Food Bank/Food Rescue

Mid-Nebraska Food Bank

The Mid-Nebraska Food Bank covers 31 counties in central and western Nebraska and distributes nearly 450,000 pounds of food a year. Counties served include: Adams, Buffalo, Chase, Clay, Custer, Dawson, Dundy, Franklin, Frontier, Furnas, Garfield, Gosper, Hall, Hamilton, Harlan, Hitchcock, Howard, Kearney, Keith, Lincoln, Merrick, Norton, Nuckolls, Perkins, Phelps, Phillips, Red Willow, Sherman, Valley, and Webster.

The Mid-Nebraska Food Bank serves two types of charities:

1. Emergency Food Pantries where people needing assistance can pick up food for their own use.

2. Organizations that serve meals on site. This list includes residential treatment centers, day care centers, senior centers and homeless programs. The charities benefit as they only need to arrange transportation to one location to access a variety of products.  Depending on the charities, they can save 10-50% of their annual budget through utilizing the Food Bank.

Monetary and food donations are essential maintaining the Food Bank operations. If you would like to donate please click here:

All donations are tax deductible and will be used to maintain Food Bank operations.

The food bank is a member of the Nebraska Food Bank Network, which contact food retailers and wholesalers for donations of unmarketable but nutritious food.  The Food Bank also receives and distributes food through The Emergency Food Distribution Program (TEFAP). This is a federal program that helps supplement the diets of low-income Americans, including elderly people, by providing them with emergency food and nutrition assistance at no cost. Through TEFAP, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) purchases USDA Foods, including processing and packaging, and makes it available to State Distributing Agencies.  The TEFAP food is then distributed to local pantries, who distribute it to the families and individuals who need it.Contact Rae Lynn Johnson at (308) 865-5683 for more information.

Who we are:

The Mid-Nebraska Food Bank addresses the emergency food needs in our communities and helps to prevent food waste. We collect food and paper items from donations from individuals such as manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers. These are items that would otherwise be thrown away because of mislabeling, overstock, and/or discounted items. Thanks to the Food Bank and the agencies it serves we are able to help individuals get the assistance they need to help feed families in crisis. Customers benefit from donors that care enough to give.

Mid-Nebraska Food Bank staff are trained and equipped to handle food according to food industry standards. We operate under a permit issued by the State of Nebraska Food Bank Network and as a secondary Distribution Organization inspected by the Nebraska Food Bank Network according the guidelines established by Second Harvest. Second Harvest is a national network of Food Banks for which we receive necessary training and assistance, as well as about 80% of our annual food donations.

How does my organization become a member of the Food Bank?

To become a member please fill out the forms below:

Food Safety PowerPoint and quiz link

Civil Rights Training

Civil Rights Certificate

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

Food Rescue Program

Community Action Partnership of Mid-Nebraska’s Food Bank started a Food Rescue Program to collect food from area retailers. In 2011, 453,589 pounds of food were collected from area retailers by utilizing the Food Bank’s refrigerator truck which was acquired from a grant provided by Feeding America, the National Food Bank Network. That was an average of 37,800 pounds of food collected monthly.

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.

In the last 12 months of the program, 682,332 pounds of food were collected from area retailers and distributed to those most in need.  That is an average of 54,000 pounds of food collected monthly.

Thank you to the Walmarts in Grand Island, Hastings, Lexington, Kearney, North Platte and McCook as well as Sam’s Club, Target (Kearney), and Family Fresh Market (Kearney) 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.”