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There is a new campaign running that aims to help our food insecure population in Las Vegas. The Just One Project is behind it, and it’s very needed in our community. According to a recent annual study done by Feeding America, there are 341,180 food-insecure individuals in Southern Nevada. That’s one in seven people. The same study showed that one in four children, approximately 130,270, are living in a food insecure household.

So what exactly does “food insecurity” mean? The U.S. Department of Agriculture defines it as “a household-level economic and social condition of limited or uncertain access to adequate food.” Adequate food includes a healthy amount of food and a quality of nutritious food.

The Just One Project has been working to keep these numbers low in Clark County. CEO Brooke Neubauer started the nonprofit after being touched by her experience with giving back. Since then, it’s been one of the fastest-growing nonprofit organizations in the state. And serves more than 20,000 people every month in Southern Nevada.

On November 1, the Just One Project launched their inaugural annual giving campaign. Called “Skip One to Give One for Just One”, the campaign encourages members of the community to “skip a meal” by donating the cost of a meal to the nonprofit. The funds collected will support the Just One Project‘s programs and initiatives. These programs provide relief to the insecure populations in our Southern Nevada valley.

The programs offered by the Just One Project include a Pop Up & Give Mobile Market, which visits the largest number of food insecure sites, including 13 Clark County School District schools and 22 senior-specific locations every month. The Community Market, located at the Just One Project headquarters, is a no-cost market that offers fresh groceries and more resources, tailored specifically to an individual clients needs. The Market 2 You program delivers groceries directly to the most at-risk food insecure homes. And the Shine On program focuses on senior hunger by offering deliveries for Meals on Wheels, Senior Commodities and Golden Groceries.

Brooke Neubauer was recently a guest on Talking Solutions. Listen to her talk about the Just One Project and why their programs are so important for our community. Brooke also shares the effect giving back has had on her and why volunteer work is a main focus of the organization. Original air date of this public affairs show was November 6, 2022.

Wendy Rush, 96.3KKLZ Las Vegas

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