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Celebrity Chef featuring Marc Murphy

On March 2, 2017 guests were treated to an evening of food and fun at Food Bank for the Heartland’s 16th annual Celebrity Chef fundraiser. Presented by Conagra Brands with KETV serving as the media sponsor, Celebrity Chef was held at the Embassy Suites Conference Center in La Vista. KETV Newswatch 7 anchor Alexandra Stone was the Celebrity Chef emcee.

The event raised $375,000 to help feed children, families and seniors in need across the Food Bank’s 93-county service area. Donations made during the evening were matched by WoodmenLife up to $35,000.

Restaurateur, television star and author Marc Murphy charmed the audience and showcased his talents during a culinary presentation at the event. He demonstrated recipes for an Omaha Steaks skirt steak with spaghetti alla carbonara and grilled romaine topped with a roasted tomato salsa then presented the dishes to guests seated at the special tasting table on stage. In addition to Marc Murphy’s cooking demonstration, attendees enjoyed Jackson Family Wines provided by Republic National Distributing Company and appetizers from local restaurants.

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Food Bank Receives Highest Rating

Food Bank for the Heartland has been honored with a Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator for the seventh consecutive year. Charity Navigator is the nation’s largest evaluator of charities. They provide ratings for over 5,000 American charities based on sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency.

Only 2% of the charities rated have received 7 consecutive 4-star evaluations. Food Bank for the Heartland is proud to be recognized for continuing to offer excellent services as one of the most highly rated organizations in the country.

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Woodhouse Challenge VIII Raises over $1.2 Million

For the eighth year, the Woodhouse Auto Family challenged its employees and the community to raise funds for Food Bank for the Heartland’s BackPack program during the month of November; the response was overwhelming. A record $1,205,440 was raised by the Woodhouse Challenge, which is enough for 7,534 kids to participate in the BackPack program during the school year! The goal of helping 6,250 kids was far surpassed.

“Words cannot express our thanks to Lance and Becky Pittack for championing this cause,” said Susan Ogborn, president and CEO of the Food Bank.  “We are in awe of the culture within the Woodhouse Auto Family.  They have a deep desire to make a difference in our communities, and they have.  Woodhouse successfully rallied the public in an effort to help the thousands of children in our area who at-risk for hunger.”

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The Food Bank’s 35th Anniversary

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Food Bank for the Heartland

2016 marks Food Bank for the Heartland’s 35th anniversary! During our 35 years of serving the community, we have learned important lessons and impacted countless lives while remaining focused on providing food to those in need.

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Celebrity Chef 2018

March 1, 2018
10525 J Street

The Food Bank is thrilled to welcome Chef Curtis Stone Thursday, March 1, 2018, to the Embassy Suites La Vista.

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Kids Cruisin’ Kitchen

May 30 - August 11

Kids Cruisin’ Kitchen brings hot, nutritious meals free of charge to the places where children live and play such as parks, libraries and apartment complexes. Children 18 years of age and under are eligible for free meals.

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