RISE and Dine

About the Project

RISE and Dine is a hands-on giving project that mirrors the true spirit of Reno. Three Saturdays a month, our team invites volunteers throughout the community to cook their favorite recipes, and together we serve dinner and distribute clothing to hundreds of locals without a home. With the help of our supporters, RISE feeds thousands of Reno’s most poverty-stricken throughout the year. Read our Frequently Asked Questions and watch us on KOLO 8 News!

The RISE and Dine project is a truly special do-it-yourself experience that allows you to connect with people and families in need. By volunteering or donating, YOU are bringing warmth and comfort to the men, women, and children who go to bed hungry in Reno.

Volunteer for RISE and Dine

Sign up to cook a large meal, side dish, dessert, or beverage with your friends and family and serve it with us at the Community Assistance Center (CAC). RISE and Dine happens every Saturday (except the second Saturday of each month) from 5:00pm – 6:00pm. Visit our volunteer sign up form below to view available dates. Large groups are welcome! Check out our previous volunteers!

The CAC is located at 335 Record Street, one block east of 4th Street and Evans. You will find us on the east side of the CAC parking lot.

“I want to look each person I serve in the eyes, and thank them and hopefully give them some dignity.  It is what I would hope someone would do for me.  We are all in this together.  It could be me on the other side of that table.”
— Susan Burns, volunteer

Scheduled Volunteers

Scroll the spreadsheet to see which dates and dishes are covered. Use this information to help you decide when to volunteer and what to bring!


Can’t volunteer with us on Saturdays? Click here to sign up to volunteer with LoKa Cares on Friday evenings! For more information about LoKa Cares, visit their Facebook page. And don’t forget to learn about the many other hunger relief efforts happening across Reno Sparks.


Community Assistance Center (CAC), 335 Record Street
RISE and Dine will be set up in the parking area of the CAC, located one block east of 4th and Evans behind the baseball stadium.


What Should You Bring?

In addition to the food you bring, please bring a serving utensil. Here are some examples of dishes:
Full plate

  • Entrees: hearty soup, casserole, burgers, hot dogs
  • Sides: salad, steamed or fried rice, homemade potato salad, hot biscuits
  • Desserts: crates of fruits, e.g. oranges, bananas, pears; batches of cookies, cupcakes, or brownies
  • Drinks: lemonade, hot chocolate, coffee

Also, keep in mind that many individuals suffer from health issues, so healthy dishes are always a great idea!

Technical Issues or Questions?

Contact info@renoinitiative.org if you have any questions or have trouble completing the sign-up form.