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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.”


Volunteer Center Open House

Our volunteers are the heart of Food Bank for the Heartland. Without their generous support, the scope of our operations would be greatly impacted. We would be distributing less food and helping fewer families in need.

You are invited to the grand opening of Food Bank for the Heartland’s recently remodeled volunteer center. Enjoy light appetizers and drinks while you tour our expanded volunteer space and meet our new President and CEO Brian Barks.

Thursday, October 25, 2018
4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Ribbon Cutting at 5:15 p.m.
Food Bank for the Heartland
10525 J Street
Omaha, NE 68127

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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:

Upcoming events

Meet Briana

Food Bank Client
Food Bank for the Heartland

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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Taste the Season: The Nebraska Way

October 17, 2018

Celebrate the Nebraska Way! Honorary Chairs Kim and Jim Simon, along with the Food Bank for the Heartland Friends, invite your support in presenting Taste the Season: The Nebraska Way featuring Omaha World-Herald writers, Sarah Baker-Hansen and Matthew Hansen, authors of The Better Half: Nebraska’s Hidden Treasures.

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