Surplus Banquet Food Program

When you visit Three Square, you will surely feel the presence of MGM Resorts International. MGM Resorts is recognized throughout the food bank for their long-standing commitment to Three Square’s mission. Food insecurity is one of the most serious public health challenges in the United States, according to statistics from the United States Department of Agriculture. In the United States, one in nine people struggles with hunger. More than 272,000 people struggle with hunger in Southern Nevada, including more than 102,000 children.

As an initial funder, MGM Resorts has been an instrumental partner to Three Square since our inception and now they are taking their dedication to the next level. Since then, MGM Resorts has donated more than 2.7 million meals through food drives and their employees have volunteered 54,193 hours to help Three Square build programs, such as the Summer Backpack for Kids Program, which has provided 127,000 meals to children in the community since 2016.

In 2016, we expanded our partnership with a new standardized program for safe collection, preservation and service of surplus banquet food that will help reduce hunger in Southern Nevada. By announcing a two year grant of $768,000 from MGM Resorts, with an initial grant in 2018 of $286,000 to help build the core infrastructure to expand the program to include an innovative food donation process that combats food waste and food insecurity at scale by collecting and preserving unserved, untouched event food from MGM Resorts. The surplus banquet food program consists of the collection of prepared but unserved hot, surplus banquet food from MGM Resorts' properties. Three Square freezes the food through blast-chilling technology, then stores it until a community need arises. This gives hunger relief agencies the ability to order prepared entrees and menu items from Three Square, incorporating them into their ongoing meal planning. MGM Resorts and Three Square have developed standard operating procedures to ensure the safe, consistent and replicable collection of surplus banquet food. Over the next few months, those best practices will be available to others, in hopes of inspiring similar action across the hospitality industry.

In 2018, MGM Resort’s five major convention resorts participated in the program, rescuing over 279,000 meals, bringing our total number of meals donated through the new process to 1,000,000 meals since the program’s inception in 2016. We have ambitious aspirations with a goal of donating 5 million meals by 2025. To learn more about this program, please visit MGMResorts.com.

Meet Up and Eat Up

During the summer, thousands of meals are served to kids through the Meet Up and Eat Up Program to help ensure their hunger doesn’t begin when the school year ends.

Meet Up and Eat Up provides nutritious meals to children 18 years of age and younger in low-income areas during the summer. The program ensures that children have access to nutritious meals during their school vacations when free and reduced meals are not available. Meet Up and Eat Up encompasses the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and BackPack for Kids.

During the school year, more than 65% of Clark County School District students are eligible to receive free or reduced priced meals, which equates to more than 213,000 students. Every summer when school ends, thousands of kids are at risk of going hungry in Southern Nevada. Funded in part by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered by Nevada’s Department of Agriculture, Meet Up and Eat Up bridges the gap, ensuring that children do not go hungry over the summer and will return to school energetic and ready to learn.

Meet Up and Eat Up is offered at more than 100 locations across the valley. Locations include parks and recreation centers, Boys and Girls Clubs, libraries, day camps, and apartment complexes. The menu includes 20 rotating meal varieties and sites may offer breakfast, lunch or both.

Thanks to a partnership with Share our Strength, Three Square launched its first mobile meal distribution. Using refrigerated vans, Three Square is able to provide meals at 18 apartment complexes on two routes reaching more than 700 additional kids per day.

With the help of volunteers and partners, Three Square will pack more than 35,000 summer meals between Monday and Friday each week during the summer.


Importance of Childhood Nutrition

  • Inadequate nutrition in childhood has been shown to have a debilitating effect on a child’s cognitive function, often leading to underperformance in school and lower academic achievement.
  • Children who grow up in families below 185% of the federal poverty level and who live in hungry and/or food insecure homes suffer from two to four times as many health problems as their counterparts who do not experience hunger.
  • Children between the ages of five and seven, living in food insecure households have nearly three times the odds of stunted growth.

Three Square is an equal opportunity employer and provider. For more information, please refer to the USDA nondiscrimination statement.

BackPack for Kids

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Three Square has joined forces with numerous community partners to provide bags of nutritious, single-serving, ready-to-eat food items each Friday during the school year to children who might otherwise go without during weekends and long breaks from school.

BackPack for Kids is now being offered during the summer months to continue to support childhood nutrition year round. Thousands of children are eligible for free and reduced price meals through the Clark County School District. When the school bell rings on Friday, many of these children go hungry until school resumes on Monday morning.

This program is one of several under Three Square’s umbrella of childhood nutrition programs. Each bag contains items to provide kids with ready-to-eat meals during the weekend. Items may include granola bars, crackers, pudding, cereal, shelf-stable milk, fruit juice boxes and two entrees.


Importance of Childhood Nutrition

  • Inadequate nutrition in childhood has been shown to have a debilitating effect on a child’s cognitive function, often leading to underperformance in school and lower academic achievement.
  • Children who grow up in families below 185% of the federal poverty level and who live in food-insecure homes suffer from two to four times as many health problems as their counterparts who do not experience hunger.
  • Children between the ages of five and seven who live in food-insecure households are nearly three times as likely to experience stunted growth and development.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider. For more information, contact Three Square at (702) 644-3663 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Kids Cafe

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Kids Cafe® is a program of Feeding America, designed to ensure children without access to regular nutrition receive a healthy meal after school. It is one of the nation’s largest charitable meal service programs, providing free prepared food and nutrition education to hungry children in a safe environment.


Three Square’s Kid Cafe® Program

Three Square collaborates with multiple community partners including after-school enrichment programs, the Clark County School District and the Nevada Department of Agriculture to provide nutritious meals to children in need through the USDA’s Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).


Importance of Childhood Nutrition

  • Inadequate nutrition in childhood has been shown to have a debilitating effect on a child’s cognitive function, often leading to underperformance in school and lower academic achievement.
  • Children who grow up in families below 185% of the federal poverty level and who live in food-insecure homes suffer from two to four times as many health problems as their counterparts who do not experience hunger.
  • Children between the ages of five and seven who live in food-insecure households are nearly three times as likely to experience stunted growth and development.

Three Square is an equal opportunity employer and provider. For more information, please refer to the USDA nondiscrimination statement.

Food Rescue and Distribution

Food Rescue Three Square Food Bank

Three Square works with approximately 291 retail partners to rescue food that may otherwise go to waste.

In 2018, Three Square sourced more than 17 million pounds of food from retailers and immediately delivered it to non-profits and faith-based organizations that distribute food on the front lines. That is equivalent to more than 14 million meals.


Food Partners

If you are a retailer and want to find out how you can join the fight to end hunger, please reach out to Maurice Johnson at (702) 644-3663 ext. 366 or mjohnson@threesquare.org.


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