Las Vegas CBS KXNT – Newly released figures show that hunger is a potential problem for 16 percent of Southern Nevada households. Local food bank Three Square estimates nearly 345,000 people in the region live in homes where the economic conditions put them at risk of going without enough to eat.
The best solution to the problem is an improving economy that will put people back to work, says Three Square’s Jodi Tyson.
“Every time unemployment decreases by a percentage, we actually add five million more meals into the community, because this is money that people can go and spend on their own food,” Tyson told KXNT.
For those who remain mired in the economic muck, there’s help from the government. Tyson says Three Square helps connect people with programs like SNAP — the supplemental nutrition assistance program.
Three Square applied data from a national study to create a map of households at risk for hunger in the Las Vegas valley.
The data also shows:
• The cost of an average meal in Southern Nevada is $2.66.
• Here in Southern Nevada, we are missing about 56 million meals a year.
• Here in Southern Nevada, food insecure people are missing about 5.5 meals per week over eight months during the course of a year.