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collective IMPACT

COMMON vision EXISTS AMONG ORGANIZATIONS WORKING TO MAKE AT-RISK POPULATIONS MORE FOOD SECURE. ALL AGREE THAT MORE CAN BE DONE COLLECTIVELY THAN ALONE IN THE EFFORT TO COMBAT AREA HUNGER. Omaha is replete with efforts that feature collaboration and cross-pollination. Some players, such as Saving Grace Perishable Food Rescue or City Sprouts, have distinct niches. Others, such as No More Empty Pots, are more comprehensive in scope and thus all roads lead there. One way or another, these organizations connect with coalitions like Hunger Free Heartland, a ConAgra Foods Foundation’s originated-initiative that’s evolved into the community-wide CHILD HUNGER ENDS HERE-OMAHA PLAN. Members of the HUNGER COLLABORATIVE – Food Bank for the Heartland and pantry operators Heart Ministry Center, Together and Heartland Hope Mission – collectively work to end food insecurity and to provide an array of human services. New collaborations are always surfacing, including the Prospect Village Community Garden Program that finds City Sprouts, No More Empty and Big Garden, among others, promoting the benefits of engaged, cohesive neighborhoods through community gardening.

RATHER THAN THROWING YOUR EXCESS FOOD AWAY IN THE trash WE CAN RESCUE YOUR FOOD AND GET IT TO PEOPLE THAT NEED IT.… IT’S EXCITING TO SEE HOW MUCH PEOPLE care AND WANT TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN.

Focusing on the efforts of three organizations among many making a difference in creating a secure, equitable food system offers insight into both the needs of those living in jeopardy in our region and the resources being applied to address those needs.

SAVING GRACE PERISHABLE FOOD RESCUE If it takes a village to raise a child, then it takes a communal effort to feed one. Experts agree no one source can solve food insecurity; instead, ending hunger takes multiple approaches. One is capturing excess food otherwise thrown away and giving it to hungry folks. That’s just what Saving Grace Perishable Food Rescue does.

~ BETH OSTDIEK SMITH FOUNDER, SAVING GRACE

Formed in late 2013 by BETH OSTDIEK SMITH, Saving Grace rescued more than 200,000 pounds of perishable food in its first ten months of operation. Ostdiek says a pound of food equals one meal.

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metroQUARTERLY’S Winter (Nov/Dec/Jan) 2014 Issue  

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metroQUARTERLY’S Winter 2014 Issue is online now! metroMAGAZINE/mQUARTERLY is published quarterly by ALH Publications, serving the Omaha/Lin...