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 Education: 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 two 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 2013 we prepared and delivered more than 242,000 meals to the community. We provided more than 71,000 meals to 10 CACFP sites, preparing and delivering an average of 450 meals a day. This past summer, we provided nearly 64,000 meals to 32 SFSP sites, with an average production of 1,275 meals a day.
We have formed a partnership with Three Square Food Bank, which provides meals for the Summer Food Service Program. Neighbors for Nutrition: Feeding Our Future aims to increase community awareness, getting more organizations to sponsor these programs and encouraging 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.
As with all activities at the Academy, the food service program provides valuable practical training experiences
to our students.
With help from the community, the Academy can feed even more hungry children. Consider serving as a sponsor or site. For more information on our meals for children or to learn about becoming a sponsor or a site, please call (702) 924-2102. Open to all children, no registration required.
The Culinary Academy of Las Vegas is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Program.