September is Hunger Action Month and the Food Bank of the Heartland in Omaha continues to build food security throughout Nebraska and southwest Iowa. Communications Manager Angie Grote says they want to spread the word that there are thousands of Nebraskans and Iowans that don’t know where their next meal is coming from.
Grote says, “Here in the heartland, more than 220,000 people are considered food insecure which means they don’t know where their next meal is coming from. Over 87,000 are children.”
The Food Bank for the Heartland is one of 200 food banks in Feeding America’s network taking part in Hunger Action Month. They help stock the shelves of food pantries in 93 counties in Nebraska and western Iowa. Grote says the public’s help is needed during September to promote hunger awareness. She says people can volunteer at the distribution center, food pantries, organize a food drive and spread the message through social media.
The WoodmenLife Tower downtown Omaha is partnering with the Food Bank for the Heartland in raising awareness. They are lighting the tower orange through September 9th. Grote says ConAgra Foods is lighting their fountain on their Omaha campus orange to also show support.