Kids in Need to Get More Meals from Safekey | Education & Schools
For some schoolchildren in southern Nevada, the meals they eat at school and Safekey after-school programs are their only nutrition.
With that difficult reality in mind, the Clark County School District, City of Las Vegas and Three Square Food Bank are partnering to expand food offerings at 44 Safekey sites in Las Vegas.
The Las Vegas City Council approved an agreement with Three Square at Wednesday’s council meeting.
The program will expand a pilot program between the city, Three Square, and the school district started last year. The Safekey Snack Enhancement pilot program began at 15 Safekey sites, which were selected based on geographic area, program enrollment and the school’s Free and Reduced Lunch participation percentage.
The pilot program involved providing students with a light meal. Based on the success of the pilot program, the council approved expanding the program into 29 additional Safekey sites that qualify for free and reduced lunch. The program is funded through a USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program Grant to eligible city of Las Vegas Safekey Sites at no cost to the city. The National League of Cities provided the grant.
During the pilot program, Three Square served more than 13,000 meals to children enrolled in the Safekey program. Some parents told officials that the meal from Safekey was the only one their child received before school breakfast the next morning.
Three Square chefs prepare a menu consisting of 15 items including sub sandwiches, salads, yogurt parfaits and banana zucchini bread. Each meal provides fresh fruits and vegetables.
Based on the successful pilot program, Three Square is working with administrators from North Las Vegas and Clark County to expand the program to campuses throughout the valley.
“This has been outstanding partnership between the city of Las Vegas, the Clark County School District and Three Square Food Bank,” said Clark County School District Superintendent Dwight Jones. “Principals, teachers administrators and others went out of their way to get involved in the program to help make it successful. This program will help the district’s children prepare for learning through improved access to nutrition morning, noon, after-school and on weekends.”