September is Hunger Action Month and the Food Bank for the Heartland is one of working hard to make sure that people in Nebraska don’t go to bed hungry. Communications Manager Angie Grote says they are part of the Feeding America’s network that helps stock the shelves of food pantries and shelters in 93 counties.
Grote says, “We act as a clearing house and we source food from different partners and have a network of partners in the community. Organizations like food pantries, emergency shelters, schools and we distribute food to these organizations all across Nebraska and western Iowa.”
The Food Bank for the Heartland has partners across the state. Grote says rural communities do not have as many pantries or food sources so their struggles are a bit different than those living in urban areas.
It is estimated that more than 209,000 in their service area are food insecure and nearly 80,000 of them are children.
Those visiting Omaha in the next few days will see a symbol of support for hunger awareness. Grote says, “WoodmenLife Tower in Omaha’s skyline will be lit orange to raise awareness for food insecurity in Nebraska and western Iowa September 4th through the 6th because orange is the color for hunger awareness.”
During Hunger Action Month, Nebraskans are urged to get involved this month and help fight hunger by organizing a food drive or helping out at a local food pantry.