Mary Balluff, Chairman
Denise McCauley, Chair-elect
Craig Kinnison, Secretary
Farm Credit Services of America
Nate Christ, Treasurer
Brian Barks, President
Food Bank for the Heartland
Sequoia Wealth Partners, Inc.
Holland Basham Architects
One World Health Center
Emspace + Lovgren
Angels Among Us
Mutual of Omaha
First Data Corporation
Travel & Transport
Stephen Gehring, Legal Counsel
On July 1, 2019, Food Bank for the Heartland began a new fiscal year, and I celebrated one year as the organization’s new leader. It has been an incredible 12 months!
I’m so proud of everything that the Food Bank accomplished. I’m especially inspired by how we responded to the government shutdown and historic disasters.
We assisted furloughed federal workers who were running out of food after missing two pay periods when the government shut down for 35 days. I’ll never forget meeting a TSA staffer grateful for the food she received to help feed her family. The Food Bank purchased $200,000 worth of food for distribution to our pantry partners who were seeing an increase of clients needing help.
Then came the flood and blizzard in March. The Food Bank sourced thousands of pounds of food, water and cleaning supplies from around the country. We provided assistance in impacted communities including Bellevue, Fremont, Valley, Columbus, Niobrara, Lynch and Winslow in Nebraska along with Council Bluffs, Hamburg and Pacific Junction in Iowa and many others.
Looking ahead to the next 12 months, our plan is to add more mobile pantries across our 93-county Nebraska and western Iowa service area. We are targeting communities where the need for assistance is high but access to help is low. Overall, we plan to increase the amount of food provided by approximately 1.6 million meals compared to the previous 12 months.
We know the 1.6 million meals are connected to people. People like a husband and wife we met in Valley, residents for over 40 years who lost everything in the flood and forced to start over. Or a couple in Plattsmouth who had to find a new place to live when their apartment flooded.
The Food Bank staff is passionate about helping struggling families. We love making a difference and hope you will join us! The feeling is awesome!
President & CEO