Nonprofits Work to Reach All Food Insecure Families Across Metro Area, Greater Region
By Scott Stewart
The Daily Record
More than 100,000 people in the Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area don’t consistently know where they will get their next meal. In some parts of the metro area, nearly half of the residents are food insecure, according to research funded by the United Way of the Midlands and the Iowa West Foundation. The problem is even more prevalent among families with children.
“All of us need access to healthy, nutritious, affordable food,” said Nancy Williams, president and CEO of the grassroots Omaha nonprofit No More Empty Pots, in a news release. “We know that when we consume more healthy food, it can lead us to live better lives.”
To address those challenges, United Way joined with more than 70 community partners to produce a food security plan for residents of Douglas, Sarpy and Pottawattamie counties that identifies goals and seeks to align efforts to feed more hungry people in the metro area.