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THREE SQUARE

Together, we can feed everyone

aka Three Square Food Bank   |   Las Vegas, NV   |  http://threesquare.org

Mission

Three Square provides wholesome food for hungry people, while passionately pursuing a hunger-free community.

Ruling year info

2007

President & CEO

Brian Burton

Main address

4190 N Pecos Rd

Las Vegas, NV 89115 USA

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EIN

30-0396918

NTEE code info

Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Food Bank and Food Rescue

Three Square collects fresh and non-perishable food from a variety of sources and distributes it to more than 200 charitable organizations throughout Southern Nevada that serve the hungry.

Food Donations: Three Square accepts food from many generous food donors, including local partners, Feeding America, bulk food providers and community food drives
Food Rescue: Food and grocery product is rescued from local retail and grocery stores, like Albertsons, Smith's, Wal-Mart, Target and Fresh & Easy. Each weekday drivers visit local stores to gather donated fresh fruits, vegetables, meat, dairy and bakery product, which is delivered directly to our charitable partners who directly serve the hungry.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Three Square has joined forces with numerous community partners to provide bags of nutritious, single serving and ready-to-eat food items each Friday to children who might otherwise go without during weekends and long breaks from school.

Each bag contains 11 different items, including beans and franks, beef stew, Vienna sausages, macaroni-Os, cereal, shelf-stable chocolate milk, fruit cups, pudding cups, granola bars, 100% juice-based fruit snacks, crackers, sunflower seeds and 100% juice pouches.

Three Square serves over 250 schools distributing over 4,500 bags of food every week, with the need increasing every day.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Kids Cafe® is a program of Feeding America, designed to ensure that children without access to regular nutrition receive a nutritional meal after school in the late afternoon. Kids Cafe® is one of the nation's largest charitable meal service programs, providing free and prepared food and nutrition education to hungry children in a safe environment.

Three Square collaborates with multiple Community Partners including the Clark County School District and After-School All-Stars to provide nutritious meals to children in need.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Meet Up and Eat Up is a summer meals program - a collaborative effort between Three Square, Summer Food Service Program sponsors and the Clark County School District to ensure that our community's children receive the nutrition they need during summer break.

Meet Up and Eat Up is funded by the Department of Agriculture and administered by Nevada's Department of Education.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Three Square is partnering with the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP - formerly known as food stamps) to assist eligible individuals and families with securing much needed food benefits.
   Only 52% of those eligible for SNAP actually receive benefits, while only between 30-40% of eligible seniors take advantage of the program. Three Square's SNAP Outreach team visits hundreds of community sites and low-income and senior housing complexes throughout the year to provide guidance, paperwork assistance and application follow-through.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Our Senior Hunger Programs provide food-insecure older adults (60+) with healthy, supplemental groceries including fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins. The program is found around the valley through senior-only pantries, home delivery, and a community meal.

Population(s) Served
Seniors

Where we work

Accreditations

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance 2010

Charity Navigator 2011

Awards

Best Volunteer Organization 2009

Las Vegas Weekly

Best Nonprofit Organization 2009

Las Vegas Review Journal

Best Nonprofit Organization 2012

Las Vegas Review Journal

External assessments

Evaluated via the Impact Genome Project (2019)

Affiliations & memberships

Feeding America 2006

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Three Square opened its doors as Southern Nevada's food bank in 2007. Since then, it has become the backbone organization for the region's emergency food network which serves 340,000 people struggling with hunger in all rural and urban areas of Clark, Nye, Lincoln and Esmeralda counties. Working with hundreds of community partners including non-profits, schools, and faith-based organizations, Three Square has distributed more than 100 million pounds of food to hungry people in just five years. In striving to fulfill its mission “to provide wholesome food to hungry people, while passionately pursuing a hunger-free community," Three Square has become the fastest-growing food bank in the country, and one of the most productive.

However, as Southern Nevada's economic recovery lags behind the rest of the country, and the demand for emergency food assistance continues to rise, Three Square now faces the challenge of transitioning from a start-up food bank to a sustaining food resource with strategic, measured annual growth. Meeting the challenge will require a combination of efficiency, ingenuity and investment to ensure that Three Square continues to reach as many hungry people as possible, with fewer available resources.

Nutritious food is the most basic of human needs, and Three Square believes that no one in our community should go hungry. Ever.

Three Square's 2013-2016 Strategic Plan provides an actionable framework for closing Southern Nevada's meal gap by focusing on three strategic pillars:

1. Food Access and Distribution
Three Square will increase the quality and quantity of wholesome food consistently available to Southern Nevadans in need, regardless of their location or circumstances.

2. Sustainability
Three Square will serve the community as long as there is a need, by guaranteeing that there are sufficient financial resources for ongoing operations.

3. Advocacy and Community Engagement
Three Square is one of the few food banks that invests in advocacy and research, activities we will continue in order to give hunger a voice, and a face.

Food Access and Distribution
Three Square will increase the quality and quantity of wholesome food consistently available to everyone in need, regardless of their location or circumstances. The rapidly changing availability of food resources, the growing cost of transportation, and the lack of agriculture in our region pose challenges for Three Square. To overcome these obstacles, Three Square will concentrate its efforts on: Sourcing and Distribution, Agency Partners, Federally Reimbursable Programs, SNAP Outreach and Target Populations

Sustainability
Three Square will serve the community as long as there is a need, and must guarantee that there are sufficient financial resources for ongoing operations. Continual evaluation and evolution of programs will ensure that they remain relevant to Three Square's constituents.
Activities include Program Sustainability, Financial Sustainability and Marketing and Branding.

Advocacy and Community Engagement
Three Square will continue to raise awareness and inspire action in Southern Nevada among elected officials and our community.
Three Square is one of only a handful of food banks who invest in advocacy and research. This investment has already achieved success by positively impacting policy. Moving forward, raising public awareness about hunger and inspiring action will be achieved through: Deepening Collaboration, Being the "Hunger Experts" and Lobbying and Education.

Three Square began distributing food in November 2007. Since that date, Three Square has distributed more than 100 million pounds of food –the equivalent of 87 million meals– through our network of agency and program partners who feed over 100,000 people each month. In that time, the food bank has piloted and mastered several programs that address the needs of children and seniors, and added Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) outreach to increase federal assistance to hungry people in Southern Nevada. Three Square holds the record for the fastest food bank to reach both 10 million and 20 million pounds distributed annually.

As a member of the Feeding America Network, we have access to the programming and technical resources of 205 other food banks throughout the U.S.

The typical path for a start-up nonprofit like Three Square is to use the funding of angel donors, corporations, and foundations to make investments that will allow the organization to thrive. One such investment is the resources needed to acquire thousands of new smaller donors, whose gifts over time replace the funding of the original large donors. For Three Square, the startup funding did what it was intended to do. Thanks to our founding funders, we are debt-free and have two buildings, nineteen trucks, a 5,000 square-foot kitchen, and nearly 29,000 donors of whom more than 13,000 have been active over the past 12 months. This allows us to feed 100,000 people each month.

Of course, we don't do this alone. We rely on our network of over 600 Program Partners in Southern Nevada, which include food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, after-school programs, senior citizens and more. Our Program Partners receive food from Three Square and distribute it to Southern Nevadans in need through their pantry and on-site meal programs.

Three Square is Southern Nevada's only food bank providing food assistance to the residents of Lincoln, Nye, Esmeralda and Clark Counties. Three Square's mission is to provide wholesome food to hungry people, while passionately pursuing a hunger-free community. We combine food banking (warehousing canned and boxed goods), food rescue (obtaining surplus or unused meats, bread, dairy and produce from hospitality and grocery outlets), and ready-to-eat meals to be the most complete food solution for Southern Nevada.

Currently, over 340,000 people in Southern Nevada are in need of food assistance, and Three Square reaches 100,000 of them each month. There is clearly room for improvement. The strategies and targets in the current three-year strategic plan represent aggressive growth to eliminate hunger.

We currently work with more than 600 Program Partners - which includes non-profit and faith-based organizations, schools, and after school and summer feeding sites – in our community to reach struggling individuals and families at risk of hunger. In 2012, we distributed more than 24.5 million pounds of food, the equivalent of 18.8 million meals through our Program Partners. In 2013, we're on target to distribute more than 27 million pounds of food, 20.7 million meals.

Many have joined our fight to end hunger, including the gaming industry, local businesses, non-profit agencies, food distributors, higher education institutions, the Clark County School District, government entities, the media, and thousands of volunteers and donors. Only with continued interest in eliminating hunger will Three Square continue on its path to reach its goals.

Financials

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THREE SQUARE

Board of directors
as of 07/20/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Al Welch

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Term: 2019 -

Brian Ayala

Ayala's Inc.

Diana Bennett

Paragon Gaming

Bill Hornbuckle

MGM Resorts International

Anita Romero

Southwest Gas Corporation (retired)

Brian Burton

Three Square

Alissa Wood

Nevada Gold Mines operated by Barrick

Don Ross

Caesars Entertainment

Eric Aldrian

Wynn Resorts

Richard Crawford

The Crawford Group-Green Valley Grocery, Crawford Oil, Crawford Coin

Ryann Juden

City of North Las Vegas

Judy Stokey

NV Energy (retired)

Shawn Gerstenberger

UNLV

Cami Christensen

Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino

Forrest Griffin

UFC

John Moon

Wells Fargo

Al Welch

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Brandon Doll

Consultant

David Garcia

J.P. Morgan Private Bank

MJ Maynard

RTC of Southern Nevada

Lindy Schumacher

Fulfillment Fund Las Vegas

Rachel Shiffrin

Escapely

Frank Stanbrough

Southwest Gas Corporation

Frank Woodbeck

College of Southern Nevada

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/20/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)

Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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