Three Square is pleased to release the 2014 Census: a report to community detailing the food needs of vulnerable populations in Southern Nevada, as well as the reach and impact of nutrition assistance services. Data in the Census is drilled down to the neighborhood level to examine need and service utilization. The Census marks the first major report on hunger and hunger-relief efforts in Southern Nevada in five years, and celebrates the fifth anniversary of food insecurity maps by ZIP code in the Greater Las Vegas Valley.
Together, We Can Feed Everyone Research Conference
Three Square is pleased to announced the “Together, We Can Feed Everyone” Research Conference in Las Vegas on May 18 & 19 in fabulous Las Vegas! Food banks, anti-hunger organizations, universities, and state departments are encouraged to submit their research for consideration. Presenters will have the opportunity to share their research with colleagues at the conference as well as have the opportunity to publish their research in a nationally recognized academic journal. Submissions are due by December 12, 2014. Click on the documents below for additional details and forms.
2015 Submission Guidelines
2015 Introduction Letter
2015 Submission Form
Mapping Hunger on a Local Level
The Three Square Food Bank and Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, released its most recent Map the Meal Gap study in summer of 2013. This study more accurately reflects who is truly hungry at the local community level by taking into consideration such factors as unemployment rate, federal food assistance eligibility rates and average cost of a meal.
Other key findings from this year's Map the Meal Gap study included:
- 15.7 percent – the percentage of the population in Clark County who are food insecure. Three Square’s service area also includes three rural counties: Esmeralda, Lincoln and Nye. Though the rural population is smaller, the food insecurity rate in each county ranges between 14.9-17.1%.
- 55.3 million – the number of meals needed each year to close the gap between the need for food and what is currently made available through federal nutrition programs and charitable organizations.
- $2.69 – the average price of a meal in Clark County. Rural communities in Nevada often have an even higher average meal cost than their urban counterparts. Three Square is the only food bank applying Map the Meal Gap to specific ZIP codes to better understand food insecurity at a netighborhood level. Five years of food insecurity maps are now available for the Greater Las Vegas Valley.
Three Square is the only food bank applying Map the Meal Gap to specific ZIP codes to better understand food insecurity at a netighborhood level. Five years of food insecurity maps are now available for the Greater Las Vegas Valley.
Hunger in America Report
Feeding America recently released it’s national Hunger in America Report as well as a local report in collaboration with Three Square, focusing largely on our network of 170 Agency Partners in Southern Nevada. This report examines the wide range of services provided to clients seeking food, and estimates of the annual impact of nutrition assistance.