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).