Barrick Gold has donated $50,000 to the Three Square Food Bank as part of the southern Nevada organization’s annual “holiday match” fundraising campaign. The donation was presented Dec. 10 to Three Square by Michael Brown, Vice President, Corporate and External Affairs for Barrick North America.
“The true spirit of the holiday season is giving,” Brown said. “That’s why all of us at Barrick are committed to supporting Three Square’s holiday match campaign to help ensure that families in southern Nevada have enough to eat during the holidays and all year long.”
The holiday match campaign involves a number of corporate donors who agree to match every donation made to Three Square (up to $190,000) between Nov. 1 and Dec. 31. The campaign has the potential to raise $380,000 which equates to 1,140,000 meals.
“We are so overjoyed with the generosity of these corporate donors who have joined our mission in providing wholesome food to hungry people, while passionately pursuing a hunger-free community,” said Brian Burton, President and CEO of Three Square. “It is amazing to see our community come together during this holiday season and it truly demonstrates the fact that together, we can feed everyone.”
Established in 2007, Three Square is southern Nevada’s only food bank, serving Las Vegas and four rural counties encompassing over 40,000 square miles. Nevada was hit hard during the Great Recession, leading the United States in unemployment, bankruptcies and home foreclosures for four straight years between 2009 and 2012. Southern Nevada, which relies heavily on the gaming and construction industries, was hit particularly hard and recovery has been slow. About one out of every six people — more than 340,000 people — in southern Nevada do not know where their next meal is coming from, according to Three Square. The food bank provides more than 26 million pounds of food and grocery product, equivalent to more than 21 million meals, annually to nearly 600 program partners in southern Nevada.
Since 2009, Barrick has donated more than $350,000 to Three Square. As Barrick extends its community outreach activities across the state, the company has added several new partners in southern Nevada, including Opportunity Village, Communities In Schools and the “I Have A Dream” Foundation.
“We are truly fortunate to have built a strong business here in Nevada, where we have always enjoyed the support of our host communities and governments,” Brown said. “We understand how important it is to give back to this great state and support those who are less fortunate.”