Food Bank for the Heartland
Food Bank for the Heartland is the largest food bank in Nebraska and Iowa, serving 93 counties in the two-state region.
Feeding the vulnerable
Founded in 1981 and headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, Food Bank for the Heartland distributes food to 460 food pantries, schools, emergency shelters and other nonprofit partners. It operates its own programs that serve vulnerable populations directly, including Kids Café, BackPack, Mobile Pantry, SNAP and Kids Cruisin’ Kitchen. As the number of hungry children, families and seniors increases, these programs expand to meet the growing need.
The BackPack program supported by Lincoln Financial Foundation has grown from feeding 250 children each week in 1999 to feeding 8,400 children weekly today. It provides child-friendly, nutritious food to elementary school-aged children who are in danger of going without food over the weekend. Two breakfasts, two main meals and two fruit snacks are included in each food pack, which are slipped discretely into the participants’ back packs each Friday before they go home.