MGM passes milestone donation in support of Las Vegas hunger relief

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MGM Resorts International has surpassed a milestone of donating more than one million meals towards hunger relief in the Las Vegas community.

This figure was reached via the organisations Feeding Forward program, which safely recovers unserved food from conventions, mini bars and warehouses to help feed those in Southern Nevada suffering from food insecurity.

Furthermore, MGM has also donated over 500,000 meals through Restaurant Week and Backpacks for Kids, which are also part of Feeding Forward. The food donation portion of the program started in 2016 and works as a partnership with Three Square food bank.

According to Hunger in Nevada, Feeding America, one in eight Nevadans is affected by hunger.  In 2007 MGM was lauded as playing a key part in founding Three Square food bank, since which employees have volunteered over 54,000 hours to help build programs.

MGM employees will celebrate reaching the milestone at Project Homeless Connect where they are the sponsors.Coordinated by the Nevada Resorts Association, it brings together various parts of the community to help serve individuals and families in need.

More than 200 volunteers from the organisation will be part of the event, greeting guests and serving them a restaurant-style Thanksgiving meal prepared by MGM chefs. 

“For many years we have worked with community organisations like Three Square to provide hunger relief and food resources for those in need. We are proud to continue those efforts through our Feeding Forward program,” commented Bill Hornbuckle, president and COO of MGM Resorts International

“We are thrilled to be well on our way to achieving our social impact and sustainability goal of donating five million meals by the year 2025 and are grateful to our employees for their continued dedication to helping those in need.”

MGM Northfield Park is to also present a donation of $10,000 to the Emergency Assistance Center located in Northfield, Ohio, providing 30,000 meals to local families this holiday season.  

The property will also collect donations from team members to support the Northfield community partnering with the Emergency Assistance Center.

Joyce Hunt, executive director of The Emergency Assistance Center, who will be accepting the donation, said: “We are grateful for the generosity of MGM Northfield Park and their commitment to providing assistance to our neighbours in need.”