Ending hunger one meal at a time
MGM Resorts International has partnered with Three Square Food Bank on a new standardized program for safe collection, preservation and service of surplus banquet food that will help reduce hunger in Southern Nevada. 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 Southern Nevada, there are 1 in 8 people who are unable to meet their regular, nutritional needs to sustain a healthy life. More than 200,000 people struggle with hunger in Southern Nevada, including more than 100,000 children.
How the program works
MGM Resorts donates surplus (prepared but unserved) hot banquet food to Three Square, which is expected to provide 800,000 nutritious meals by 2020 to food-insecure people.
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. Those best practices will be available to others, in hopes of inspiring similar action across the hospitality industry.