Since our founding in 1982, we’ve been focused on our mission to alleviate hunger in Southeast Nebraska.
From sun up to sun down (and even longer), our dedicated team, volunteers and partner agencies work together to put food on the tables of neighbors in need, right here at home. The Food Bank of Lincoln is a proud member of Feeding America.
We serve 16 counties in Southeast Nebraska: Polk, York, Fillmore, Thayer, Butler, Seward, Saline, Jefferson, Saunders, Lancaster, Gage, Otoe, Johnson, Pawnee, Nemaha and Richardson.
Within these 9,200 square miles, an estimated 48,100 people are food insecure, including 13,040 children under the age of 18. This means 1 in 10 neighbors—and 1 in 8 children—may not have reliable and consistent access to enough food to live active, healthy lives.
To alleviate hunger in Southeast Nebraska.
Nourishing our communities to end hunger.
We aspire to be empathetic, to empower one another, show authentic kindness and prioritize dignity.
We aspire to be collaborative with each other, neighbors we serve, partners and the community at large. We will seek win-win-win solutions.
We aspire to be completely accountable to our community, neighbors, donors, volunteers, staff and Board to do our best to alleviate hunger in Southeast Nebraska.
We aspire to educate our community, stakeholders and ourselves about issues that create hunger and about programs that alleviate hunger. We will seek new solutions.
We aspire to embrace all races, genders, including gender identity and expressions, religions, sexual orientations, economic levels, ages, physical abilities, job statuses and marital statuses in everything we do.
How We Alleviate Hunger
In fiscal year 2023, we connected neighbors in Southeast Nebraska to more than 10.2 million meals. A variety of programs, partnerships and services, along with support from friends like you helps make that possible.
The Food Bank of Lincoln, Inc. opened its doors at 3642 Adams St., a small garage-sized building.
The Food Bank’s first full operating year resulted in 405,988 pounds of food or approximately 317,170 meals.
The Food Bank moved to a new location, 57th and Russell Drive, which was approximately 7,000 sq. ft.
The organization moved to its third location, 4840 Doris Bair Circle, with nearly triple the space.
The Food Bank hired Scott Young as Executive Director.
BackPack Program launched at Clinton Elementary School, serving 50 children.
The Food Bank Board made a conscious effort to “step on the gas” during the recession, rather than adopting a conservative stance.
The Food Bank hired its first SNAP (Food Stamp) Outreach worker.
The first School Food Market was held, serving 117 students at Lincoln High School.
The Food Bank began leasing 17,000 sq. ft. to house its growing Child Hunger Programs and the Vocational Opportunities in Community Experience Program, now Independence Academy.
With a focus on shortening food lines, the Food Bank added Bridges Out of Poverty to its educational programs.
Lincoln Fresh launched and distributed 108,647 pounds of fresh produce to 12,985 people in low-income areas in its inaugural year.
Connected neighbors to more than 11.5 million meals, which included our single-largest month of meals in response to COVID-19.
After serving as the Food Bank of Lincoln’s Executive Director for nearly 20 years, Scott Young retired. The Board of Directors selected Michaella Kumke to lead the Food Bank as President and CEO.
Connected neighbors to 13.3 million meals, a record for the Food Bank of Lincoln.
After a capital campaign to raise over $10 million for the construction of a modern and more efficient facility, the Food Bank of Lincoln moves to its fourth location, 1221 Kingbird Rd. The new facility will enable the Food Bank to connect more people to more meals, increase access to healthy food and shorten food lines.
Launched Hometown Fresh, a walk-through mobile food pantry committed to serving neighbors with limited access to food resources.