Strike Out Hunger 2021

Pitch in! Together, we can stop hunger. Now in its 14th year, Food Bank for the Heartland’s annual Strike Out Hunger campaign has played a key role in our ability to address food insecurity across Nebraska and western Iowa throughout the summer months.

More children, seniors, families, and veterans than ever before are experiencing food insecurity—many for the first time. There is still much work to do—and we still need your help! As many organizations continue to operate with remote staff, and with a focus on safety, we invite you to participate in a reimagined Strike Out Hunger campaign this year. While the format looks a bit different from previous years, your participation will still make a lasting impact!

Click here to download the 2021 Strike Out Hunger Toolkit
Click here to download the 2021 Strike Out Hunger Participation Form

This year, there are three ways to participate:

1. Host a virtual “Home Run” Funds Drive. This is a safe, convenient, and effective way to feed our neighbors in need. This year, your organization may collect financial donations through our Strike Out Hunger online portal. Food Bank for the Heartland then uses your gift to purchase the most needed food items for our neighbors in need. Through our relationships with food producers and other partners, we are able to purchase food by the semi and provide more than could otherwise be collected. It is a safe and modern way to make a difference! Click here to get started!

2. Host a “Grand Slam” Food Drive. Peanuts and Cracker Jacks are great, but there’s always a need to cover the bases with staples like peanut butter, macaroni and cheese, and canned fruits and vegetables. Hosting a food drive through your organization brings awareness to the issue of hunger in our community, provides these valuable resources to help address the need, and creates a great team-building activity. Boxes for collection are provided by the Food Bank. Click here to learn more in the toolkit.

3. Be an “All-Star Team” and volunteer! Food Bank for the Heartland could not carry out its critical mission without the generosity of our volunteers. They are truly our MVPs! From March 15, 2020, to March 31, 2021, volunteers generously donated 28,982 hours­—the equivalent of approximately 15 full-time employees! Volunteers of all abilities are welcome. Swing for the fences and sign up a group from your organization today. Click here to learn more in the toolkit.

With your help, Food Bank for the Heartland distributed more than 38 million meals since March 15, 2020—an 89 percent increase over the average of the previous four years!

We are encouraged by signs of relief and are hopeful for a return to a new normal. However, we know that the impacts of COVID-19 upon those facing food insecurity across the heartland will linger well beyond the pandemic. With the end of the school year fast approaching, families will soon face the burden of paying for additional meals during the summer months, resulting in added strain on our local food pantries.

Your continued support will help get healthy food to thousands of families across the heartland. Thank you for joining us in the fight against hunger. Let’s play ball!