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Food Bank for the Heartland

aka Food Bank for the Heartland   |   Omaha, NE   |  www.FoodBankHeartland.org

Mission

To eliminate hunger in the Heartland by ensuring consistent access to healthy foods through community partnerships.

Ruling year info

1983

President and CEO

Mr Brian Barks

Main address

10525 J Street

Omaha, NE 68127 USA

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Formerly known as

Nebraska Food Bank Network

EIN

47-0637701

NTEE code info

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Hunger exists in all 93 counties served by Food Bank for the Heartland. 171,970 people in Food Bank for the Heartlands service area are facing food insecurity, including 1 in 9 children. In Lyon County, Iowa, where the overall food insecurity rate is the lowest in our service area, 1 in 25 individuals, including 1 in 22 children, is still facing hunger.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Food Distribution

Food Bank for the Heartland works with 555 Network Partners, including pantries, mobile pantries, schools, churches, emergency shelters, and other non-profit organizations to ensure consistent access to nutritious food. The Food Bank sources food nationally through its affiliation with Feeding America, donors, and food manufacturers. The Food Bank also collects food locally through food drives and from local manufacturers, distributors and grocery stores. Food is distributed to low-income people in 77 Nebraska counties and 16 western Iowa counties through its Network Partners. Food also is delivered to individuals and families via programs designed and operated by the Food Bank such as the Kids BackPack Program, Kids Cafe, Mobile Pantries and SNAP Outreach. The Food Bank started on November 2, 1981 in a 9,000 square foot warehouse serving 21 agencies. In FY 2023, utilizing a 78,000 square foot warehouse, the Food Bank distributed 26.7 million pounds of food.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Kids Cafe is one of the nations largest free-meal service programs for children, serving meals to kids in partnership with organizations that offer a safe environment after school and during the summer months. The Food Bank distributed a total of 109,066 meals during the FY 2023 program year. We provided an average of 1,975 meals each week to 15 sites around the Omaha metro area as part of the Kids Cafe After School Program, and 2,655 meals each week to 8 sites during the Kids Cafe Summer Feeding Program.

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children

The BackPack Program, a partnership with area schools, offers packs of weekend breakfasts and lunches to elementary school children. Each week during the '22-'23 school year, 8,357 packs, equaling 33,428 meals, of easy-to-prepare or ready-to-eat nutritious food were distributed to children in 252 schools across 112 school districts in Nebraska and western Iowa. In total, 1,270,264 meals were distributed to children during the '22-'23 school year through this program. BackPack meals are assembled by Food Bank volunteers using food purchased by the Food Bank.

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children
Economically disadvantaged people

The Mobile Pantry Program delivers fresh and shelf-stable food directly to communities with a high need but limited food resources. These one-day, recurring drive-through distribution events are free to attend. Community packs include various shelf-stable items. Other items distributed can include assorted fresh produce and bakery items. In FY 2023, the Food Bank hosted 403 Mobile Pantry Events in 51 counties, distributing more than 2.6 million meals and helping 69,030 households.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Food Bank for the Heartlands SNAP Outreach (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) team helps families and individuals navigate the application process, understand program benefits, and access additional community resources. As an equal-opportunity provider, our team helped submit 6,327 applications in Nebraska and 12,352 applications in Iowa in FY 2023. The Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) estimates that $1 in SNAP benefits generates $1.79 in economic activity at local retailers.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Accreditations

Charity Navigator 2011

Charity Navigator 2012

Charity Navigator 2013

Charity Navigator 2014

Charity Navigator 2015

Charity Navigator 2015

Charity Navigator 2016

Charity Navigator 2017

Charity Navigator 2018

Charity Navigator 2019

Charity Navigator 2020

Charity Navigator 2021

Charity Navigator 2022

Charity Navigator 2023

Awards

Silver Award - Integrity 2010

Better Business Bureau

Food Safety Certification 2013

AIB

Non-profit of the Year 2013

Non-Profit Leadership Alliance

Food Safety Certification 2015

AIB

Food Safety Certification 2018

AIB

Food Safety Certification 2020

AIB

Catalyst Award 2020

Non-Profit Association of the Midlands

External assessments

Evaluated via the Impact Genome Project (2019)

Affiliations & memberships

Feeding America 1986

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Pounds of food distributed to people in need across NE and IA

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Food Distribution

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Numbers of SNAP applications submitted and approved for funding

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

SNAP Outreach

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our mission is to eliminate hunger in the Heartland by ensuring consistent access to healthy foods through community partnerships. Our vision is to eliminate hunger in our communities. In everything we do, we serve with respect, integrity and urgency.

Individuals, businesses, foundations, governments, and other organizations donate food, funds, and
volunteer time. The Food Bank also purchases food to meet the high need. The Food Bank collects, stores, and prepares food for distribution to 555 Network Partners in 93 counties across Nebraska and western Iowa. The Food Bank distributes food to pantries, shelters, meal providers, mobile pantries, and child nutrition programs. Children, families, seniors, and veterans then receive critical nutrition that helps them thrive.

We do this through a "Regional Service Area" approach, leveraging partnerships to help us toward our goal of providing equitable distribution in a way that tailored to the communities we serve.

We are also implementing a comprehensive food sourcing plan that will allow us to manage costs, maximize food availability, provide consistent access to healthy food, and build the groundwork for additional expansion.

We're also focused on increasing our participation in advocacy efforts at the local, regional, state, and national levels.

Offices, Volunteer Center, and Warehouse/Distribution Center in Omaha, Nebraska; 83 paid staff and 39,800 volunteer hours; partnerships with Feeding America, Iowa Food Bank Association, and 555 pantries, meal providers, schools, emergency shelters, religious organizations and other non-profit organizations; the dedicated support of community.

FY 2023 Highlights:

1,517,962 individuals served across the Heartland.

26,757,685 pounds of food distributed to neighbors in need. That includes 6,800,223 pounds of fresh produce.

22,298,071 meals distributed across the Heartland.

1,379,330 childrens meals provided through the BackPack, Kids Cafe After School and Kids Cafe Summer Feeding Programs.

555 network partners, including pantries, mobile pantries, schools, churches, emergency shelters and other
non-profit organizations, to which the Food Bank distributes food.

403 mobile Pantry Events distributed 2,609,038 meals.

339,975 miles driven by the food bank fleet, covering our 78,000-square-mile service area.

$6,374,082 spent to purchase food for neighbors in need.

39,800 volunteer hours donated by individuals, corporations, and civic groups, the equivalent of nearly 20 full-time employees.

18,679 SNAP applications submitted through our Nebraska and Iowa SNAP outreach teams.

Financials

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Food Bank for the Heartland

Board of directors
as of 05/13/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Chad Werner

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska

Term: 2022 - 2024

Steve Wallace

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Susan Violi

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Brian Barks

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Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/10/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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