Food Bank Reaches Fundraising Goal Ahead of New Lincoln Headquarters Opening | Local

The new Lincoln Food Bank headquarters is expected to open this spring.

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The Lincoln Food Bank met its fundraising goal of $10.3 million for a new facility in northwest Lincoln, with more than 1,600 community members participating.

The 60,000 square foot headquarters, set to open this spring near Lincoln Airport, will allow the food bank to deliver more food to the estimated 57,510 residents facing hunger and food insecurity in southeastern Nebraska, according to a news release.

The fundraising campaign began privately in 2017. The food bank publicly announced its plans for a new location in January 2021 and opened the facility last May.

“We are grateful for every dollar of support given to help us increase our response to hunger,” said Michaella Kumke, president and CEO of Food Bank of Lincoln, in the press release. “The talent and hard work of a multitude of industries has made this dream a reality.”

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Michaella Kumke, President and CEO of Lincoln Food Bank

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The new building will allow for increased refrigeration capacity, which the organization says will help increase access to healthy food.

The new facility will also be equipped with classroom spaces and volunteer work areas, providing more welcoming environments for the community to engage and help shorten food queues through education, officials said. responsible.

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“Every gift counts; every donor matters,” said campaign chair Marilyn Moore. “Together, the result is visible and people’s lives are changed through access to healthy food. Thanks thanks thanks.”