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Today’s Front Line Hero: Lutheran Social Services of Nevada

June 16, 2020

Today’s Front Line Hero is Lutheran Social Services of Nevada (LSSN), which is providing food pantry services every day during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lutheran Social Services of Nevada (LSSN) has provided services in Las Vegas for more than 25 years, and is a trusted source of support in the community. It began with a small group of dedicated volunteers wanting to provide food and clothing to their neighbors in need, and has since expanded to provide a wide array of services, including supports for low-income individuals and families, veterans, seniors, and people with disabilities.

LSSN is well-known for its significant contributions to food security in Las Vegas. Food programs include an online food pantry called DigiMart, mobile food distribution events, nutrition classes, live cooking demonstrations, and meal programs for seniors. As the need for food assistance increased due to the recent economic downturn, LSSN expanded its services to meet that need. It suspended its normal registration requirements for DigiMart and increased the food pantry’s size significantly, and transferred Cooking Matters classes to Zoom.

The Partnership for Food Safety Education recognized LSSN on World Food Safety Day, June 7, for its contribution to food security in Las Vegas. The organization highlighted LSSN employee, Nicolas Salas, as a 2020 food safety hero. Nicolas provides food services to pantry shoppers each day during the COVID-19 shutdown. He is the first in the building and the last to leave, and keeps to pantry organized and efficient so shoppers can have a joyful experience at LSSN.

Thank you to LSSN for serving your community’s nutritional needs, and especially to Nicolas Salas for his tireless work at the food pantry!