On Wednesday, May 23 during Omaha Gives, a 24-hour charitable challenge in the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro area, United Way of the Midlands (UWM) is directing donations to programs that alleviate summer hunger.
Over 102,000 people are food insecure, and summer can be particularly difficult for them. During the school year, 62,000 students in the metro area qualify for free or reduced lunches. During the summer, when these supports are not available, families have to find new ways to provide meals. In Nebraska, 1 in 5 children are considered food insecure.