In the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro area, nearly 101,000 people (12.5%) do not consistently know where their next meal will come from. To address this issue, more than 70 partners from across the three county Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area came together to produce “Healthy Food for All – A Community Food Security Plan for Douglas, Sarpy and Pottawattamie Counties,” which identifies four goals and multiple strategies to improve food security and health in the local community.
During the twelve-month planning process that preceded the release of the plan, United Way of the Midlands (UWM) served as a neutral facilitator. Douglas County Health Department, Food Bank for the Heartland and No More Empty Pots served as strategic co-leads, and the USDA, Iowa West Foundation and UWM provided funding for the planning process. The plan was released to the public today and can be viewed at www.unitedwaymidlands.org/food-plan.