Understand the Need

At Whitney Elementary School in East Las Vegas, kids in the cafeteria are squeezing ketchup packets into their mouths. At a glance, it looks like a game. It’s not. It’s their lunch. Nearly 85 percent of Whitney’s kids are homeless…

In the labyrinth of storm drain tunnels beneath the city — under the glitz and glamour of Caesar’s Palace and the MGM Grand — lies an entire neighborhood of sorts. An estimated 300 homeless people live in maze of darkness. “We don’t like living in the tunnels,” one of them tells ABC News. “We’d like to get out. We live day to day. We have to survive.” During a hard rain, many of these people lose everything as it washes away…

In Las Vegas, 1 in 9 people live in poverty. Channel 8NewsNow calls it an “epidemic.” In Clark County, there are almost 7,000 homeless individuals; most of them are categorized as “unsheltered.” More than 500 of the homeless are in families. One in six people, including 1 in 4 children, regularly struggle with hunger. And 58 percent of Clark County’s school children qualify for free or reduced-price meals…

Poverty? Check. Homelessness? Check. Hunger? Check.

We’ve got a problem. What are we going to do about it? And what’s your role?