Burke High, UNO Students Team Up to Explore Hunger in Omaha

Honors English students from Burke High School teamed up with UNO students to explore poverty and hunger in the Omaha Metro. The students met with clients at Together, a food pantry in eastern Omaha, to discuss the struggle individuals and families face climbing out of poverty.

University of Nebraska at OmahaFriday evening at 5:30 p.m. the students will showcase their reflections of the experience and dispel misconceptions related to poverty and hunger. The free event is titled “Voices of Hunger” and will be held at the Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center on the UNO campus.

“Omaha’s youth have an amazing grasp of where our community currently stands and where it needs to be in their future,” said Craig Howell, coordinator for The Hunger Collaborative. “The Voices of Hunger presentation brings poverty to life and exemplifies the insight of our youth today.”

The event, hosted by UNO Service Learning Academy, brings to life the statistics we often hear about when people discuss poverty issues.

“This project, rooted in curiosity and compassion, will help create the awareness that our community needs in order to take a stance and make a change in ending hunger and poverty,” explained Tiffany Jones, Hunger Free Heartland’s partnership coordinator.

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  • Event: Voices of Hunger presentation
  • When: Friday, April 1, 2016 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Where: UNO – Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center
    6001 Dodge Street
    Omaha, NE 68182
  • COST: Free and open to the general public


Hunger Free Heartland serves as the backbone organization leading the collective impact effort to decrease food insecurity, food insufficiency, and maladaptive hunger coping behaviors in household with children in Nebraska. HFH does this by convening organizations and people together to build community buy-in and bring the issue of food insecurity to the fore-front of the Nebraska landscape.

The Hunger Collaborative is a joined commitment to end hunger and homelessness in Omaha. The organization consists of Omaha’s three largest food pantries (Heartland Hope Mission; Heart Ministry Center; and Together), in partnership with The Food Bank for the Heartland.

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