Are You Hungry?

TinaExecutiveChefThreeSquaresmAs you've probably gathered from many of our posts, food is one of the cornerstones of the M Resort. Food brings people together and helps nourish the hungry. It's hard to imagine that nearly 250,000 men, women, children and seniors in Southern Nevada struggle with hunger. One of the organizations the M is proud to support is Three Square Food Bank. If you haven't heard or don't know about Three Square they are Southern Nevada's only food bank and provide bakery, produce, dairy, non-perishable products and ready-to-eat meals to non-profit and faith-based organizations. They also facilitate childhood and senior nutrition programs. We have supported Three Square in many ways and are proud to say that with the help of the Sun City Anthem Women's Club (who we also do a great deal with) we've helped provide nearly 19,000 meals! It's important for the M Resort and our team members to give back and to be out in the community where we live and work.

TinaCrowdsmA few months ago, Three Square asked if Chef Tina Martini could be a featured chef at their Stone Soup Dinner. If you know Chef Tina she was elated to help! So, this past Tuesday, Chef Tina was the featured chef at Stone Soup. The dinner recognizes donors, agency partners and everyday people who help in the fight against hunger. Each month, Three Square invites a chef to do a fun demonstration and share soups of their choosing and the legend of stone soup. You know… the story of the traveler who comes up on a village where the people have little to eat. He tells them of his secret to make soup from stone and encourages each member of the village to bring what they have, no matter how small. Pretty soon they are all eating and dancing. In the end, the traveler showed them that through sharing there is plenty for all. The evening hit particularly close to home for Chef Tina who shared with everyone her personal story:

TinaCloseUpsm I was motivated by hunger awareness very early on, as my mother's family was very impoverished. She had little to eat and spent most of her time as a child malnourished. Because of this, she lost all her teeth by the time she was 18. She suffered with poor health her entire life. I started going to shelters in and around my home town of San Diego and cooking for the holiday dinners. I also began baking dinner rolls and making mini sandwiches for the after school lunch programs. Kids really rely on the meals they get in school. The after school lunch programs prevent these kids from going hungry on the weekends and during summer break. I am so grateful for the opportunity to help fight hunger in my new home town. As a chef it is my responsibility, as I see, it to feed hungry people. Working with Three Square Food Bank has shown me that when people come together for no other reason than compassion and sharing, we can heal each other in ways we've never thought. Remember the legend of the stone soup…sharing assures we'll all have enough.

Are you hungry?