Lutheran Social Services of Nevada (LSSN) is a trusted Las Vegas nonprofit organization. Nearly 25 years ago, a dedicated group of local volunteers began serving meals and providing food and clothing to members of our community. Since that point, LSSN has grown to become a grassroots organization known for its diverse services for individuals of many demographics, including: low-income, at-risk of homelessness, homeless, families with or without children, youth, veterans, people with disabilities, and senior citizens. Since 1996, over 440,000 individuals have been cared for by the agency. Our comprehensive social services include DigiMart, our online food pantry; mobile food distribution events called Open Air Markets; nutrition education classes and live cooking demonstrations; our Heart of the City Senior Meal Program and senior supportive services; mainstream benefits applications; and other safety net services.
Some of our achievements are highlighted below:
|1985||Began serving the community by opening a food pantry and clothing closet.||2013||Introduced a Nutrition Education Kitchen to provide clients with healthy cooking demonstrations.|
|2008||Moved to a larger facility in order to open an innovative new food pantry featuring a grocery style layout offering greater choices for our clients.||2014||Established the Heart of the City Senior Meal Program, which was the first congregate senior meal program funded from the State of Nevada Aging and Disability Division in the last 12 years.|
|2012||Pioneered the Open Air Mobile Market to provide fresh produce and other food in “food desert” areas around Southern Nevada.||2016||Awarded the Partner Agency of the Year by Three Square Food Bank out of their 1,300 partners. Launched the first online digital food pantry system – DigiMart. Received the Las Vegas High Tech Exec Award for that system.|
|2017-2018||Partnered with Nevada Hand and the Boys and Girls Club of Southern Nevada to build the Boulder Collaborative Campus, a “one-stop-shop” social services center.||2019||Named Nevada Women’s Philanthropy’s 2019 Impact Grant Recipient, enabling LSSN to expand our current DigiMart Food Pantry.|