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Celebrity Chef 2019

Food Bank for the Heartland’s 18th annual Celebrity Chef featuring Tyler Florence was the most successful fundraiser in our organization’s history! Nearly 1,100 guests attended the event, and more than $485,000 was raised! The funds will help feed thousands of hungry children, families, seniors and veterans across Nebraska and western Iowa.

Thank you to our presenting sponsor, Conagra Brands Foundation, and our media partner, KETV NewsWatch 7. We are grateful to all the sponsors, attendees, volunteers, supporters and Food Bank board members and staff members who made Celebrity Chef an extraordinary success!

Save the date for next year’s Celebrity Chef on March 5, 2020.

Tyler Florence’s demonstration recipes


Heartfelt Thanks to our Extraordinary Volunteers

Food Bank for the Heartland remodeled and expanded our volunteer center last year, and our volunteers filled it with teamwork, laughter and compassion for those who struggle with food insecurity.

Volunteers are the heart of Food Bank for the Heartland. Thousands of people come to us each year wanting to make a difference in the lives of our neighbors in need. In 2018, more than 43,000 volunteer hours were donated, the equivalent to nearly 21 fulltime employees!

Volunteers package apples, onions and other fresh produce; sort donated perishable and shelf-stable food; pack food bags for at-risk children in the BackPack program; and help in countless other ways.

Thank you to everyone who has generously given their valuable time to assist us in our mission and operations. This extraordinary service is helping feed thousands of children, families and seniors.

Food Bank Receives Highest Rating

Food Bank for the Heartland has been honored with a Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator for the eighth consecutive year. Charity Navigator is the nation’s largest evaluator of charities. They provide ratings for over 8,000 American charities based on sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency.

Only 2% of the charities rated have received 9 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.

To view the Food Bank’s rating, please visit:

Upcoming events

Meet Elizabeth

Food Bank Client
Food Bank for the Heartland

Meet Briana. Briana found help during hard times.

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Disaster Response & Recovery Plan

March 19, 2019
Food Bank for the Heartland

Food Bank for the Heartland’s Disaster Response and Recovery Plan

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Cocktails with the Cans

April 25, 2019
Food Bank for the Heartland

Please join us for cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and live music. There will also be a volunteer opportunity to assemble pantry packs that will be distributed to families affected by the flooding.

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