Clark County, Nevada encompasses the cities of Las Vegas and North Las Vegas — as well as St. Viator Parish and School, and Cristo Rey St. Viator. More strikingly, it is also home to approximately 98% of the total food-insecure population in Southern Nevada.
Last week, a group of students at Cristo Rey St. Viator worked to make more food accessible, when they volunteered at Three Square, the largest food service network in southern Nevada. Working with other volunteers they helped pack 6,200 pounds of donated food into boxes for families throughout Southern Nevada.
Associate Deborah Perez, who coordinates the Corporate Work Study Program at the school, said she likes the hands-on experience students gain in serving those in need, right around them.
“We consider our volunteer work to be an integral part of our mission,” she says “to encourage our students to become men and women of faith, purpose and service.”
Cristo Rey St. Viator also serves as one of the 46 locations for The Just One Project and its series of pop-up, mobile food distribution sites. The distributions take place every month and serve the most food insecure communities in Southern Nevada. Campus Ministry officials at the school coordinate students wanting to volunteer at these events.
Three Square has been serving the area since 2007, with its mission to feed hungry families in Lincoln, Nye, Esmeralda and Clark counties.
Through its network of agency partners, Three Square and its food distribution programs feed more than 100,000 men, women, children and seniors at risk of hunger — each month. Of those, nearly 40 percent are children, officials say.
During its 2021–2022 fiscal year alone, the agency and its partners distributed more than 42 million meals, or he equivalent of more than 51 million pounds of food and grocery products.
Its tagline is: “Together, we can feed everyone.”