As part of our commitment to the surrounding neighborhood, the Academy prepares and delivers nutritious meals to those in need. Year-round, we provide daily hot meals for disadvantaged children, youth, veterans, and the elderly at various community locations.
We also participate in two federally funded programs administered by Nevada’s Department of Agriculture: the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), providing free nutritious meals to children in low-income areas during the summer, and the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), providing after-school meals during the academic year. In a typical year, our delivery trucks travel 30,000 miles, serving community centers, parks and recreation sites, housing developments, and churches in North Las Vegas, Las Vegas, and Henderson.
In 2014 we prepared and delivered more than 212,000 meals to the community. We provided more than 64,000 meals to 10 CACFP sites, preparing and delivering an average of 336 meals a day. This past summer we served more than 43,000 meals through the SFSP.
We have a partnership with Three Square Food Bank, Neighbors for Nutrition, which aims to increase community awareness, get more organizations to sponsor these programs, and encourage more children to participate. We want to ensure that every child who needs a meal gets one.
For many of the children and youth we feed, the meal we provide is the only one they get in a day. So delivering quality and nutritional value in the meals we prepare is one of our average strengths and highest priorities. The Academy has received two Western Region Sunshine Awards from the U.S. Department of Agriculture: in 2008 for Improving the Nutrition Quality and Appeal of Meals and in 2010 for Increasing Participation and Community Partnerships. The Academy has been participating in the SFSP since 2003.