The Las Vegas meals banks are making ready for a rise in demand. A $ 600 unemployment surcharge might be forfeited
LAS VEGAS (KTNV) – Thousands of valley families could be at risk if Congress doesn’t extend the $ 600 additional unemployment benefit and some nonprofits anticipate a sharp surge in demand if it does.
At Three Square Food Bank, people are already preparing for the worst. When the pandemic started, 60% more people needed food every day. In the past few weeks there has actually been an increase in the number of people who need food.
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Three Square COO Larry Scott believes people with unemployment are preparing to lose that extra money.
“We’re already feeling the effects,” said Scott. “I think people are trying to find food sources today because they know it is coming soon.”
Scott says they had enough to eat by then, but if that need increases it could be a challenge.
And that comes on top of other challenges, including closing the building to their volunteers to keep the COVID-19 from spreading.
“So we met our volunteers in our open-air drive-through locations where we could socially distance them,” said Scott. “We still have some volunteers, but they’re on our way through.”
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Individual donations don’t usually make up a large part of their meal, but Scott says they need the public’s help now more than ever.
You can find the option to donate here.