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Las Vegas food banks brace for increase in need, $600 supplement to unemployment could expire

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Posted at 7:40 AM, Jul 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-30 21:43:38-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Thousands of valley families could be left in jeopardy if Congress does not extend the extra $600 unemployment benefit and some nonprofits are bracing for a large increase in demand if that happens.

Three Square food bank is already seeing people prepare for the worst. When the pandemic first started, it saw 60% more people needing food every day. In the last couple weeks, it says it has actually seen an increase in people needing food.

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The COO of Three Square, Larry Scott, says he believes people on unemployment are preparing to lose that extra money.

"We're already starting to feel the impacts of that," Scott said. "I think people are trying to find food sources today, knowing that it's about to come upon them."

Scott says they've had enough food up until this point, but if that need increases, it could be a challenge.

And that's on top of other challenges, including closing their building to their volunteers to help prevent spreading COVID-19.

"So what we did was have our volunteers meet out at our drive-thru sites in the open air where we can social distance them," Scott said. "We still have some volunteers, but they're at our drive-thru."

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Individual donations don't normally make up a large portion of their food, but Scott says they need the public's help now more than ever.

Option to donate is available here.