Outstanding team who is deeply committed to their values of serving with integrity, urgency and respect.
The Food Bank for the Heartland is passionate about their mission to eliminate hunger in Nebraska and western Iowa. Then need is greater than most of us know -- seniors having to chose between paying utilities or buying groceries, kids without enough food at home on the weekends, working parents struggling to make ends meet and feed a hungry family. Approximately 21,900 people receive emergency food assistance every week in the Food Bank's service area. As a board member, I have been deeply moved by stories of the lives touched by a helping hand from the Food Bank. In addition to their own programs, the Food Bank distributed over nine million pounds of food to local non-profit agencies, who then provide it directly to those in need. The Food Bank staff is committed to making every donation count -- three meals can be distributed for every $1 donated. I am so proud to be associated with this organization and the life-changing assistance they provide.
The Food Bank of the Heartland is one of the most committed, well-organized, and passionate charitable organizations in our state and the Midwest. Its role in distributing food to needy families and individuals in Nebraska and western Iowa cannot be overstated. It does more with less, making its dollars and effort go farther. Some of its most significant programs include the Kids Cafe, which provides evening meals to low-income children in the community at risk of going hungry, the BackPack Program, which provides backpacks of food to hungry children to get them through the weekend, and providing weekly food deliveries for senior citizens with limited financial resources. The Food Bank's drive to providing food to people in need and to eliminating hunger make it a vital member of our community and state.
I've been on the board for 19 years. It has grown from a small food bank to a very significant participant in food distribution to the hungry in all of Nebraska and the western third of Iowa. Among its fine programs are its Kids Cafes and Bank Pack initiatives which insure that school children begin to have enough to eat. When kids are hungry, they do not learn. I think the staff and leadership are outstanding and very much understand about feeding the hungry. I'm proud to be a part.