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Google Donated $150,000 to Three Square Food Bank and The Just One Project in Southern Nevada

Combined $150,000 donation from Google helps food bank further develop support programs through food.

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Three Square Food Bank, Nevada’s food bank in Southern Nevada and The Just One Project, Nevada’s largest mobile food pantry based in Southern Nevada, are expanding their food insecurity programs with the help of a combined $150,000 donation from Google.

Every day hundreds of thousands of people come to Google to search for information on food assistance. Between Thanksgiving and New Year, searches for food banks and pantries spike on Google. In fact, for more than a decade, search interest on Google for “food bank” and “food pantry” queries spikes by 30-50% every November.

Three Square and The Just One Project cater to individuals, families, children, elderly, and veterans who do not have access to quality and nutritious food. Three Square’s Food Rescue and Distribution program—sourcing food from grocery stores—helps alleviate not only food insecurity but also food waste. In fiscal year 2021, they rescued more than 13.75 million pounds of food from retail locations.

“It’s amazing to see the lives these organizations have impacted here in Southern Nevada,” said Kate Franko, Google’s Regional Head of Public Affairs. “With so much food going to waste every year, we are proud to support Three Square and The Just One project, – organizations that are bringing food that would otherwise go to waste to those who need it the most.”

“One in six Southern Nevadans struggle with hunger, that’s nearly 364,000 people in our community who don’t know where their next meal is coming from, including more than 131,000 children,” said Three Square President and CEO Brian Burton. “Google’s generous support will allow us to continue working alongside partners like The Just One Project in pursuit of a hunger-free community.”

The Just One Project has a variety of programs to lower food insecurity in Southern Nevada, including Pop Up & Give, a Mobile Food Market that provides groceries in neighborhoods with high food insecurity rates. The Just One Project is primarily known for its Food For All Program, which focuses on removing the barriers preventing residents of Southern Nevada from accessing fresh and nutritious groceries.

“We know that it’s hard for families to reach out for help and access services,” said Brooke Neubauer, Founder and CEO of The Just One Project. “Client experience is so important to us. We think about how our clients feel before they meet us, and we want them to feel well supported by our programs, knowing this is a safe space.”

Google’s donation will be used to expand Three Square’s childhood nutrition programs and bolster food distributions organized through The Just One Project. This will enable each organization to provide even more food—one of life’s most basic essentials—to families and individuals throughout Southern Nevada.

About Google in Nevada

In July 2019, Google broke ground on its first $600 million data center in Henderson, Nevada, with a second $600 million expansion following in 2020. In 2020 Google also announced a new $600 million investment in Storey County, bringing its total investment in Nevada to $1.8 billion. Once fully operational, all sites will employ people in a variety of fields including computer technicians, engineers, and various service, maintenance, and security role.

Source: The Abbi Agency

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