Dignitaries, Local Influencers and Celebrities Prepare for the SNAP Experience January 27-31

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Dignitaries, Local Influencers and Celebrities Prepare for the SNAP Experience January 27-31


Three Square Food Bank, in partnership with AARP and Weight Watchers, presents the SNAP Experience January 27 through 31, designed to promote advocacy around the federally funded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps.

During the SNAP Experience notable dignitaries, influencers and celebrities will limit their food spending while attempting to eat healthy, balanced diets. Each person will spend no more than $18.55 total for five days – the amount designated to those enrolled in the SNAP program.

The SNAP program provides assistance to people struggling with food insecurity as a result of unemployment, underemployment and poverty. Nevada currently ranks among the lowest states in food assistance participation. More than 250,000 low-income Southern Nevadans rely on SNAP benefits, half of which are children. For those with questions about the SNAP program, benefits and application, Three Square offers assistance through the Three Square Center (702-765-4030).

SNAP Experience participants include CEO of Three Square Food Bank Brian Burton, City of Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman, City of North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee, City of Henderson Mayor Andy Hafen, City of Boulder City Mayor Roger Tobler, City of Mesquite Mayor Mark Wier, Rumor Hotel chef Steve Austin, director of business development for Weight Watchers Heather Avila, UFC Hall of Fame fighter Forrest Griffin, KTNV morning and mid-day news anchor Jessica Janner, KKLZ mid-day personality Terrie Springs, and VIEW Neighborhood Newspapers copy editor Lisa Valentine.

Featured participants will post daily blogs about the experience, meal choices, and well-being during the week at www.snapexperiencelv.org.

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 30 million pounds of food and grocery product – the equivalent of more than 25 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).


Block16 Hospitality Group Donates Proceeds from Special Menu Items to The Shade Tree

Las Vegas based hospitality group, Block16 commemorated the season of giving by donating all of the proceeds from Holsteins and LBS Burger’s limited-edition “Billy Burger” and Pink’s Hot Dogs bestselling “Chili Cheese Dog,” to The Shade Tree.

Block16 Hospitality’s corporate executive chef, Anthony Meidenbauer, proudly presented the $4,220 check, the result of a month long fundraiser at the three restaurant venues, to The Shade Tree’s director of development, DeAndre L. Esteen, Thursday morning on KTNV’s “The Morning Blend.”

Named after the owner of Block16, the holiday specialty “Billy Burger” featured a delicious juicy turkey burger topped with homemade stuffing, fresh cranberry-orange relish, tangy herb mayo and crisp fries and was a hit among customers who happily indulged in the delectable dinner dish, knowing they were helping the community.

The generous Block 16 donation will provide assistance to Nevada’s largest and only 24-hour shelter, The Shade Tree, which provides over 100,000 nights of shelter each year.  The Shade Tree offers abused women and children in crisis housing, meals, emotional and educational support, job placement and a variety of life skill classes.

Created in 2006 by local hospitality entrepreneurs Billy Richardson and Anthony Meidenbauer, Block16 Hospitality develops, manages and operates an impressive list of venues including Holsteins Shakes and Buns, LBS Burger, LBS Patty Wagon food truck, the Vegas outpost of Pink’s Hot Dogs and The Barrymore inside Royal Resort.  The company’s newest venture, Public House, located on Restaurant Row in The Venetian, will celebrate its highly anticipated opening on New Year’s Eve, Saturday, Dec. 31.

Chef Anthony Meidenbauer presents the “Perfect Burger” on KTNV’s “The Morning Blend.”


Chef Anthony Meidenbauer and Shade Tree’s DeAndre L. Esteen pose with Block16’s donation check.Block16 presents The Shade Tree with fundraiser donation check on KTNV’s “The Morning Blend.”
Block16 presents The Shade Tree with fundraiser donation check on KTNV’s “The Morning Blend.”