Surplus Banquet Food Program

When you visit Three Square, you will surely feel the presence of MGM Resorts International. From the sight of their bright yellow volunteer shirts, to the volunteer room baring their name, MGM is recognized throughout the food bank for their long-standing commitment to Three Square’s mission.

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.

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. One in eight Americans is 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.

This new program, in which MGM Resorts donates surplus (prepared but unserved) hot banquet food to Three Square, 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. Over the next few months, those best practices will be available to others, in hopes of inspiring similar action across the hospitality industry.

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