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Local business hosts food drive to help feed the hungry

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A September 2013 study conducted by the USDA found that 14.5 percent or nearly 1 in 5 Americans struggle to put food on the table.

According to the local food bank Three Square, about 344,000 people in Southern Nevada struggle with the same endeavor.

"It is entire families, grandma and grandpa, brother and sister, mother and father and small children who have been affected by the economic challenges of the last five or six years," said Matt Muldoon, Chief Development Officer for Three Square Food Bank.

To help combat this problem, Galaxy Green Valley Theatre has partnered with Three Square for a campaign to fill a semi-truck full of canned or boxed food to feed the hungry.

"We think this is a great, great cause and we're just hoping we can get as many families fed as possible," said Rita Carr, GM for Galaxy Theatre's Green Valley.

Carr says the plan was to center the food drive around a movie about food. "We are doing a promotion for Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs 2 movie that comes out at the end of September."

There's now two barrels placed inside that is open for guests to donate as well as anyone else who has the ability to give.

"Since the movie is about food we figured well maybe we can get some donations for Three Square," Carr said.

The hope to have the semi-truck loaded full by Sept. 26, two days before the premier of the movie on Saturday, the 28th.

If the truck is full, as an incentive, they are giving away free popcorn to anyone who attends the movie on premier night.

Muldoon believes it's a great opportunity to notify the public on the widespread problem of hunger valley wide.

He says the solution is bringing together the community and partnerships so fewer families are working through their doors.

"It takes a lot of folks," Muldoon said. "Government, businesses, individuals to participate in the activity of helping families in our community."

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