Las Vegas casinos are becoming food banks for thousands of unemployed people who line up for blocks as analysts refer to the city as the “epicenter of the financial crisis.”
- At a food bank in Las Vegas, demand had risen from 1 million to 1.3 million
- The company’s COO said they still manage to feed hungry citizens
- One journalist said, “Here in Vegas, most of our economy is not essential
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Mass layoffs of casino employees in Las Vegas has left thousands of unemployed in dire need of assistance, and food banks have emerged to feed those in need.
Las Vegas casinos are being turned into food banks for the unemployed, some of whom may have worked there only months before, and which are now lining up for blocks to get their hands on much-needed supplies.
According to Nevada Public Radio, the numbers are looking grim. Prior to the coronavirus outbreak, a Las Vegas food bank where most of the work is “non-essential” was distributing a million pounds of food to the hungry.
Vehicles line up on the streets around the Boulder Station Hotel & Casino as they wait to get to an emergency distribution point at Three Square Food Bank in response to increased demand amid the coronavirus pandemic in Las Vegas, Nevada yesterday
Volunteers are preparing food for distribution at an emergency distribution point at Three Square Food Bank in the Boulder Station Hotel & Casino in response to increased demand during yesterday’s coronavirus pandemic in Las Vegas, Nevada
That number has risen to 1.3 million in the months since the outbreak was declared a national emergency in early March.
According to Larry Scott, COO of Three Square Food Bank, the queues for the charity can sometimes be six miles.
“If you just drove past that line, you would absolutely see that the cars are representative of many different economic classes,” Scott told Nevada Public Radio.
“It was absolutely effective on all economic levels.”
Despite the six mile queues and great demand, Scott said they still manage to feed those in need.
Scott’s numbers are in line with national reports that demand for food assistance in the United States has increased 40 percent.
A Nevada Highway Patrol official directs vehicles while they queue on the streets around the Boulder Station Hotel & Casino to a Three Square emergency distribution point in Las Vegas yesterday in response to increasing demand amid the coronavirus pandemic in Las Vegas Food Bank Arrive, Nevada
Most of the food is donated by federal goods and wholesalers such as Walmart and Kraft.
MGM Resorts, a casino and leisure company, also donated a large amount of the kitchen prepared for the banquet.
Many experts believe Nevada could be economically hardest hit by the coronavirus outbreak.
In an article by the New York Times journalist Brittany Bronson, she described the situation in the entertainment capital of the world: “As in many other states, Nevada has closed all non-essential businesses in an attempt to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
“But here in Vegas, most of our economy is not essential.
‘Our economic well-being lives and dies from the boom and destruction of a single, extremely fragile industry.
‘This month last year, tourists visited here.
“A complete standstill of the beating heart of our economy is devastating.”