To help meet the food needs of students, Project 150 with Smith’s Food & Drug is providing over 6,500 meals to feed young people in need who may be food insecure or negatively impacted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Approximately 1 in 5 children in Nevada struggle with hunger, and COVID-19 has exacerbated the situation. Students fighting hunger are unable to concentrate, have poor attendance and suffer anxiety. These students often fall behind academically, drop out before graduation, exhibit behavior problems and experience substance abuse issues.
“Project 150 started in December 2011, when we learned that the Clark County School District had an overwhelming number of homeless teenagers attending school,” said Stacy Chapter, Project 150 Las Vegas Community Outreach Manager. “We helped provide solutions to the needs of these students with partners like Smith’s. Project 150 is appreciative of their continued support.”
The donation from Smith’s Food & Drug Stores supports the company’s visionary Zero Hunger | Zero Waste plan which is aiming to end hunger in communities and eliminate waste across the company by 2025.
“Smith’s is eager to support school children who have been disproportionately impacted by food insecurities,” said Aubriana Martindale, Smith’s Corporate Affairs Manager. “We are proud to support the mission of Project 150 in Las Vegas by providing meals to help nourish students and allow them to focus on their future.”
About Project 150
Project 150 is a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization supporting homeless teenagers in Las Vegas and Reno, Nevada. Project 150 provides the basic needs from clothing, food and school supplies to displaced and disadvantaged high school students in the ongoing struggle to make sure these kids get their diploma and have a better chance at succeeding in life. The charity supports students in 63 high schools in Southern Nevada and 20 high schools in Reno. For more information visit: www.project150.org