LAS VEGAS – The Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth (NPHY), a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing assistance and resources to homeless teenagers in Southern Nevada, is pleased to publicly announce the organization’s Seventh Annual Plastic Food Drive. The drive will run from now through Tuesday, Nov. 26.
As families prepare their menus for Thanksgiving, a growing number of Clark County teenagers are left to scramble for warm meals. The Plastic Food Drive was designed to provide homeless youths with immediate assistance and nourishment throughout the holiday season.
“The number of homeless teens in our community has grown substantially in the past year,” said Arash Ghafoori, executive director for NPHY. “We want to ensure that these youth have a warm meal to be thankful for on Thanksgiving. We look forward to partnering with businesses, schools, offices, churches and families across Southern Nevada to help provide support for this vulnerable segment of our community.”
NPHY aims to raise $20,000 in food vouchers to help feed the approximately 7,000 homeless youths in Clark County. Fast food and grocery store gift card vouchers are being collected through Tuesday, Nov. 26. Gift cards may be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday at the William Fry Drop-In Center, located at 4981 Shirley St. in Las Vegas.
Community members are also welcome to host their own “Plastic Food Drives” and donate the proceeds to NPHY. For more information, or to register as a participant of the Plastic Food Drive, visit http://www.nphy.org or call (702) 383-1332.
To show appreciation for community participation and generosity, two Southwest Airlines flight vouchers, generously donated by Southwest Airlines and National Safe Place, will be given to the first community supporter to raise $2,000 in gift cards.
About Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth
Since its founding as an advocacy group in 2000, NPHY has grown from a small citizen coalition to the most comprehensive service provider in Southern Nevada for thousands of homeless youth. NPHY's programs, including Outreach, Safe Place Mobile Crisis Intervention, “Operation Go Home” Family Reunification, the William Fry Drop-In Center, Emergency Shelter, and Independent Living Program, stabilize homeless teens' lives, meet their immediate needs and provide a safe, supportive environment and a path to self-sufficiency. Through its work with homeless youth, NPHY creates productive, healthy adults who contribute to society.