received by Reach for Joy goes right back out into the community.

Questions about the event can be directed to High Sierra Fellowship at 775-782-7486. More information about Reach for Joy can be found online at

Elks Crab Feed returns

Don’t wait to make reservations for the Tahoe-Douglas Elks All-You-Can Eat Crab Feed, as this popular event always sells out early.

The 2022 crab feed is scheduled for Feb. 5 at the lodge, 1227 Kimmerling Road in the Gardnerville Ranchos. Social hour starts at 5 p.m. with dinner following at 6 p.m.

Donation is $60 per person and includes as much Dungeness crab as you can eat, large shrimp, clam chowder, salad, and garlic bread. Proceeds from the event benefit local programs that serve and support seniors, youth, and veterans.

Reservations are required and must be made by Jan. 29. Contact Jim Plamenig at 310-874-4655 or 775-267-9205 to secure a spot.

Elks deliver holiday food and cheer

On Dec. 11, the Elks concluded their 2021 food deliveries to seniors in the Carson Valley and South Lake Tahoe.

More than 300 food packages were distributed this year thanks to generous donations from the Tahoe-Douglas Elks Lodge and its members, the Northern Nevada Dream Center, Carson Valley Quilt Guild, and Raley’s. Elks members and spouses coordinated the deliveries.

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