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Pitch in and together, we can achieve great things.

We are excited to celebrate the 15th anniversary of our Strike Out Hunger campaign!

Strike Out Hunger is a friendly competition among Heartland businesses to determine which companies can generate the most support through donations of funds, food, and volunteer time. Our online tools, support materials, and dedicated staff make the process easy, and the online scoreboard makes the competition fierce and fun!

The competition lasts the month of June and helps to feed children and families in Nebraska and western Iowa. Your support will help us provide nutritious food to thousands of families across our 93-county service area. Thank you!

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Food Bank for the Heartland volunteers

The bases are loaded.

This year’s campaign could not come at a better time. Although we have turned a corner on the pandemic, its lingering effects—paired with inflation and current economic hardships, mean that the need is more critical than ever. And having kids at home during summer vacation places additional strain on already tight family budgets and our area food pantries.

Nearly 207,000 of our neighbors are experiencing food insecurity—with 1 in 6 being children. During the entire month of June, your organization can make a difference in one or more of the following ways:

Virtual “Home Run” Funds Drive

Experience a convenient and effective way to feed neighbors in need. Your organization can make a lasting impact by collecting financial donations through our online portal. The Food Bank then uses your gift to purchase the most needed food items.

“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 brings awareness to the issue of food insecurity and creates a great team-building activity.

"all-star" volunteer shifts

Food Bank for the Heartland volunteers are the true MVPs. In FY 2021, our volunteers donated more than 32,000 service hours—the equivalent of approximately 15 full-time employees! Volunteers of all abilities are welcome.

EXTRA INNINGS—Your company can earn additional points by tagging Food Bank for the Heartland on your Strike Out Hunger social media posts! Learn more in the toolkit.


Reach out to our “umpire,” Jerlyn Światłowski via email or at 402.905.4819.

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Winners will be announced and awarded on July 21 during a special celebration at DJ’s Dugout in Aksarben.