In Southern Nevada, more than 126,000 children regularly go hungry. Without proper sustenance, these children often face chronic illness, developmental issues, and even significant health issues in adulthood. Recognizing this serious problem, retired professional games player Stanley Tomchin has partnered with Las Vegas’ Feeding America affiliate, Three Square, to bring an end to child hunger. Since 2012, Tomchin’s support of the organization has allowed for nearly one million free, nutritious meals to be distributed to underprivileged students throughout Lincoln, Nye, Esmeralda, and Clark Counties.
With the mission to provide wholesome meals to hungry people while passionately pursuing a hunger-free community, Three Square combines food banking and rescue practices with ready to eat meals to be Southern Nevada’s most complete solution for those facing food insecurity, or the inability to secure enough food for a healthy diet and active lifestyle. The nonprofit organization works with a service network of approximately 1,300 community partners, including charities, schools, shelters, meal programs and SNAP outreach sites, to distribute more than 31 million meals to struggling individuals each year. Stanley Tomchin’s efforts have primarily been focused on building one of these strategic partnerships, a program with local after school care provider CORE Academy and its host school, West Prep Academy.
Together with the support of the community, CORE Academy strives to strengthen character, build brilliant minds, and create brighter futures for the area’s most under-resourced youth; to end the cycle of poverty, and allow for individuals to reach their full potential. Three Square has partnered with the program to feed the student scholars with a mobile pantry that has thus far nourished 1,300 low income children and their families. In addition, once a month free boxes of food are available to take home for any child in attendance of West Prep Academy. Following the partnership’s success, Three Square President and CEO Brian Burton is thankful for the support of individuals like Tomchin,
“Stan is an exemplary leader who cares deeply about children in Southern Nevada. We love partnering with him to feed so many children and families in need.”
Stanley Tomchin is a committed philanthropist and retired games player currently residing in Las Vegas. Raised in Long Island, New York, Tomchin was a chess master by age 13 and eventually represented the United States in the bridge Olympiad. After travelling the globe enjoying success as the world’s most potent professional games player, he was inspired by his sister, Joy, to return home and dedicate his life to assisting those in need. Tomchin soon began supporting local charities as well as larger organizations including Greenpeace and Sea Shepard Conservation Society, both dedicated to the preservation of the world’s oceans and organisms living in it. In addition to the CORE Academy and West Prep Academy, other educational institutions that have benefited from Tomchin’s generosity include the Marty Hennessy Jr. Tennis Foundation, the Ideal School of Manhattan, Communities In Schools of Nevada, Nevada Institute for Children’s Research and Policy, Teach For America, and Nevada State College Foundation.