Food Bank for the Heartland was featured in the NBC News Special Report: Coronavirus Pandemic that aired nationally on April 7, 2020.
“In an average month, Brian Barks, the CEO of Food Bank for the Heartland, spends about $73,000 buying food to distribute to people in need across Nebraska and western Iowa. Last month, as the coronavirus was spreading across the U.S., he spent $675,000.
That’s a nearly tenfold increase, because Food Bank for the Heartland, like food banks and pantries across the country, is facing a steep drop-off in the bread and butter of its operations: food donated by supermarkets and farms.”
Small businesses across the United States are experiencing the effects of an unexpected coin shortage due to less foot traffic and customers not wanting to handle cash or loose change. In recognition of the coin shortage, Cubby’s Convenience Stores has partnered with Food Bank for the Heartland and Feeding South Dakota to collect and donate loose change to feed families in need. Any customer visiting a Cubby’s Convenience Store in Nebraska, Iowa, and South Dakota can donate change or round up to the nearest dollar on their transaction.
During such a time of uncertainty, it is rewarding to know that pennies can make a difference to small businesses and banks in your community. Next time you say, “keep the change,” it will have a whole new meaning for families throughout the Midwest who benefit from the services of Feeding South Dakota and Food Bank for the Heartland.
As part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farmers to Families Food Box Program, Food Bank for the Heartland is scheduled to begin receiving food boxes on Thursday, May 28. These critical food resources will be distributed to individuals and families in need across Nebraska and western Iowa through the Food Bank’s network of pantries and its Mobile Pantry program.
In the first week the Food Bank is scheduled to received 3,840 protein boxes from Cargill plants in Nebraska and 1,760 cases of fresh produce from C&C Produce in Kansas City, Missouri. Each protein box contains 5 lbs. of ground sausage and 5 lbs. of hot dogs. Each fresh produce box contains 26 lbs. of mixed fruits and vegetables.
The Food Bank will begin distributing these boxes on June 1 to Omaha pantries Together and Heart Ministry Center to fulfill their protein and produce needs. The produce boxes will also be distributed through the Food Bank’s Mobile Pantry program at distributions starting June 2.
Join the Peanut Butter & Jelly Challenge sponsored by Friends of the Food Bank! Help by dropping off plastic jars of peanut butter and jelly at Food Bank for the Heartland or donating.Learn more
In continuing to prioritize health and safety of our partners, clients, volunteers and employees, Food Bank for the Heartland is closely monitoring the rapidly changing situation concerning the possible community transmission of COVID-19.Learn more
September is Hunger Action Month, a month where people all over the United States stand together with the Feeding America network to fight hunger.Learn more