More than 16 percent of individuals in the Omaha metro and 1 in 5 children are food insecure, meaning they may not know where their next meal will come from.
That's why we provide thousands of meals and grocery orders to our hungry neighbors and combat food insecurity in our metropolitan area.
The food pantry at the Burrows Center fills approximately 11,000 grocery orders each year. Clients have low to no income, and many are homeless or at risk of being homeless. The pantry offers nonperishable items, baked goods and fresh fruits and vegetables, ensuring that individuals and families can gather around their tables for a nutritious meal rather than go to bed with an empty stomach.
The North Community Care Kitchen, the Dora Bingel Center and the Kroc Community Feeding Program serve free or very low-cost meals to low-income and homeless individuals, families and older adults. These meal programs meet a great need in the Omaha metro for those struggling with a lack of food while also offering respite for many who might not otherwise have a chance to rest or connect with others.
With more than 40 percent of Nebraska children receiving free or reduced school lunches, the summer months are especially difficult for kids and their families who are at risk for hunger. To address this need, we partner with Food Bank for the Heartland to offer Kids Cruisin' Kitchen, a summer mobile lunch program that distributes nutritious lunches to school-aged children who might otherwise go hungry when they don't have access to school lunches.
Because the homeless and hungry are especially vulnerable during the harsh winter months, the Winter Night Watch mobile food distribution makes multiple stops at areas where the homeless congregate. Between December and March every year, we distribute approximately 14,000 hot meals to those in need across the Omaha metro.
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