Caesars Entertainment announced a new partnership with Las Vegas-based Three Square to donate surplus food items from conferences and events through the organization’s Food Rescue Program.

The Food Rescue program sources edible food to feed hungry people in Southern Nevada. Prepared food is recovered from numerous hotel properties, brought back to Three Square and cooled down in a blast chiller to meet the recommended health code standards. From there, the food is then repackaged into individual meal servings for various agency partners and for large congregate feeding sites.

These donations help provide food assistance to nearly 140,000 Las Vegas residents each month.

“We were able to rescue over 7,000 pounds of food from one conference,” said Don Ross, VP of catering and convention services at Caesars. “What we are able to do with Three Square is so important for the thousands of hungry people in our valley. We are proud and thrilled to be a part of this [program].”

The Rio is the first Caesars Entertainment property to begin donating to Three Square with other Las Vegas properties to follow throughout 2017. The initial donations from the Rio totaled 7,135 pounds of food, which is equal to 40,657 total portions. The food donated from the property was surplus from a three day conference and varied from hot plates of chicken and beef to salads, cheeses and bread rolls.