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Three Major Local Nonprofits To Provide Meals for 3,000-plus Attendees of Project Homeless Connect
Published on Fri, Nov 15, 2013 (7:29 a.m.)Las Vegas – November 15, 2013 – As part of their commitment to the community, Three Square Food Bank, the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas, and Catholic Charities are collaborating to provide lunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for an expected 3,000 attendees of Project Homeless Connect, a service and resource fair for the homeless and low income to be held on November 19 at Cashman Center. More than 70 staff members and students from the three organizations will prepare and serve the meal of medallions of pork tenderloin with ancho barbeque sauce, wild rice primavera, corn a la Veracruz, and carrot cake with dinner rolls and soda. Altogether, the organizations, which have been strong supporters of this event for several years, are donating more than $10,000 worth of goods and services.
“We are so proud to have partners like Catholic Charities and the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas, who help us serve our mission of providing wholesome food to hungry people in our community,” said President and CEO of Three Square Food Bank Brian Burton. “There is nothing more rewarding than seeing so many people come together to do something for people who are less fortunate than us, especially during such a special time of year. It is collaboration such as this one that truly demonstrates that together, we can feed everyone.”
“I am humbled and grateful that together with Three Square and the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas, we can continue our mission of giving help and hope to the most vulnerable members of our community, “ said President and CEO of Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada Deacon Thomas A. Roberts. “This partnership allows our agencies to more effectively serve a greater number of people together than any one of us could on our own toward the success of this event.”
“We’re pleased to have this opportunity to work with our community partners in support of the Academy’s vision of reducing poverty and unemployment,” said Culinary Academy of Las Vegas CEO Chris Fava. “Our employees and students look forward to this event every year as a great way to support those in need.”
Project Homeless Connect (PHC) aims to break down barriers to housing and self-sufficiency by helping with shelter, health care, legal issues, job readiness, food and behavioral health. PHC includes more than 100 service providers and 700 community volunteers, who serve more than 3,000 individuals per event. The event focuses on serving not only those who are currently homeless but also those at risk of homelessness.
More than 350 volunteers are still needed for a variety of tasks, including checking-in and escorting homeless individuals around Project Homeless Connect. Volunteers will be asked to arrive by 7 a.m. at the Cashman Center (850 N. Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas) and stay until 4 p.m. but may spend a half-day at the event. For more information about volunteering at Project Homeless Connect call (702) 892-2300 or visit www.NevadaHomelessAlliance.org.
Project Homeless Connect is coordinated by the Nevada Homeless Alliance in partnership with the SNRPC Committee on Homelessness’ Regional Initiatives Office. The event is also supported by Clark County and the cities of Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Henderson and Boulder City, and the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Wells Fargo Charitable Foundation, MGM Resorts International, NV Energy, St. Jude’s Women’s Auxiliary, Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada, and others. Event participants are expected to include the Clark County Social Service Department, the City of Las Vegas, Las Vegas, and North Las Vegas courts, emergency shelter and housing providers, Nevada Health Centers, employment training agencies, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, street outreach service providers, state welfare and mental health agencies, the Veterans Administration, faith-based groups, and various social service providers.
About Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada
Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada is one of the largest nonprofit social service providers in the state. CCSN offers over 20 diverse services designed to help people of all ages regardless of race, religion, or creed. For more information about Catholic Charities please visit: http://www.catholiccharities.com/ Connect with CCSN on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Catholic-Charities-of-Southern-Nevada/85125746703 and Twitter: @CathCharitiesLV
About Culinary Academy of Las Vegas
Founded in 1993, the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas, the country’s leading nonprofit culinary and hospitality training institute, was developed through a joint labor-management trust representing private sector employers, the Culinary Union Local 226 and the Bartenders Union Local 165. The Academy is licensed by the Nevada Commission on Post-Secondary Education and trains several thousand students each year for participating employers in the hospitality industry. Offerings include a 50-seat bistro-style restaurant, Westside Bistro, and a 400-seat banquet and events center located at the 710 West Lake Mead Blvd. campus. The Academy is a caterer for The Smith Center for the Performing Arts and operator of the cafe and catering services at Springs Preserve. Culinary Academy of Las Vegas is an equal opportunity employer/program. For more information, call 702.924.2100 or visit www.theculinaryacademy.org. Stay up to date on happenings on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube.
About Three Square Food Bank
Established in 2007 to provide hunger relief, Three Square Food Bank offers wholesome, nutritious food to non-profit and faith-based organizations, schools and feeding sites that serve a wide range of Southern Nevadans. A national model project inspired by Eric Hilton with a grant provided by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Three Square is a community collaborative partnership with businesses, non-profit agencies, food distributors, higher education institutions, the Clark County School District, governmental entities, the media and thousands of volunteers to efficiently and effectively serve hope to those in our community struggling with hunger. Three Square currently provides more than 24.5 million pounds of food and grocery product – the equivalent of more than 18.8 million meals – per year to nearly 600 Program Partners. Three Square is a member of the Feeding America network of food banks. For additional information visit www.threesquare.org. For the latest news and events on Three Square, visit www.facebook.com/ThreeSquareFoodBank and follow them on Instagram (@threesquarelv) as well as Twitter (@threesquarelv).