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Food Bank for the Heartlnad targets rural hunger

July 25, 2014

Food Bank for the Heartland is partnering with Farm Credit Services of America to host a mobile food pantry in Broken Bow on Tuesday, August 12. More than 5,000 pounds of food will be distributed to individuals and families in need.

The mobile pantry on August 12 will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at Farm Credit Services of America, 535 S. 10th Ave. in Broken Bow. It is being funded by Farm Credit Services of America. Employees from the company will be volunteering. Those who attend the mobile pantry are invited to bring boxes or bags to assist in carrying the food.

A mobile pantry is a traveling food pantry that delivers food free of charge directly to individuals and families who need assistance for a one-day food distribution. The goal of the Food Bank’s mobile pantry program is to provide food where there is a high need but limited resources. Items to be distributed at the mobile pantry in Broken Bow include macaroni and cheese, brown rice, applesauce, green beans, chicken and sausage soup among others.

“Food Bank for the Heartland is excited to partner with Farm Credit Services of America,” said Amy Wackerhagen, Food Bank for the Heartland’s Director of Agency Relations. “This partnership will help provide food to many families in Custer County. Food Bank for the Heartland comes along side community organizations to assist them in distributing food to the individuals and families they serve. The Mobile Pantry program is one way we do this and we are grateful for the opportunity to serve Custer County.”

“Providing resources that positively impact the communities in which producers live and work is one way we give back to the rural life we value so highly," said Ryan Kirchhoff, vice president, Farm Credit Services of America, Broken Bow.

Results of a study supported by the ConAgra Foods Foundation, the Howard G. Buffett Foundation and the Nielsen Company show 9.6 percent, or 1,050 people, in Custer County are at-risk for hunger. Map the Meal Gap 2013 is a study from Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger relief organization, which provides data on a county level. Of the 1,770,749 people living in the 93 counties served by Food Bank for the Heartland, there are 211,590 struggling with hunger according to study results.

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