Las Vegas casinos are turning into food banks for thousands of unemployed workers hiding in blocks, while analysts call the city the ‘epicenter of the financial crisis’
- At one Las Vegas food bank, demand had risen from 1 million to 1.3 million
- The company’s COO said they still manage to feed hungry citizens
- A journalist says, “Here in Vegas, most of our economy is not essential
- Here’s how you can help people affected by Covid-19
Mass layoffs from casino workers in Las Vegas have left thousands of unemployed workers in urgent need of support, and food banks have sprung up to support the needy.
Las Vegas, casinos are being turned into food banks for those unemployed workers, some of whom may have worked there a few months earlier, now lining up for blocks to get much needed supplies.
According to Nevada Public radio, the numbers look bleak. Before the coronavirus outbreak, one food bank in Las Vegas, where most of the work is “nonessential,” distributed a million pounds of food to the hungry.
Vehicles line the streets around Boulder Station Hotel & Casino as they wait to get into a drive-thru Three Square Food Bank emergency food distribution site in response to mounting demand amid the coronavirus pandemic yesterday in Las Vegas, Nevada
Volunteers are preparing groceries to be distributed at a Three Square Food Bank food distribution site at the Boulder Station Hotel & Casino in response to mounting demand amid the coronavirus pandemic yesterday in Las Vegas, Nevada
That number has risen to 1.3 million in the months since the outbreak in early March.
According to the Three Square food bank COO Larry Scott, the charity queues can sometimes be as long as six miles.
“If you just drove along that line, you would absolutely see that the cars are representative of many different economic classes,” Scott told Nevada Public Radio.
“It has definitely affected all economic scales.”
Despite the six-mile queues and massive demand, Scott said they still manage to feed those in need.
Scott’s numbers are consistent with national reports of a 40 percent increase in food support demand in the United States.
A Nevada Highway Patrol officer steers vehicles in line in the streets around Boulder Station Hotel & Casino to enter a drive-thru Three Square Food Bank emergency distribution site in response to increasing demand amidst the coronavirus pandemic yesterday in Las Vegas, Nevada
The food is largely donated by federal raw materials and wholesalers such as Walmart and Kraft.
MGM Resorts, a casino and recreation company, also donated a large amount of ‘pastry’ dishes.
Many experts believe that economically Nevada is most affected by the coronavirus outbreak.
In an article written by New York Times journalist Brittany Bronson, she described the situation facing the entertainment capital of the world: “Like many other states, Nevada closed all nonessential companies to stop the spread of the corona virus.
But here in Vegas, most of our economy is not essential.
“Our economic well-being lives and dies from the emergence and destruction of a single, extremely vulnerable industry.
“Last month tourists were here.
“A complete stop in the beating heart of our economy is devastating.”