News You Can Use: Three Square Food Bank

By Jodi Tyson
Vice President of Strategic Initiatives
Three Square

Hunger is a serious problem in our community. One in eight people struggles with food insecurity in Southern Nevada —that is more than 272,000 people who aren’t sure where their next meal is coming from. As Southern Nevada’s only food bank, Three Square’s mission is to provide wholesome food to hungry people, while passionately pursuing a hunger-free community. 

A Safety Net

Last year alone, Three Square distributed more than 41 million meals across Southern Nevada, which is the equivalent of more than 50 million pounds of food and grocery product. With a service network of community partners, such as the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District, Three Square reaches more than 164,000 hungry people each month.

Libraries are part of the safety net where librarians and community services come together to assist people efficiently. Whether local residents are in need of food, books, computers, or information about other social services, libraries are where they can learn, explore, and connect. Three Square is proud to participate in the Library District’s comprehensive community partnerships. Together we are feeding minds, bodies, and human spirits.

Get Resources

Three Square collaborates with the Library District to feed families and individuals through mobile pantry distributions. Each week, our food trucks visit various libraries across the valley to provide non-perishable food items, fresh produce, and snacks to those in need. It’s easy to get help. Simply call the Three Square Call Center at 702.765.4030 for more information.

Three Square also offers several childhood nutrition programs through the Library District to help provide food assistance to children. Inadequate nutrition in childhood has been shown to have a debilitating effect on a child’s cognitive function, often leading to lower academic achievement.

With nearly 70 percent of Clark County School District (CCSD) students relying on free or reduced-price meals, Three Square ensures these children have access to healthy meals at their libraries. The Kids Cafe® and Meet Up and Eat Up programs provide meals for children

after school, on weekends, and during winter and summer breaks.

Get Involved

Food drives are an important part of a food bank, and Three Square always needs items that are high in protein, such as canned meats and tuna.

The Library District’s Food For Thought drive in April is a great opportunity to reduce your library fees while helping to feed the hungry. To learn how donating food at the library can reduce your late fees, see page 22.

If you are searching for a fun and rewarding experience, Three Square welcomes both individuals and groups to visit the food bank and help to pursue a hunger-free community.

To learn more about Three Square and how to get involved, you can visit us at ThreeSquare.org. If you or someone you know is in need of assistance, you may contact the Three Square Call Center at 702.765.4030 or visit ThreeSquare.org.

Mobile Pantry Distribution

Call the Three Square Call Center at 702.765.4030 to register.

Clark County Library

            Registration: Mon., 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

            Distribution: Tue. at 10:15 a.m.

Sunrise Library

            Registration: Tue., 9 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

            Distribution: Wed. at 10:15 a.m.

Whitney Library

            Registration: Wed., 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

            Distribution: Thu. at 10:15 a.m.

East Las Vegas Library

            Registration: Thu., 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

            Distribution: Fri. at 10:15 a.m.

Windmill Library

            Registration: Thu., 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

            Distribution: Fri. at 11 a.m.

Enterprise Library

            Registration: None required

            Distribution: Mon., 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Childhood Nutrition Programs

Clark County Library

            Mon. – Sat., 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Indian Springs Library

            Tue. –  Thu., 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

            Sat., 12 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Searchlight Library

            Tue., Wed., & Thu. , 2:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Spring Valley Library

            Mon. – Sun., 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Whitney Library

            Mon. – Fri., 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.

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