Mark Scott and the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas’s Purposeful Work

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When COVID-19 hit, the Las Vegas Strip, the economic lifeblood of the region, went dark and sixty thousand union members lost their jobs. Culinary 226 and Bartenders 165 asked for help with emergency food assistance. Scott did not hesitate. “We know food. We have space. We have tech,” he says.

In forty-eight hours, they created a system for members to pick up, or have delivered, forty pounds of groceries weekly. As of August 2020, the Culinary Academy had provided over 110,000 food baskets. “This is the most humbling thing I have ever done,” Scott says. “Food insecurity is a prevalent issue. It is our responsibility to step up. We must see ourselves all in the same fight so that we can all be healthy.”


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