To provide emergency and supplemental food to the people in need in Nebraska and western Iowa
To eliminate hunger in our community
In everything we do, we serve with respect, integrity and urgency
Founded in 1981 and headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, Food Bank for the Heartland is a nonprofit organization that distributes food to 225 food pantries, emergency shelters and other nonprofit partners. We are the largest food bank in Nebraska and Iowa, serving 93 counties in the two-state region.
Fighting hunger is an ongoing, collaborative effort. We work with individuals, organizations, food manufacturers and distributors, grocery stores, the USDA and Feeding America to procure food. The Food Bank also purchases food to supplement donations. For every dollar we receive, we can provide three meals.
During the 2014 fiscal year, we distributed 15.8 million pounds of food to local nonprofit agencies that delivered items directly to people in need in their local neighborhoods and communities. The number of people seeking assistance remains high as families struggle to make ends meet amid rising food costs and other difficult economic circumstances. Often they are forced to choose between paying for utilities, rent or medicine and buying food.
Food Bank for the Heartland operates its own programs that serve vulnerable populations directly. They include Kids Cafe, BackPack, Mobile Pantry, SNAP and Kids Cruisin' Kitchen. As the number of hungry children, families and seniors increases, these programs expand to meet the growing need.
Food and other items distributed through Food Bank for the Heartland have touched over 250,000 lives this past fiscal year. We are grateful to the individuals, organizations and companies that support our vision of eradicating hunger in our community by donating time, money and food.