LAS VEGAS – With a break from competition Sunday at the West Coast Conference Basketball Tournament, volunteers representing Gonzaga University, Brigham Young University and Loyola Marymount University found time to pack up boxes of food for the Three Square Food Bank.
Food Bank representatives estimate that 330,000 people in Southern Nevada are “hunger insecure,” which means they are unsure of the source of their next meals. Ninety-three cents of every dollar donated to the Three Square Food Bank goes toward its mission of erasing hunger in Southern Nevada.
The food bank distributes 30 million pounds of food each year thanks to 100,000 volunteer hours annually. The food bank’s kitchen creates some 24,000 cold lunches a year. Even so, 1 in 4 children in the area go hungry.
“Good things happen when the community comes together,” said Drew Rieder, assistant director of Alumni Chapters with the Gonzaga Alumni Association, which spearheaded the effort for the third consecutive year.