An estimated one in five Nebraskans is “food insecure”---that is, they don’t know where their next meal will come from.
An event this coming Saturday in Omaha seeks to provide 300,000 meals for local families struggling with hunger. It’s called the “Million Meal March.” Volunteers are needed to help the Omaha chapter of Minnesota-based Kids Against Hunger pack meals at the CenturyLink Center for international and local distribution.
Joanne Bemis, Development Director for the Salvation Army of Omaha, says they provided 16,000 free meals to Omaha children just last summer. Each month, the Salvation Army provides about 950 free meals to kids at two afterschool programs.
Together Inc. Executive Director Michelle Moyes Dill says 58,000 families in the metro area have an income of less than $25,000 a year. She says it takes $43,000 a year for a family to provide for its needs without outside assistance.
More information on the Million Meal March is available at www.omahakah.com. The remaining 700,000 meals will be distributed to Haiti and Africa.