“Silence the Growl” for those who experience summer hunger.
Summer Hunger in Our Community
We asked community experts Chelsea Salifou, CEO of Heartland Hope Mission and Mariel Harding, Community Impact Director at United Way of the Midlands, to share their insights on food insecurity in the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro area.
Together, we can ensure everyone has enough food in the summer.
During the month of May, UWM is raising funds to “Silence the Growl” and decrease summer hunger in the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro. With the help of corporate and individual donors, UWM will continue to invest in healthy food and hunger relief programs and partner with organizations to meet food needs in the community. These programs include:
- Emergency food pantries
- Healthy meal programs
- Community gardens
- After-school programs that include meals for the students
- Meal assistance for seniors
Help “Silence the Growl” for those in need.
Receive a $25 gift card to Flagship Restaurant Group when you make a $45 donation to United Way of the Midlands.
In 2017, with the support of the Iowa West Foundation (IWF), UWM published a report on food security in our community. Building upon this work, UWM secured a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to convene partners across the Omaha-Council Bluffs community to create a comprehensive plan to address food insecurity and improve the nutritional quality of food. For the past year, with the support of the USDA, the IWF and Wells Fargo, more than 40 public, private and nonprofit partners have been meeting to develop goals, strategies and objectives as part of this comprehensive plan. This work bolsters UWM’s ability to invest strategically in food supports across the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro area. In 2017, UWM funded programs provided nearly 500,000 healthy meals to people in our community.