LAS VEGAS -- This holiday season an estimated 6,000 students in southern Nevada could go without the meals they count on when school is in session, because they are homeless.
Now, a local nonprofit is making sure those students will get fed during the holiday break. The charity is called Project 150. It is currently collecting non-perishable food items and restaurant gift cards to hand out to homeless teenagers.
According to the Clark County School District, there are 357 schools in the district, and of those, 220 are Title I schools, which means they are entitled to federal funds because of the poverty levels of the community.
The president of Project 150, Don Purdue, started the effort after seeing a news story about the 150 homeless students at Rancho High School.
"These kids are survivors. They are fighting just to stay in school, and we just want to provide them with that edge that they can do it," Purdue said.
Project 150 is holding a fundraiser from 6 to 10 p.m. Wednesday at Dom DeMarco's Pizzeria on west Charleston.
For more information, go to project150lv.org.