Lincoln Food Bank serves 13.2 million meals, sets new record
In a pandemic year, The Food Bank of Lincoln broke a new record, serving millions of pounds of meals.
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — In a pandemic year, The Food Bank of Lincoln broke a new record, serving millions of pounds of meals.
The Food Bank of Lincoln finished its fiscal year on June 30th, giving 13.2 million meals to local families. The previous record was 11.5 million last year, showing that the need for food has grown in the Capital City.
“We’re still definitely responding to the pandemic and seeing that demand from neighbors and their food insecurity and doing our best to rise to meet that need,” said Michaella Kumke, president and CEO.
Kumke says their main focus is continuing to provide fresh produce for families, serving over 5 million pounds last season.
Now, the food bank prepares to move as they’ve outgrown their current space of 30 thousand square feet. They are building one double the size with a larger freezer to hold all the food coming in.
“Remember that the Food Bank and food banks across the country cannot sustain this level of output,” said Kumke. “It’s truly unrealistic and so it has to be a comprehensive approach that involves good policy, and support from across the community.”
Kumke says a big reason they were able to give so much food was recent policy changes.
“Were grateful to legislators who bumped up snap support by 35%, a volunteer says now is the time to get active in your community,” said Kumke.
A volunteer says now is the time to get active in the community.
“I’m meeting people every day,” said Diana Good, a volunteer. “I just got started this spring as we were able to start going out with the Lincoln fresh truck again and now I’m here inside the food bank I’ve been helping out with LPS and getting kindergartners ready to go to school there are 100 ways you can get involved.”