Families in Lincoln are struggling - some are facing hunger for the first time - due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This month, join us in supporting Feeding America and food banks and pantries (like us) across the country in our efforts to spread the word about hunger, food insecurity, and the need that exists right here in our community.
- Before the pandemic, millions of Americans faced hunger each year, including about 37,000 of our neighbors here in Lancaster County. That included about 1 in 5 children.
- The pandemic has greatly increased need. Since March, we've issued temporary Center Cards to more than 1,700 new families seeking food and/or diapers. We now distribute food to more than 1,700 families each week.
- Food insecurity for children can mean a lot more than hunger. It can mean an increase in health conditions like anemia or asthma, developmental impairments in language or motor skills, or an increase in social and behavioral problems.
Be a Social Media Advocate!
We've gone orange in support of #HungerActionMonth. Join the campaign for awareness by using our Facebook frame or another hunger-related frame and going orange on your social media profile.
Start a fundraiser on your profile to benefit the Center or another hunger-fighting organization.
Share facts and statistics about hunger, and tell your friends and family what you're doing to help end hunger this month.
Take Action, Raise Your Voice
Governor Ricketts needs to hear from you NOW. Call the Governor at 402.471.2244 and tell him that Nebraska's SNAP emergency benefits, which are 100 percent covered by the federal government, should continue as long as the federal state of emergency for the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Nebraska is the only state to not ask for this aid. But the pandemic is not over. Our friends and neighbors need all the available support to get through this crisis.
While we are not currently accepting the assistance of volunteers, plenty of hunger-fighting organizations in Lincoln are and need your help, including the Food Bank of Lincoln.
Help protect hunger-relief programs and encourage implementation of more with your vote on election day! Register to vote here. If you're worried about voting in-person, follow these instructions on requesting an early voting ballot.
If you're able, consider a monetary donation in honor of #HungerActionMonth to support our efforts to keep Lincoln fed.
September 10 is Hunger Action Day
Wear orange and raise your voice to call attention to the millions of Americans facing hunger across the country and those right here in our own community.
With your help we can alleviate hunger and keep our friends and neighbors fed!