More than 250,000 Clark County residents don’t have access to food daily
HENDERSON, Nev. – In Clark County, Nev., more than 250,000 people struggle with having consistent access to food daily, and one in five children are at risk of hunger according to Adam Lowy, the executive director of Move for Hunger.
During April’s Move for Hunger drive, Henderson Libraries will join forces with Gold’s Gym and Move for Hunger to serve as a drop off location for the annual food drive. From April 1 to April 30 people from the community can donate canned goods and non-perishable food items at any of the six Henderson Libraries locations.
“Every day people throughout the valley are going hungry,” said Tom Fay, executive director for the Henderson Libraries. “As Henderson’s public library district, we felt we could make the biggest impact by serving as a drop off location for this much-needed service.”
Move for Hunger is a nonprofit organization that works with moving companies to pick up unwanted, unopened food from those who are relocating and deliver it to local food banks across the country. Move for Hunger works with more than 75 moving companies and has collected nearly 25,000 pounds of food. With the support of its founding partner Wheaton World Wide Moving, the organization is turning the average food drive into one of the nation’s largest, year-round service programs.
This year’s Move for Hunger food drive in Clark County will benefit Three Square. Three Square was established to end hunger in the valley by providing wholesome, nutritious food to nonprofit organizations that serve a wide range of Southern Nevadans in need. It is a community collaborative partnership with the gaming industry, businesses, nonprofit groups, food distributors, UNLV, CCSD, governmental entities, the media and hundreds of local volunteers. Three Square currently provides 17 million pounds of food per year to more than 280 nonprofit and faith-based organizations, 195 schools and multiple food service sites.
“Not only is the lack of food a problem for many families, but there are students in the Clark County School District that only eat when a meal is provided for them at school,” Fay said. “Many of us have extra cans of soup or boxes of macaroni and cheese sitting in our pantries at home that will go unnoticed, but could make a huge difference in someone’s life when we all combine our resources.”
Along with the six Henderson Libraries locations, which can be found at www.mypubliclibrary.com, six Gold’s Gym locations throughout the Las Vegas Valley are also acting as drop off sites. For more information visit www.moveforhunger.com.
Established in 1943 as a single library in Downtown Henderson, Henderson Libraries operates six locations throughout Henderson. Henderson Libraries cooperates with other public libraries in Southern Nevada, the Nevada System of Higher Education, the Clark County School District and all other libraries around the state to provide quality service for Nevada’s residents.
For more information on Henderson Libraries and its many services and resources, visit www.mypubliclibrary.com or call 702-492-6581.