Food Bank of Lincoln distributes nearly 1.4 million meals during the holiday season

Also asking for volunteers to help sort and pack food

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The Food Bank of Lincoln had a busy holiday season giving out food to people in need. The Food Bank gave nearly 1.4 million meals in the months of November and December.

The Food Bank says nearly 230,000 people in Nebraska are food insecure.

According to President/CEO Michaella Kumke, the number of meals given out this year was close to previous years but less than what they gave out last year in the heart of the pandemic.

What the Food Bank calls a meal isn’t necessarily what people would think of when they hear the word meal. For the Food Bank, they say a meal is 1.2lbs of food items given out to people in need. That may include canned protein, fresh produce, bread and dairy vouchers, peanut butter and jelly, etc.

She said they wouldn’t be able to distribute all of those meals without help from volunteers.

“We are looking for volunteers to help sort those items, everything from the containers to make sure they’re still within the healthy consumption of those goods [and] cans aren’t dented in any way.  We want to make sure that we’re putting good product back out into the communities.  So we need volunteers coming in to help us sort through those items and also pack bags for backpacks or for seniors and different programs like that.”

The Food Bank is also on schedule to move to their new location in Northwest Lincoln and plan to make that move sometime in the spring.

If you want to volunteer with the Food Bank you can visit their website here to find out how.

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