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We're partnering with Food Bank for the Heartland to provide free meals to children.
In Nebraska, 1 in 6 children is considered food insecure, which means they might not know where they will get their next meal. Summer is a particularly challenging time because kids aren’t eating meals in school and parents often struggle with additional food and child care costs.
More than 40 percent of children in Nebraska receive free or reduced-price school lunches. In some schools, these numbers climb as high as 80 or 90 percent. Families must seek other resources for meals when school is out of session.
We’ve teamed up with Food Bank for the Heartland on a mobile food service just for kids. Each summer, Kids Cruisin’ Kitchen food trucks make the rounds in the Omaha metro, visiting parks, playgrounds, libraries, apartment complexes and elementary schools to ensure that kids ages 18 years and younger get the nutritious food they need.
We repurpose four mobile food distribution units, normally used for disaster relief, to deliver meals to 16 sites throughout the Omaha metro area Monday through Friday from early June through mid-August. Approximately 81,000 meals are distributed by Kids Cruisin’ Kitchen to children in need each summer.
“Many of us do not think about hunger during the summer, but it can be a critical time for families who are struggling financially,” said Brian Barks, president and CEO of Food Bank for the Heartland.
“Children are not in school, and parents must factor additional food and child care costs into their budgets that are already strained.
Kids Cruisin’ Kitchen is providing vital meals to combat summer hunger for children.”