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Three Square Food Bank Gets Uncork'd

I saved the final post Tasting Las Vegas is going to do about the 2010 Vegas Uncork’d festivities for what I felt was the most important.  Before the masses flocked to Caesars Palace to gorge at the Grand Tasting, and before the top of a champagne bottle was sabred off like Darth Vader did to his boy’s hand, a large group of chefs went to the Three Square Food Bank to learn about the great work they do there and to also lend a helping hand.

Vegas Uncork'd Chefs Visit Three Square (photo by: Kevin Stout)

Vegas Uncork'd Chefs Visit Three Square (photo by: Kevin Stout)

Three Square is a non-profit organization that provides baked goods, produce, dairy, non-perishable products and ready-to-eat meals to other non-profits as well as faith-based organizations.  Through programs such as “Backpacks for Kids” which provides food to Clark County School District children that are unable to get adequate food over the weekends and “Neighbors for Nutrition,” which helps the kids get the food they need during the summer when school is out, Three Square is one of the most important and treasured charitable groups in the Las Vegas valley.

The USDA estimates that 10.5% of Nevada residents suffer from “food insecurity,” meaning they struggle with hunger.  What is even more startling, is that 1 out of every 5 children in Nevada live in these food insecure households, meaning both their physical and mental development could be inhibited. Nearly 150,000 students in the Clark County School District are in need of free or reduced-priced lunches.  The CCSD also estimates that about 4,800 students are homeless.  These children are in desperate need of assistance, and that is where Three Square comes to the rescue.

In December of 2007, the 50,000 square foot Three Square Food Bank opened with an additional 70,000 square foot facility opening next to it in May of 2008.  Last year, Three Square distributed over 17.4 million pounds of food, feeding over 214,000 people!  It’s through generous grants by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, the Lincy Foundation and of course the hard work and generosity of hundreds of dedicated private donors, staff and volunteers that allow Three Square to touch the lives of so many.  Three Square is also the charitable organization that Chef Rick Moonen of RM Seafood is representing on this season of Top Chef Masters, not only directly benefiting with a few wins under his belt, but giving it the national attention this great organization deserves.

On Thursday May 6th, chefs from many of Las Vegas’ finest restaurants visited Three Square.  The Official Photographer of Tasting Las Vegas, Kevin Stout, was on hand and took some great photos of the event.  The following are a mix of Kevin’s fine photos and a few of my quick iPhone disasters.  To find out what you can do to help with Three Square, visit their website at http://ThreeSquare.org and follow them on Twitter at @ThreeSquareLV.  Enjoy!

Three Square Food Bank

Three Square Food Bank

Chefs Assemble to Learn About Three Square

Chefs Assemble to Learn About Three Square

Three Square President & CEO, Julie Murray, Greets the Chefs

Three Square President & CEO, Julie Murray, Greets the Chefs (photo by: Kevin Stout)

Chefs tour Dry Goods Warehouse at Three Square

Chefs tour Dry Goods Warehouse at Three Square

Worker at Three Square Explains the Dry Goods Sorting Process (photo by: Kevin Stout)

Worker at Three Square Explains the Dry Goods Sorting Process (photo by: Kevin Stout)

Chefs Inspecting and Sorting Dry and Canned Goods at Three Square (photo by: Kevin Stout)

Chefs Inspecting and Sorting Dry and Canned Goods at Three Square (photo by: Kevin Stout)

Frank Pellegrino Inspecting a Can of SpaghettiO's at Three Square

Frank Pellegrino Inspecting a Can of SpaghettiO's at Three Square

Pack O' Crackers at Three Square Food Bank (photo by: Kevin Stout)

Pack O' Crackers at Three Square Food Bank (photo by: Kevin Stout)

Three Square Volunteer Explains the Tricks of the Trade (photo by: Kevin Stout)

Three Square Volunteer Explains the Tricks of the Trade (photo by: Kevin Stout)

Chef Carla Pellegrino Meets Chef Boyardee at the Three Square Food Bank (photo by: Kevin Stout)

Chef Carla Pellegrino Meets Chef Boyardee at the Three Square Food Bank (photo by: Kevin Stout)

Chefs Tour Kitchen Facilities at Three Square (photo by: Kevin Stout)

Chefs Tour Kitchen Facilities at Three Square (photo by: Kevin Stout)

Prepping Melon for Fruit Salad at Three Square (photo by: Kevin Stout)

Prepping Melon for Fruit Salad at Three Square (photo by: Kevin Stout)

Working the Meatloaf Sandwich Line at Three Square (photo by: Kevin Stout)

Working the Meatloaf Sandwich Line at Three Square (photo by: Kevin Stout)

Chef Martin Heierling of Silk Road and Sensi explaining what’s happening with the sandwiches:

Fruit Cups Ready for Meal Boxes at Three Square Food Bank (photo by: Kevin Stout)

Fruit Cups Ready for Meal Boxes at Three Square Food Bank (photo by: Kevin Stout)

Chefs Boxing Up Meals for Kids at Three Square Food Bank (photo by: Kevin Stout)

Chefs Boxing Up Meals for Kids at Three Square Food Bank (photo by: Kevin Stout)

One Last Moment of Inspiration Before Exiting the Three Square Facilities

One Last Moment of Inspiration Before Exiting the Three Square Facilities

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Three Square Food Bank

4190 N. Pecos Rd.
Las Vegas, NV 89115

(702) 644-FOOD (3663)

http://ThreeSquare.org

Follow Three Square on Twitter at @ThreeSquareLV

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Mike Dobranski is a professional musician, amateur blogger, eater of good food, poker junkie, master of the inappropriate comment and bad husband to a wonderful wife.

Follow Mike and Tasting Las Vegas on Twitter at @TastingLasVegas.

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