Area Families Beneft From $30,000 State Farm Grant To Area Food Banks
State Farm Insurance announced today a $30,000 grant that supported the work of two Nebraska Food Banks during 2013.
“State Farm’s mission is to help people manage the risks of everyday life, recover from the unexpected, and realize their dreams,” said Public Affairs Specialist Kelly Pargett. “Helping build stronger communities through organizations such as the Food Bank of Lincoln and Food Bank for the Heartland is just one way we can be a good neighbor in Nebraska.”
Food Bank for the Heartland used $22,500 in grant funding from State Farm to help meet one of its biggest challenges, feeding people in need in rural communities. The State Farm funding allowed the Food Bank to purchase nutritious food for distribution through the Mobile Pantry program. A mobile pantry is a one-day direct distribution of food to families, seniors and children in partnership with local churches and civic groups. Mobile pantries were conducted over the summer in Wayne, O’Neill, Grand Island, Scottsbluff, Schuyler, Niobrara and Burwell.
“The Food Bank simply does not receive enough donated food to meet the demand,“ said Susan Ogborn, President & CEO of Food Bank for the Heartland. “In the last fiscal year, the Food Bank spend $2.2 million purchasing food. It’s through partnerships with organizations like State Farm that allows us purchase healthy food and to work toward our mission of distributing emergency and supplemental food to people in need in Nebraska and western Iowa.”
The Food Bank of Lincoln received $7,500 for its summer BackPack Program, a huge boost for children and families needing assistance when school meals are unavailable during the summer months.
“Summer time is probably the most challenging time of the year for families with kids that are struggling with food insecurity issues,” said Scott Young, Executive Director of the Food Bank of Lincoln. “State Farm’s gift to the Food Bank of Lincoln’s summer BackPack Program provided thousands of meals to kids who otherwise might have gone without. We are determined to continue to grow our summer feeding programs in collaboration with great partners like State Farm.”