Hunger Free Heartland is an organization for change that builds collaborating partnerships to implement solutions to end childhood hunger.

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EDUCATE

Raising awareness of what hunger looks like and its root causes in Nebraska.

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ADVOCATE

Empowering people and organizations to reduce childhood food insecurity in their communities.

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BUILD CAPACITY

Strengthening communities to make lasting change in the lives of Nebraska children.

I didn't know I was hungry...

I didn’t know I was hungry even though I hadn’t eaten that day.

Food was not a friend to me.

    It was a foreign object at a store that I couldn’t afford.

When my stomach hurt through the emptiness calling out from my belly, I still didn’t know.

It growled and growled, but I couldn’t say anything because this feeling wasn’t new.

    This emptiness in my stomach was not new.

I was so used to being hungry that it wasn’t even hunger anymore; it was a way of life.

  But there’s nothing I can do about it.

    There’s no way to change it.

I’m just a child – a child looking up to a parent that has no money, no job, and three kids.

So for now I don’t mind not being hungry because realizing that you’re hungry means realizing that there’s a problem that you may not be able to fix.

    That you can’t afford to fix.

-Brettany M., former HFH Avenue Scholar