February 04, 2010

Matthew 25 Resource 2/4/10-Food Bank of Lincoln (NE)

The Food Bank was founded by a concerned, innovative group of Lincoln’s citizens that recognized the need for such an organization, and that had a vision of a dynamic potential that could benefit southeast Nebraska’s non-profit community, and low-income families.

Our first building was at 36th and Adams, and the first General Manager of the Food Bank was Bob Troyer. Bob served in that capacity for two years, and was succeeded by Wende Baker, who was the Executive Director of the Food Bank for 17 years until the summer of 2001.

In 1987 the Food Bank moved to its second location, an 8,300 square feet structure at 57th and Russell Drive. In 1997 the Food Bank moved into its third and current location, 4840 Doris Bair Circle. The current facility has 21,500 square feet, and houses 13 staff members, and thousands of volunteers each year.

In 1983, the first full year of operation of the Food Bank, the organization gathered and distributed 405,988 pounds of food. Since the Food Bank opened its doors, we have gathered and distributed over 40,000,000 pounds of food in our sixteen county service area in southeast Nebraska. We have distributed over half of those pounds of food in the past 6 years.

In 2008 the Food Bank distributed 4,294,361 pounds of food, at an estimated wholesale value of $6,398,597. This year’s goal is to distribute 5,000,000 pounds of food to our 60 agencies in our 16 county service area in southeast Nebraska.
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