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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:

  1. Feeding those who need food in our 16 counties.
  2. 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. Until further notice, 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. Even better, make a donation now through May 28 to Give to Lincoln Day, and your gift will have even more impact, thanks to the Give to Lincoln match fund. Your gift helps us provide hope and sustenance for neighbors who were strangers to hunger and are now accessing our services for the first time.

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. 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. Click here to see our Distribution Schedule for Current Week

  • 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: David City Mobile Food Distribution (Auditorium, 699 Kansas St., from 11 a.m. to Noon, on 6/24)
    • Fillmore County: Fairmont Mobile Food Distribution (American Legion, 525 Jefferson St., from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., on 6/9);
    • Gage County: Wymore Mobile Food Distribution (McCandless Park, Corner of S. 14th & West G St., from 10 to 11 a.m., on 6/29); Beatrice Mobile Food Distribution (4-H Building in Beatrice, 1115 W. Court St., from Noon to 1 p.m., on 6/8);
    • Jefferson County: Fairbury Mobile Food Distribution (Jefferson Co. Fairgrounds, Noon to 1 p.m. on 6/10)
    • Johnson County: Tecumseh Mobile Food Distribution (First Baptist Church, 333 Jackson St., from Noon to 1 p.m. on 6/16)
    • Lancaster County: Waverly Mobile Food Distribution (Waverly Community Foundation, 11120 N. 141st. St., from 3 to 4 p.m. on 6/3, 6/18): Malcolm Mobile Food Distribution (Malcolm Public Schools, 10004 NW 112th St., from 10 to 11:00 a.m. on 6/27); Hickman Mobile Food Distribution (Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 6901 Panama Road, from 10 to 11:00 a.m. on 6/11)
    • Nemaha County: Peru Mobile Food Distribution (Water Tower Parking Lot, from Noon to 1 p.m., on 6/12)
    • Otoe County: Unadilla Mobile Food Distribution (Unadilla City Park, from 10 to 11 a.m., on 6/3); Nebraska City Mobile Food Distribution (Steinhart Park, 121 N. Steinhart Park Road, from Noon to 1 p.m., on 6/19)
    • Pawnee County: Pawnee City Mobile Food Distribution (Pawnee City High School, 729 E St., from 2 to 3:00 p.m., on 6/17); Steinauer Mobile Food Distribution (Knights of Columbus Hall, 605 3rd St., from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., on 6/23)
    • Polk County:  Osceola Mobile Food Distribution (Osceola City Park, off N. State St. from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., on 6/24)
    • Richardson County: Falls City Mobile Food Distribution (Prichard Auditorium, 312 W. 17th St., from Noon to 1 p.m., on 6/26); Humboldt Mobile Food Distribution (HTRS Public Schools, 810 Central Ave., from 10 to 11 a.m., on 6/4);
    • Saline County: Friend Mobile Food Distribution (Friend Christian Assembly, 105 Vine St., from 10 to 11 a.m., on 6/13); Crete Mobile Food Distribution (Butler Gym at Doane University, from Noon to 1 p.m., on 6/16); Wilber Mobile Food Distribution (Wilber-Claytonia Schools, 900 S. Franklin St., from 10 to 11 a.m., on 6/27)
    • Saunders County: Wahoo Mobile Food Distribution (National Guard Armory, 338 W. 15th St., from Noon to 1 p.m., on 6/22); Ashland Mobile Food Distribution (VFW, 102 S. 24th St., 3 to 4:00 p.m., on 6/11); Cedar Bluffs Mobile Food Distribution (St. Matthews Lutheran Church, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., on 6/11); Valparaiso Mobile Food Distribution (Saints Mary & Joseph Catholic Church, 637 Iver St., 10 to 11:00 a.m., on 6/15)
    • Seward County: Seward Mobile Food Distribution (St. John Lutheran Church, 919 N. Columbia, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., on 6/23); Beaver Crossing Mobile Food Distribution (United Methodist Church, 708 West St., from 10 to 11 a.m., on 6/18)
    • Thayer County: Hebron Mobile Food Distribution (Stastny Community Center, 1350 Dove Road, 11 a.m. to Noon, on 6/9); 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 6/5); 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 distribute 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 these 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.”

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