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Food Bank for the Heartland

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Emergency Assistance, Food, Food Banks & Pantries, Human Services

Mission: To eliminate hunger in Nebraska and Iowa

Results: In 2014 Food Bank for the Heartland distributed 16 million pounds of food to hungry people in Nebraska and Iowa, a 100% increase since 2009.

Target demographics: eliminate hunger.

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 25,000 different people find emergency food assistance in our service area each week.

Geographic areas served: Nebraska and western Iowa

Programs: emergency and supplemental food distribution, weekend food for children, after school meals and snacks, deliveries to seniors in low-income housing and food stamp assistance.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters



Rating: 5

I would like to thank Food Bank for the Heartland for giving me the opportunity to volunteer for their Kids' Cruisin Kitchen program. It was a terrific experience for me and the other volunteers. The program was very organized and provides such a valuable service to families in the Omaha community. I feel very fortunate to have been part of such a worthwhile program. The Food Bank is definitely making a difference in our community.



Rating: 5

I volunteered for the Kids Cruisin' Kitchen this summer. What a great program! The staff was knowledgeable and dedicated to the communities they served. The communities were so appreciative. We served over 200 lunches that day; it was humbling to realize how many children needed the food. It was nice to be able to offer food to parents as well.


Rating: 5

Foodbank for the Heartland does a great job collecting and distributing food and supplies to those in need. They act kind of like a wholesale company -- many of their clients are the groups actually feeding the hungry -- soup kitchens, churches and so on -- most of their work comes through collecting the food -- thus the word "bank" in the title.

Some of the programs go toward feeding the hungry directly too.

All in all, a great place to help out, a great cause to support.


Rating: 5

The need in the area is huge and the Food Bank for the Heartland is constantly striving to meet it. This organization covers a huge area and crosses state lines to provide food when and where it is needed. They watch the budget closely and make every dollar stretch.