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Three Square Food Bank Ensures Summer Meals for CCSD Students in Need

LAS VEGAS (May 30, 2022) — Three Square Food Bank and its program partners will continue providing food to children who rely on free and reduced-price lunch during the regular school year. From May 31 through Aug. 5, the “Meet Up and Eat Up” program will supply free, nutritious summer meals to those children in need despite the summer break. Meet Up and Eat Up encompasses the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).

With a significant number of families still struggling to put food on their tables, thousands of Clark County School District (CCSD) students continue to rely on free or reduced-price meals. Every summer when school ends, these kids are at risk of being food insecure. Currently, one in four children live in a food-insecure household. Funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered by Nevada’s Department of Agriculture, Meet Up and Eat Up bridges the gap to prevent childhood hunger during the summer months.

“Unfortunately for too many kids in our community, summer isn’t a carefree vacation, but rather a hiatus from their only source of dependable nutrition and nourishment,” said Lisa Segler, PhD, Director of Strategic Initiatives at Three Square Food Bank. “With the help of our community partners, we’ll work to make sure that access to meals is easily available so that children are able to sustain during the summer break and continue their healthy development.”

Meet Up and Eat Up sites offer free, nutritious meals for children 18 years of age or younger across the valley. Locations include parks and recreation centers, Boys & Girls Clubs, libraries, day camps and apartment complexes. Three Square will also provide meals to apartment complexes using refrigerated vans to reach kids near home. The menu includes 20 rotating meal varieties and sites may offer breakfast, lunch or both. Meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Meals will be provided, on a first come, first served basis. With the help of volunteers and partners, Three Square will pack approximately 35,000 summer meals between Monday and Friday each week during the summer.

For a comprehensive list of locations, please visit freesummerfood.org.

 

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Three Square Food Bank, 702.644.3663

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To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (AD-3027), found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992.

 

Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410

(2) Fax: (202) 690-7442; or

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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.