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73 Spectrum Blvd.
Las Vegas, Nevada 89101
This video showcases the various services that the Lutheran Social Services of Nevada offers to the Las Vegas community. Our mission is to express the love of Christ by serving and caring for people in need, of which we've served over 140,000 since 1997. ... more
Assistant Director of Operations
"This is the only one (senior food program) in Las Vegas funded by the state," Felder said.
"With programs like this, it's a very slow start, but the numbers are picking up from three to five people in a week to mid- to upper 20s (a day) as word gets out,"
The largest part of fulfilling that mission is operating a food bank out of the charity's offices.
Felder said the organization helps more than 16,000 unduplicated clients each year by distributing more than 350,000 pounds of food.
Rather than hand out packages of random food to clients, the charity's food bank is arranged as a store, and clients are allowed, within a set of guidelines, to pick what they want.
Clients are allowed a certain amount of food per person in their household, but that number is deceptive as some items, such as fresh fruit and vegetables, don't count toward that weight.
"That's the biggest part of what we do here, but we're going to expand that with education," Felder said.
"Were converting one of our offices into a teaching kitchen, so we can show people not just what foods to get to stretch out their dietary budget but how to cook meals that will feed them for days."
The charity has carefully chosen a basic low-income design for the kitchen that will be comparable in scale and equipment to what its clients have where they live.
"We're not going to include a Cuisinart or things like that," Felder said.
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