Written by: Rachel Shiffrin
Date: Wednesday, February 5, 2020

This month's column was written by Three Square supporter, Rachel Shiffrin.

At the beginning of each new year, my husband David and I like to reflect on joys from the previous year and hopes for the coming year. We are so lucky, of course, that sustenance is not on either list. For too many people in our community, basic needs like having enough food are pressing hopes.

Date: Tuesday, September 24, 2019

If you have ever visited Three Square, you may have noticed a Margaret Mead quote above our Demonstration Kitchen: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." It is a reminder for us at Three Square that we simply cannot do what we do without collaboration from our community partners. Fortunately, we operate in a city that is home to generous individuals, families and corporations who relate to our mission and recognize that they too can join us in the fight to end hunger.

Written by: Kate McLaughlin
Date: Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Las Vegas is a 24-hour town, but even the Strip quiets down in the hours just before dawn, which is when things start picking up on the docks at Three Square Food Bank. By the time I arrive at 5:00 a.m., half a dozen drivers have already hit the streets heading out to deliver to our agency partners in Pahrump or Laughlin, collecting donations at grocery stores throughout the valley, bringing produce and SNAP to food deserts, and delivering meals and weekend food bags to schools. In the next hour or two, they'll be followed by almost two dozen other drivers. It's a whirlwind of activity as drivers rush to check invoices, ensuring they have enough milks and snacks for their sites, tracking down missing pallets, and confirming they have the supplies they need to complete their day. And then, they're gone, crisscrossing the Vegas Valley, easing food insecurity with every stop.

Written by Ashanti Lewis
Date: Monday, August 5, 2019

On May 23, 2019, Senate Bill 178 (SB 178) was signed by the Governor of Nevada, Steve Sisolak. SB 178 enjoyed a very successful run during the 80th Legislative Session. In fact, the bill received unanimous support from both sides of the political aisle as evident in the Assembly and Senate final votes/passage. 

Written by Larry Scott
Date: Wednesday, July 31, 2019

What is the formula for happiness? I believe it is asking yourself these questions at the end of each day: 

1. Have I done any good in the world today? 

2. Have I helped anyone in need? 

Written by Jodi Tyson
Date: Friday, July 5, 2019

On June 3, 2019, at 9:00 p.m., three hours before the 80th Nevada Legislative Session adjourned, Senate Bill 443 (SB443) passed unanimously. This funding bill increases the reimbursement for sponsors of congregate meals for older adults (age 60 years or older) by $1 per meal, the first increase since 2001. Three Square Food Bank's Government Affairs team and our network of agencies working to address gaps through our Senior Hunger Program advocated tirelessly for this modest increase, and they cheered joyfully upon its passage.

Written by Perry Rockwood
Date: Monday, July 1, 2019

Growing up I never realized the significance and necessity of food. Each morning, afternoon and evening my mother would call out my name and say, "It's time to eat!" Eventually, I would make my way to the kitchen. The meal was always on the table, beautifully prepared and ready to be eaten. This was normal daily life for me. I saw it as an expectation rather than a blessing. To say the least, I was entitled, uneducated and simply ungrateful.

Written by LeAnne Notabartolo
Date: Wednesday, June 5, 2019

LeAnne Notabartolo's love for food and community outreach led her to become an advocate for hunger. She shares with us how Las Vegas Restaurant Week is an opportunity for both food lovers and restaurants to make a difference.

Written by Ashanti Lewis
Date: Wednesday, May 29, 2019

In the United States, more than one-third of food is wasted or not consumed, posing a significant social and environmental issue.

Written by Evan Green
Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Before they called Las Vegas home, Evan and Layla Green often visited as tourists and delighted in dining at fine restaurants the Las Vegas Valley offered. As residents, they learned that beyond the dazzling lights of The Strip there were children who didn't know when they would receive their next meal. Evan and Layla were driven to find a way to be part of the solution to childhood hunger; LVIP Dining was the answer. Evan shares with us the concept of LVIP Dining and why he and his wife are helping us fight childhood hunger.

Date: Thursday, March 14, 2019

In celebration of Pi Day, our Executive Chef, Ryan Brown, whipped up a hearty Shepherd's Pi(e). Try Chef's take on this classic comfort dish in your kitchen.

Written by Jodi Tyson
Date: Tuesday, December 18, 2019

Nevada's legislative landscape is shaping up now that the mid-term elections are done, and Congressional and State Legislative calendars are set. Three Square's advocacy efforts are already well underway, having released our legislative agenda in February 2018. Since then, we have been refining language, gathering a coalition of support for our priorities, and meeting with candidates to build a foundational understanding of our policy priorities.

Contributed by Steve and Margie Wilkinson 
Date: Tuesday, November 20, 2018 

Steve and Margie Wilkinson are Giving Society members who have experienced being on the front lines of hunger. For nearly 20 years, the couple not only donated their time volunteering at a local food pantry, but they also witnessed families and individuals struggling with hunger.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Since 2015, employees at Barclays have been helping Three Square Food Bank "fill the plate" for Hunger Action Month each September through their company food drive. Their contributions to our community increase year after year, totaling more than 27,500 pounds of food donated to the food bank. Assistant Vice President of Community Relations, DeAndre Esteen, shared with us how Barclays is making a difference in our community and why he and his colleagues continue to step up to fill the plate.

Date: Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Tommy Bahama brought coastal flavors to a desert oasis in 2008. The restaurant has been a longtime partner and participant in the annual Las Vegas Restaurant Week — a 12-day culinary event dedicated to raising awareness for hunger and funds to support Three Square Food Bank's efforts to provide meals to Southern Nevadans in need. We reached out to Kevin Wantland, general manager of Tommy Bahama, to tell us more about his restaurant and why he and his team look forward to Restaurant Week.

Date: Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Volunteers are the heart and soul of Three Square Food Bank. Each week, thousands of selfless, caring individuals, families and groups donate their time to helping us move food out of our kitchen and warehouses and into the community. April is a time when we celebrate our volunteers for their dedication and hard work in helping us relieve hunger in Southern Nevada. We spoke with Volunteer Engagement Manager Mikell Goheen to learn more about her team, Three Square's volunteers, and the upcoming National Volunteer Appreciation Week.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Bank of America and Three Square Food Bank have been fighting hunger together for the past 10 years. Since 2008, Bank of America employees have volunteered thousands of hours and have donated the equivalent of more than 1.2 million meals. Al Welch, president of Bank of America, took a moment to speak with us on how his company is playing an active role in ending hunger.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Robison Middle School is Powered by Breakfast! The staff at Robison work together to make sure that kids have access to the first meal of the day through innovative breakfast delivery options, such as Second Chance Breakfast. Implementing the Second Chance Breakfast model is no easy feat, but Robison has been able to adapt the model to work for them. We spoke with Valencia A. Meyer, dean of students, to learn more about the challenges and rewards of incorporating a breakfast program into her school's daily routine.

Date: Thursday, February 1, 2018

Giving Society members Anthony and Amy Laws have been a part of Three Square's pursuit of a hunger-free community since 2010. The couple has generously contributed the equivalent of nearly 50,000 meals to our food-insecure neighbors. On top of that, Amy volunteers often with us and has donated more than 253 hours of her time to the fight to end hunger. Our volunteer department presented her last year with a volunteer appreciation award for her selfless devotion to serving our community. We interviewed Amy to delve into the reasons behind their passion for giving.

Date: Tuesday, January 23, 2018

If you've ever looked into the eyes of a hungry child, you know how painful it is. What's even more painful is knowing that there are nearly 110,000 chronically hungry kids right here in Southern Nevada.

Written by: Mikell Roberts
Friday, January 5, 2018

With the start of the New Year, we are all focusing on resolutions and how we can be our best selves this year. Whether you are working towards a new career, building new relationships or leading a healthy lifestyle, truthfully, setting goals like these and sticking to them is hard. What if I told you there was a way to work on ALL of these areas in your life, in addition to impacting your community and the lives of others?

Monday, November 20, 2017

Giving Society members Carolyn and Oneal Atkinson first learned about Three Square in 2010. Seven years later, they continue to volunteer and hold group gatherings at the food bank. In addition, their generous annual contributions equate to nearly 70,000 meals for the community. Our team sat down and spoke with Carolyn and Oneal to learn how they became interested in supporting our mission to pursue a hunger-free community.

Date: Thursday, October 19, 2017

Tim was born and raised in Las Vegas and has lived here his entire life. As a seventeen-year-old senior at Coronado High School, Tim is busy with classes, participating in extracurricular activities, and completing college applications. This past summer, he chose to spend his break interning with Three Square to learn more about the business side of the food bank, all while giving back to the community.

Written by: Tifani Walker
Date: Thursday, September 28, 2017

I pulled into the parking lot of the library on a sweltering August afternoon, enjoying my last few moments of air conditioning before opening my car door. As I walked across the asphalt, I noted a group of people gathered near the Three Square truck. They anxiously watched our drivers unload the day's offering – five-pound bags of hash browns, apples, pears, cases of water, and as a special treat, Oreos. Cookies and other sweets are rarely offered.

Date: Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Beyond the glittering lights of the glamorous resorts and casinos on the Las Vegas Strip, there are close to 300,000 men, women and children who do not always know where their next meal will come from.

Date: Monday, July 31, 2017

Chris Faber and Tony Doyle are members of Three Square's Giving Society and have been supporters of Three Square's mission since 2011. Over the course of six years, the couple has contributed the equivalent of more than 60,000 meals! We interviewed Chris and Tony to learn more about their passion to give back to the community.

Date: Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Nacho Daddy is a fun and whimsical brand on the surface, but community-focused at heart. The restaurant's founders Fred Mossler, Keith Glynn, Tony Hsieh and Paul Hymas found a meaningful way to give back to the Las Vegas community through the restaurant's, "Buy a Meal, Give a Meal" program. The program funds one meal for Three Square by using the food bank's metric of one dollar generating three meals.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Three Square's Programs Director, Dorian Stonebarger, appeared on NBC KSNV News 3 to share details about the Powered By Breakfast program that supports the efforts of CCSD schools in implementing "Breakfast After the Bell," and helping children succeed in school. Dorian discussed the outreach efforts designed to generate awareness for families that might not know about the program, which is sponsored by Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign.

Friday, March 17, 2017

In 2015, Three Square launched the "Powered by Breakfast" campaign to support the Clark County School District Food Service in implementing the Breakfast After the Bell Program. The program allows schools with a free and reduced-price lunch eligibility rate of 70 percent or greater to serve free breakfast to all their students.

Date: Thursday, February 23, 2017

You may see some of the letters and emails we share telling the story of what Three Square is doing and how you can help out. Our latest campaign features a little girl named Vivi (Vivienne) who has made a big impact in the fight against childhood hunger.

Date: Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Las Vegas is known for its amazing variety of restaurants, and world-class culinary professionals who offer a diverse dining experience. Although Las Vegas is one of the top culinary destinations in the world, we must acknowledge the more than 296,000 food insecure people who live here. They don't always know where their next meal is coming from, and that is a real problem.

Date: Friday, February 3, 2017

Sisters Claire and Charlotte decided to sell lemonade to help feed families during the holiday season. With the help of their family and friends, the two young entrepreneurs have raised nearly $600 for Three Square. Their lemonade sales not only quenched thirst, but also put 1,800 meals back into the community. We interviewed their mother, Lindsey, to learn more about her daughters and what inspired them to help others.

1$ = 6 Meals

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Three Square Food Bank (Three Square) is registered with the Secretary of State and qualified by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, and a member of Feeding America. Established in 2007, Three Square is Southern Nevada’s only food bank and the area’s largest hunger-relief organization. Our mission is to provide wholesome food to hungry people, while passionately pursuing a hunger-free community. Your charitable contribution to Three Square is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.