The Issue: Food Insecurity in Southern Nevada
One in six people in southern Nevada regularly face food insecurity. This means that they don’t always know where their next meal will come from, or if it will come at all. Furthermore, according to Three Square Food Bank, more than half of all students in the Clark County School district are enrolled in a free or reduced lunch program, meaning that more than 182,000 students are impacted by poverty and hunger. Giving these people access to nutritious foods can supplement their grocery shopping and help children develop healthy bodies and minds.
The Campaign: Distributing Nutritious Meals
All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by Three Square Food Bank to feed hungry individuals in the Las Vegas area. For every $10 raised, Three Square Food Bank can distribute 30 nutritious meals—enough to feed one man, woman, child, or senior for more than a week. Through 1,300 community partners, including nonprofits, schools, and feeding sites, the food bank serves more than 137,000 people every month.
Three Square Food Bank
In 2013, more than 14,000 volunteers and a fleet of 20 trucks rescued and delivered more than 30 million pounds of food on behalf of Three Square Food Bank—the equivalent of more than 25 million meals. They delivered these to nonprofit organizations, schools, and faith-based organizations that maintain regular feeding programs. And they provide Kids Cafe meals, a Feeding America program, every week during the school year, distributing more than 8,000 meals per day. Three Square gathers everything from canned foods to surplus meats and produce from grocery outlets, then redistributes it to those who face food insecurity, working to ensure every person has regular access to a complete meal. By doing this, Three Square Food Bank strives toward its mission: "To provide wholesome food to hungry people, while passionately pursuing a hunger-free community."