Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition oversees the community-based participatory research effort of the Omaha Plan and is working to gain a sample of surveys that highlight how the efforts to reduce childhood food insecurity are impacting the community at large.
These days, schools are asked to be many things for students, one being a nutrition hub. For many students in Omaha, the only guaranteed place that they will be fed is at school, making our partnership with the Food Bank for the Heartland and Omaha Public Schools so incredibly critical. OPS provides a no-charge breakfast for all of its students, regardless of social economic status, and have implemented an alternative breakfast model in many of the elementary schools, allowing students to eat in their classrooms. The Food Bank for the Heartland provides weekend backpacks with non-perishable food items to students who need it the most in the OPS district and across the state of Nebraska. Also, in conjunction with OPS and other school Districts, they provide summer meals to kids so that kids don’t have to go hungry during the summer months. For more information about summer meals and breakfast programs, please click here.
The Food Bank for the Heartland and Hunger Collaborative (Heart Ministry, Together and Heartland Hope Mission) work to ensure that people who need support can find it through their doors. While food is just the catalyst, the Hunger Collaborative provides so much more. To learn more, visit foodbankheartland.org or hungercollaborative.org.
The newest partner to join this initiative, Douglas County Health Department works with specific neighborhood stores to help create healthier options and lower costs for the communities they serve. This project supports the owners of the stores by providing technical assistance and training (store layout/design, extending shelf life of perishable foods, etc.), in-store promotional materials, exterior promotional materials and in-store nutrition education opportunities through cooking demonstrations and customer taste testing.
Creighton Financial Hope Collaborative is a financial success program that works with low-income individuals and families. Economically disadvantaged families are at a higher risk for diminished access to food, especially fresh fruits and vegetables, and are more likely to experience food insecurity. When people learn how to manage their monthly cash flow, they are able to pay their bills on time, which saves an average of $78 a month in late bill fees. This savings can be used to buy food, create an emergency savings account or pay down debt.
Hunger Statistics and Resources
Child Hunger Ends Here Infographic
More than one in five kids in the U.S. live in households that don’t have consistent access to food throughout the year, and this is true for thousands of kids in the Omaha-Metro. ConAgra Foods Foundation leaders did the research, engaged community partners—like Hunger Free Heartland—and created a plan to mobilize the metro area toward becoming a place where no child worries about hunger. Download the infographic to learn more about the plan.
ConAgra Foods Omaha Sandbox
The ConAgra Foods Omaha Sandbox is an interactive map that pinpoints food pantries, Omaha Public School locations and healthy corner stores throughout the Omaha-Metro. Click to view.