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Kelly Ptacek Joins Food Bank as VP of External Affairs

Food Bank for the Heartland is proud to welcome Kelly Ptacek as our vice president of external affairs. She will oversee the Food Bank’s fundraising activities, communications, the volunteer program and advocacy. Ptacek succeeded Brian Barks, the current president and CEO, on September 4.

Ptacek has had an extensive career in in the nonprofit sector with experience in fundraising, advocacy and management. Prior to arriving at Food Bank for the Heartland, she spent 10 years working in university relations for Creighton University. Kelly is the recipient of the Sarah Emily and Mary Lucretia Creighton Award in 2014 and a member of Leadership Omaha Class #23.

“We are truly blessed to have Kelly as a part of the Food Bank team,” said Brian Barks. She brings with her a passion for our mission, a wealth of knowledge of our community and the fundraising profession.”


Order Holiday Cards from the Food Bank

Purchase holiday cards from Food Bank for the Heartland to send to your friends, family, teachers and clients to wish them a happy holiday while helping neighbors in need. It’s easy & meaningful!

For a requested donation of $10 per card, the Food Bank will hand address and personalize a card to everyone on your list. Prefer to send your own cards? Order a pack of 4 cards for $25.

Here’s how it works:

  • Make your list of names and addresses
  • Mail it, along with a completed form and your payment to Food Bank for the Heartland, 10525 J St, Omaha, NE 68127. Payment can also be made online at
  • Tell us how you want your cards signed. We’ll address and mail each card for you, informing each recipient that a gift has been made by you in their honor

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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 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:

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Meet Briana

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Meet Briana. Briana found help during hard times.

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Celebrity Chef 2019

March 7, 2019
Embassy Suites in La Vista

Join us for Celebrity Chef 2019: An Evening with Chef Tyler Florence

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Woodhouse BackPack Challenge

November, 2018
Food Bank for the Heartland

Woodhouse Auto Family is dedicated to feeding Heartland children in need through the Woodhouse BackPack Challenge. Donors who give $160 – the cost to sponsor one child in the BackPack program for the school year – will receive two tickets to the Woodhouse Celebration Concert on March 30, 2019, at the CHI Health Center Omaha featuring Old Dominion.

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