Community Action Food Bank
We are excited to announce a new initiative for our Food Bank.
According to the 2016 Community Action of Nebraska State and Regional Report, 1 in 3 individuals reported issues with affordable utilities, food, and clothing. Food deserts continue to be a pressing need in our rural areas where there are few to no local grocery stores for a considerable distance.
With this in mind, Community Action Partnership of Mid-Nebraska is excited to launch our Mobile Produce Pantry in Buffalo County. This initiative is in partnership with Feeding America – Food Bank for the Heartland with pilot funding support through the Walmart Foundation, the Community Services Block Grant, and Kearney Area Community Foundation. The Mobile Produce Pantry will utilize our refrigerated truck to travel to various Buffalo County communities providing fresh produce to families and seniors in need at no charge.
The first Mobile Produce Pantry was held in Kearney on July 18, 2017 at our Food Bank location at 114 East 11th Street. We served 158 Households with 437 Individuals and distributed 3,589 lbs of produce and 1,264 lbs of donated items for local grocery stores.
As of the end of December, 2017, our Mobile Produce Pantries for Buffalo County served 3,718 individuals and averaged 338 people per event. We distributed over 51,000 pounds of food. Volunteer and community support has been essential to the success of this new program. For 2018, we expect to distribute over 130,000 pounds of food. We also have expanded the Mobile Produce Pantry to Holdrege and Minden.
For the latest Mobile Produce Pantry schedule check out our Community Events page at http://communityactionmidne.com/mobile-produce-pantry/.
All donations are tax deductible and will be used to maintain Food Bank operations. If you would like to make a donation, please click on the donation button at the top right of this page. If you would like to donate your time or resources to the Food Bank, please contact our Nutritional Services Director, Rae Lynn Johnson at (308) 865-5683 for more information.
Who we are:
The Food Bank addresses the emergency food needs in our communities and helps to prevent food waste. Food that is donated to the Food Bank is distributed to individuals, families, and local pantries and organizations. Food received from Food Bank of the Heartland is donated directly to individuals.
Food Bank staff are trained and equipped to handle food according to food industry standards.
Food Rescue Program
Community Action Partnership of Mid-Nebraska’s Food Bank started a Food Rescue Program to collect food from area retailers.
The Food Bank also started an outreach program to distribute the food collected to area shelters, food pantries, soup kitchens, senior centers, low income housing authorities and low income individuals participating in the Commodity Supplemental Food Program.
Thank you to the area grocery stores for their generosity in participating in the Food Rescue Program. These donations help meet pressing hunger needs in our area and also prevents food waste.
Food Bank Success Story:
submitted by one of our customers
“I never thought that I would ever have to rely on anyone for assistance as I got older. I thought that I had provided for any expenses that I would need, however; I miscalculated health care and prescription costs when my health deteriorated after several falls. Your program gives me a sense of security that I need at this time. For most of the last two years, I have been unable to get out to drive or shop so having staples on hand is a big help. When I can’t get fresh fruit or fresh vegetables, the canned canned foods and dry and canned milk are a good source to use. I am eternally grateful for the assistance you have provided me during this period of ill health and isolation.”