It was nearly one year ago that ConAgra Foods announced they would be relocating their company headquarters from Omaha to Chicago. Chris Kircher is Vice President of Corporate Affairs and President of the ConAgra Foods Foundation and says they still have a huge presence in Omaha and will continue to support the annual Shine the Light on Hunger Campaign throughout the holiday season.
ConAgra Foods will continue to support the community ice skating rink but will be moving it from their campus to 10th and Capitol Streets. That is a temporary site for this year only and the rink will permanently move across the street to the new Capitol District in 2017.
The ice rink drew nearly 16,000 skaters last year. ConAgra Foods donates 100% of the proceeds collected at the rink to the Food Bank and matches the donations dollar-for-dollar up to $100,000. Skaters are also encouraged to donate non-perishable items in collection barrels located at the rink and throughout the Omaha metro area. In 2015, 144,696 pounds of non-perishable food and $447,805 in cash gifts were collected. The food and funds provide more than 1.4-million meals to those in hunger.
The Food Bank for the Heartland Director of Communications Brian Barks says, “Shine the Light on Hunger is a key component to the Food Bank which is distribute emergency and supplemental food to people in need in Nebraska and western Iowa. And again, this is a key component to what we do during the holiday season. So again we are grateful for the commitment and partnership and that it will continue at a great new location.”
The Food Bank for the Heartland collects and distributes food to 245 schools and 285 non-profit organizations in both states. They help stock the shelves of local food pantries, emergency shelters and meal providers.