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Why Las Vegas Restaurant Week really matters

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Square meal: Don’t miss the deals, dishes—like Bardot Brasserie’s duck á l’orange—and feel-good aspect of Restaurant Week.

Never dined out for Restaurant Week? While the too-good-to-argue-with price points for prix-fixe meals at the Valley’s top restaurants are a fantastic reason to participate, another would be that your bill benefits Three Square—and the 315,000 food-insecure Southern Nevadans the local food bank serves. Hunger-relief charity network Feeding America estimates that 297,000 residents in Clark County are food-insecure, and with the U.S. Census Bureau putting the county’s population around 2 million, that’s about 14 percent of our neighbors going hungry or without adequate sustenance for a healthy lifestyle.

Three Square is helping to reduce that statistic, with its food banking, food rescue and ready-to-eat meals programs. Retail partners like Albertsons and Mariana’s Supermarkets, Strip properties like Mandalay Bay and Caesars Palace, and local and national food producers like Kraft and Anderson Dairy donate food and/or funds to the nonprofit, which ends up serving program partners like the Las Vegas Rescue Mission and other food-distribution sites like local churches and community centers.

So, consider dining out for Restaurant Week—with more than $170,000 raised during 2014’s edition, your epicurean experience helps others fill their stomachs.

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