August meeting update from the Food Bank of Lincoln

Scott Young and Alynn Sampson of the Food Bank of Lincoln spoke to the Nebraska Agribusiness Club during the August 20th meeting in Lincoln.

A 30-year-old non-profit organization that works to distribute food to 16 counties in Southeast Nebraska, is only the beginning of a description for the Food Bank of Lincoln.

According to Executive Director, Scott Young, the Food Bank helps to extend income, and help families move forward, out of poverty. In 2011, the group distributed over 8.2 million pounds of food – of which 6.8 million pounds was distributed in Lancaster County. The programs they discussed focused on childhood hunger programs – mobile/emergency pantries and the back pack program.

Below are a few surprising facts Scott and Alynn shared with club members:

  • Lincoln High and North Star High Schools in Lincoln has approximately 60% of the students receiving free and reduced lunches
  • Within the next five years, 50% of all students in Lincoln Public Schools will receive free and reduced lunches

Volunteers are always needed to help man the emergency and mobile pantries. Those interested in volunteering are expected to cover one, two hour drive a month.

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