Health & Hunger Resources
The impact of COVID-19 on our work, partners and communities.
The Food Bank of Lincoln continues to monitor developments regarding the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in our community and service area. The situation changes by the hour, and we’ll adjust accordingly. We are committed to feeding neighbors facing food insecurity. COVID-19 forces us to shift our mindset about how we’ve done our work in the past to what needs to be done today to ensure we can continue to do as much good for as long as we can into the future. Plans continue to take shape quickly to ensure food insecure neighbors across our 16-county service area continue to have access to food. We know this is important to you. It’s important to us as well.
The Food Bank of Lincoln’s current priorities are:
- Feeding those who need food in our 16 counties.
- Keeping our staff and volunteers safe.
All of these decisions are incredibly difficult to make, but we made them believing they are in the best interest of our priorities (see above).
Food Donations. Until further notice, we will not accept food donations. If you bring food to the Food Bank, we will have to refuse it, to be safe. As a result, we ask that you not start a food drive for the Food Bank at this time. We will welcome those food drives again in the future.
Volunteer Activity. Effective Monday, March 23, we will no longer allow volunteers in our building (4840 Doris Bair Circle) and at off-site food distribution sites run by the Food Bank.
Right now, the best way to help is with a financial gift through our website if possible. You can do that right here. We are grateful for every $1, because for every $1, we can distribute 3 meals to our neighbors in need. And those neighbors need our help. They need your help.
If you are corporate or individual looking to make a major financial donation or would like to host a virtual food drive, please contact John Mabry, development director, or by calling 402-466-8170, ext. 110.
Outside Visitors. Beginning Monday, March 23 and until further notice, the Food Bank administrative offices and Distribution Center will be closed to all outside visitors, except for scheduled appointments with partner agencies, contract business representatives and other approved guests.
Getting Food to Neighbors in Southeast Nebraska
All of our Mobile Pantry Distributions and School Food Market distributions will be pre-packed bags, according to low-contact-no-contact best practices.
- Lincoln-area. We will temporarily halt all BackPack Program activity after our distributions scheduled to occur on Friday, March 20. We will temporarily halt regularly scheduled School Food Markets and identify a new schedule designed to get to all areas of the community. The LPS Emergency Pantry remains closed while schools are closed. Visit this LPS site for information about additional meal distributions they currently offer.
- Rural service area. We will offer service as follows in our rural communities.
- Butler County: Mobile Food Distribution in David City (Auditorium, 699 Kansas St., from 11 a.m. to Noon, on 3/25, 4/22, 5/27)
- Fillmore County: Mobile Food Distribution in Fairmont (American Legion, 525 Jefferson St., from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., on 4/14, 5/12); BVCA in Geneva
- Gage County: Beatrice Mobile Food Distribution (4-H Building in Beatrice, 1115 W. Court St., from Noon to 1 p.m., on 4/13, 5/11); and Community and Emergency Pantry in Beatrice
- Jefferson County: Fairbury Mobile Food Distribution (Jefferson Co. Fairgrounds, Noon to 1 p.m., on 4/8, 5/13)
- Johnson County: Tecumseh Mobile Food Distribution (First Baptist Church, 333 Jackson St., from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., on 4/7, 5/5)
- Nemaha County: Peru Mobile Food Distribution (AWAC Bldg. on the PSC campus, from Noon to 1 p.m., on 4/10, 5/8); Project Response in Auburn
- Otoe County: Nebraska City Mobile Food Distribution (United Methodist Church, 1023 1st Ave., from Noon to 1 p.m., on 3/20, 4/17, 5/15); and Osage Saint Paul Pantry in Cook
- Pawnee County: Steinauer Mobile Food Distribution (Knights of Columbus Hall, 605 3rd St., from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., on 3/24, 4/28, 5/26)
- Polk County: Osceola Mobile Food Distribution (Osceola School Auditorium on Grant St., from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., on 3/25, 4/22, 5/27)
- Richardson County: Falls City Mobile Food Distribution (Prichard Auditorium, 312 W. 17th St., from Noon to 1 p.m., on 3/27, 4/20, 5/22); SENCA in Falls City
- Saline County: Crete Mobile Food Distribution (Butler Gym at Doane University, from Noon to 1 p.m., on 4/21, 5/19)
- Saunders County: Cedar Bluffs Mobile Food Distribution (St. Matthews Lutheran Church, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., on 5/14); Wahoo Mobile Food Distribution (National Guard Armory, 338 W. 15th St., from Noon to 1 p.m., on 3/23, 4/27, 5/18)
- Seward County: Seward Mobile Food Distribution (St. John Lutheran Church, 919 N. Columbia, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., on 3/23, 4/28, 5/26); Christ’s Cupboard Food Pantry
- Thayer County: Hebron Mobile Food Distribution (Stastny Community Center, 1350 Dove Road, 11 a.m. to Noon, on 3/14, 4/12, 5/12); BVCA in Hebron
- York County: York Mobile Food Distribution (East Hill Community Church of Christ, 1122 N. Delaware Ave., from Noon to 1 p.m., on 4/3, 5/1); BVCA in York
- Rural BackPack Partners. We are communicating with these partners and leaving it up to our individual BackPack coordinators and communities to determine how they might best get BackPack food distributed to students and families.
- Partner Agencies. We have many great partner agencies, but at present, we must rely on only a handful of them to help distributed the majority of our food: Catholic Social Services, Center For People in Need, Eastridge Church Pantry, Good Neighbor Center, the People’s City Mission Help Center and Salvation Army and The Gathering Place.
Requirements for anyone who attends a Food Distribution
To ensure this priorities are met, the following practices MUST be followed until further notice:
- Only one member per household, unless you have physical limitations.
- Maintain at least 6 feet between yourself and other individuals.
- All available food will be pre-bagged. You must take the complete bag without exception.
- We cannot and will not accept individual items back once they have been distributed.
- We will distribute food in a drive-thru model. Please note: We are taking the health and safety of our staff extremely seriously. Therefore, staff will not be allowed to carry product to or lift product into vehicles.
- Do not approach Food Bank tables or vehicles. We will designate a location within a safe distance where you can collect your bag of food.
- Do whatever YOU can do to help stop the spread of germs and disease, including these basic practices:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Please respect one another. We are all doing the very best we can.
A personal message from Food Bank Executive Director Scott Young:
“Our leadership has had several meetings and our staff has been meeting daily. You all know what the questions are. None of us know what all of the answers are.
We are sorry for these painful changes and hope the time it takes to get back to regular operations is short. Our decisions are made through a triage lens. Nobody wants to look through that lens. But these times call for that view.
All of us are in an emergency situation and tasked with trying to make do with less people and resources. In our perfect world, we would not be making the decisions listed above. All of you are important, whether you are community partners, volunteers, donors or staff.
We are making these difficult decisions based on our current priorities and capacities. We are all in this together, and we will get through it together. Thank you.”
Health Information & Additional Resources
- COVID-19 FAQs
- Nebraska DHHS COVID-19 Info
- Print materials/signage from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Lancaster County Health Department
- Language Assistance Services (from the CDC)
- Lincoln Public Schools Health Services – COVID-19
- Catholic Social Services
- Center For People in Need
- Eastridge Church Pantry
- Good Neighbor Center
- People’s City Mission Help Center
- Salvation Army
- Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach
- Granite City (Lincoln) offering free sack lunches for children